Cranking out this week's notes in rapid fashion and keeping it especially short and sweet because:
On to the notes:
This recalls something I sent something I sent to a museum Slack channel. This, too, is fodder for future "content."
The phrase "yak shaving" is EVERYWHERE in programming communities (refers to all the little side tasks people do on their way to getting the work done that the actually intended to do... like, "I'll write up a paper, but first I need to format my Word document just the right way... and then I need to organize my reference files... and now learn how to use Excel to plot out a pie chart for my data... Is Excel the right tool? Hmmm... Let me go learn R..." etc)
"Yak Shaving" came from MIT (a CSAIL researcher repurposed the term from a Ren and Stimpy cartoon), It is part of programming culture & lore & fairly recent history (i.e. people involved are still alive and quite accessible).
My question: what would it mean and require for our museum to add the phrase "Yak Shaving" to our collection? (similar like MoMA collecting the "@" symbol)
I suspect there are myriad examples of programming culture like this from the past decades at MIT.
Similar to refocusing my input diet, I confessed to a couple of colleagues this week that I'm suffering from quite a bit of meeting fatigue. If I'm being honest, while I certainly enjoy participating in many of these discussions, I'm starting to realize that the value I'm extracting or contributing to them is quite minimal compared to the time they chew up in my weeks; it's been hard to find uninterrupted blocks to do meaningful work. So, tactics:
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