Crunch Time!

I am in crunch time for the project my team is rolling out this weekend so my time is limited today. Crunch time is always a mixture of eagerness, excitement, and exhaustion. For example, I put in 11 hours on Monday, and 13 hours yesterday, yet the days flew by. My to-do list has not yet reached the equilibrium point where it stops growing and begins shrinking, slowly at first and then faster and faster. But I expect that to happen within the next 24 hours.

On days like this I really enjoy getting out for my morning walks. Yesterday, the CDC announced that it was safe for fully vaccinated people to go outdoors in small groups without masks, to exercise, run, etc. without masks. On my walk yesterday morning, nearly everyone I saw wore a mask. This morning, I saw only 2 people (out of scores) wearing masks. So the news is spreading. One positive side-effect to the maskless people is that I can see smiles again as I pass them by.

These morning walks clear my head and I come back ready to tackle the day. I am full of ideas and things to do, which is a why I am rushing this post and typing furiously to get it written.

The computer-themed reading continues. Having completed Where the Wizards Stay Up Late by Kate Hafner and Matthew Lyon, and The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder(both good), I now find myself reading and enjoying The Dream Machine by M. Mitchell Waldrop, a long biography of J.C.R. Licklider. I feel, however, that I am coming to the end of really good books on the history of computing. If anyone has recommendation that I haven’t already read, I’d love to hear them.

Sorry for the abbreviated post today, but I’ve got to get back to work. Making your way through crunch time is like battling a tidal wave, but it is a fun battle to fight.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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