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Second Gear, Snowy Traffic, Firefighting Games [Jan. 29th, 2013|12:29 am]
Beemer
After an excellent Star Wars session on Saturday I did basically nothing all day yesterday. I think I'm fighting something off; I don't feel bad, per se, but I felt like I was stuck in second gear all day today. Managed to get an abstract written and sent off, but not much else.

It started snowing this afternoon, so I left work a little early. The roads were clear, but traffic was horrid. I actually did the exit-ramp bypass thing (off the highway and back on again) to avoid getting jammed up at 2 mph forever and ever. Twice! Technically legal, but I felt a bit guilty for breaking the social compact -- it *is* kinda like cutting in line. Jeff called it "a perfect example of Lawful Neutral behavior".

Enjoyable low-key games night at the Ottems' this evening. We played a quick game of Dominion, and then a cooperative firefighting game, which was pretty fun. It did a good job of capturing fire dynamics like "I can't open that door or we'll get backdraft and this room will fill with fire", as well as "we're fine, we're fine, oh god the house is about to collapse". We didn't manage to get much in the way of bonus points, but we did win the game on Veteran difficulty. And I made sure we rescued both the dog and the cat. (Much more important than the two remaining humans...)
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[User Picture]From: nehrlich
2013-01-29 07:32 am (UTC)
I hate that feeling of being stuck in second gear, where you know you're not operating at full capacity, but you're not actually noticeably impaired. In some ways, I prefer being really sick. Except when I'm actually really sick, and then I call myself insane for preferring that state. I'm a little schizophrenic, honestly. I do wish I had the gumption to say "Y'know what? I'm not being very effective today so I'm calling it a sick day and heading home." But I don't. Alas.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-01-29 07:14 pm (UTC)
I'm good at just throwing in the towel when it is clear that productivity is not gonna happen. But I'm also lazier than you are.
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[User Picture]From: nehrlich
2013-01-29 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'm super lazy! I just also have an overdeveloped set of responsibility when stuff has to get done. But without outside impetus, I would happily do nothing for days and days and days, as is evident by my total lack of doing anything outside of work these days (unlike your cooking and game playing and all sorts of other things that you do).

And I actually stayed home today! I had no meetings scheduled, and I was still feeling the after effects of a bug I had over the weekend, so I decided to "work from home" because my next tasks all involved reading and writing, which are difficult for me to do in the cubes at work. Except that I have done no work so far at 3pm, and instead have been napping and re-reading comfort novels. So I am calling this a mental health day and not feeling guilty about it, since there's nothing urgent to do at work these week. So ha!
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-01-29 11:52 pm (UTC)
Good for you!

I guess for me, the difference between low-productivity and high-productivity is stark enough that I don't feel like trying to deal with important things when I'm just not up to snuff is a sensible use of time. It's much better in terms of net long-term productivity to focus on whatever I need to do to get my brain fully on-line again. (Especially since I've had my productivity actually go negative when I tried to write code while my thinking was all fuzzy...)
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[User Picture]From: nehrlich
2013-01-30 03:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think it's different when writing code, because the difference is so stark there, and as you say, poorly written code is negative productivity. A lot of my job these past few years has been writing emails and business models and presentations, which I really don't have to be at peak productivity to be able to do - I can just kind of slog through.

It is a little distressing how tired I feel even after taking a full day of rest yesterday - I think I've been pushing myself a little hard recently (more in the social realm than the work realm, though - I had social plans on 6 of the past 8 days or something).
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2013-01-29 06:58 pm (UTC)
I don't feel well
But I don't feel bad
Ugh

That is my current state as well. So, I feel your not-well-not-sick state. Come to my blanket fort. It's safe in there.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-01-29 07:13 pm (UTC)
But then I have to get up and move around and it's so farrrrrrrrrrr... #whine

I'm feeling better today. I think I'm in third gear and might even manage a bit of fourth but we'll see.

I sucked on a few zinc lozenges on Sunday and have been drinking two airborne tablets a day (because yay fizzy orange drink) but maybe it's just that today is sunny instead of super-overcast.
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[User Picture]From: baronet
2013-02-01 01:47 pm (UTC)

Flashpoint

I really like Flashpoint. I have been playing a lot of cooperative games lately.

When I explain the game to people, I tell that that it is (just as) important to rescue the dog and cat because the chief wants to look good for the cameras.
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