A bit overstretched


in Daily updates, Economics, Photography

Between work, the job search, running this site (and BuryCoal), and photography, I am finding myself rather busy these days.

That is the context in which I have been receiving a number of requests to do commercial photographic work. That is exciting and an opportunity to learn new skills. At the same time, it is a possible distraction from activities that are ultimately more important, such as making my own small contribution to the fight against climate change.

As such, I am going to be pretty picky about the projects I undertake. If the work is interesting or serves a group or cause that is worthy of approval, I will consider a potential project more favourably. Otherwise, I will be demanding a rate of pay that corresponds to the scarcity of my free hours.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Antonia January 24, 2011 at 6:00 am

So glad to hear this. Well deserved opportunities.

Milan February 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Some things I should do:

1) Apply for an Action Canada fellowship

2) Review “Now or Never”

3) Review “The Moral Landscape”

4) Finish and review “Outliers”

5) Find a job

6) Finish processing photos from Hamilton

7) Finish shooting film, then mail it to Neal

8) Finish letter to new environment minister

9) Prepare guest lecture

10) Produce new draft of my low-carbon finance idea

11) Find some more contributors for BuryCoal

12) Look into application procedures for doctoral programs next fall

13) Skate!

14) Practice studio lighting

15) Further personalize blog themes

16) Take a university course

17) Improve my French

18) Get driver’s license

19) Photograph a wedding commercially

20) File my taxes

21) Ship my books in Vancouver out east

22) Add recent posts to climate change index

23) Read and review “Climate Ethics”

24) Finish unpacking

25) Customize 404 error page

26) Go indoor climbing with Emily

27) Give books to Erin

28) Read and review “I am a Strange Loop”

29) Update C.V.

30) Frame UBC diploma

31) Get textbooks from Bloom psychology course

32) Add audio track to Ignite slides

33) Read and review “Couple Skills”

34) Update addresses with everybody

35) Write a will and a living will

36) Read Katie’s thesis

37) Read Gabe’s thesis

38) Have an annual check up

39) Research Canada’s environmental petition process

40) Update personal monthly budget

41) Get Jordan Peterson’s book

42) Set up website for low-carbon finance idea

43) Set up Beaver Barracks reading group

44) Read Jan 22nd issue of The Economist

45) Read Jan 15th issue

46) Re-read “Getting Things Done”

47) Get a scanner

48) Clear apartment of clutter

49) Donate unwanted clothes

50) Backup GMail

51) Get bookshel(f/ves)

52) Write proper response to ‘ethical oil’ idea

53) Fix various issues with websites in mobile browsers

54) Have light suit trousers and dark jeans hemmed

54) Have gash in coat pocket repaired

55) Get brown dress shoes

56) Read and review “American Earth”

57) Get prescription for eyeglasses

58) Get new orthodics

59) Fix wonky MS Office installation on iMac

60) Respond to long-neglected emails

61) Respond to selected blog posts

62) Calculate true scientifically ideal weight

63) Read up on civil disobedience

64) Pay hydro bill

65) Photograph ice sculptures at Winterlude

66) Go through ‘@Pending’ and ‘@Waiting for’ items in GMail

67) Read and review “Shadows of Consumption”

68) Get Barbour Beaufort jacket

69) Get third suit for cold seasons

70) Reformat space race essay

71) Deal with strange hosting issues with DreamHost

72) Buy groceries

73) Iron dress shirts

74) Gain access to smart metering web portal

75) Check for job opportunities at Google.org

76) Check for job opportunities with the British Columbia and Ontario governments

77) Store or discard moving boxes

78) Recharge flash batteries

79) Read Myles et al. geoengineeering study

80) Fix Google Calendar issue, re: birthdays

81) Try a time lapse photography project

82) Re-read the New Testament

83) Watch ‘Gasland’

84) Deal with saved BlogLines items

85) Catch up on neglected blogs

86) Get PDF of issues of 2600 magazine

87) Start photography discussion group

88) Clean burned popcorn from bottom of large cooking pot

89) Fix conflict between SSL plugin and wp-comments

90) Look into whether cheaper cell phone options exist

91) Research what heroes of mine had done by age 27

92) Read books that were Christmas gifts

93) Enter Oxford trees photography competition

94) Arrange times to speak with friends on Skype

95) Read 152 mailing list emails, 101 job search emails, 14 emails related to clubs

96) Sort through business cards people have given me

97) Finish slideshow of photos taken in New York City this summer

98) Finish putting together Flickr portfolio

99) Transfer money to savings account

100) Get a good night’s sleep

oleh February 2, 2011 at 5:29 am

Your list is staggering. However, be having it I expect you will get more done.

I also hope you are finding time to enjoy the longer hours of daylight.

Re Item 91 who are your heroes?

. July 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Too much information
How to cope with data overload

GOOGLE “information overload” and you are immediately overloaded with information: more than 7m hits in 0.05 seconds. Some of this information is interesting: for example, that the phrase “information overload” was popularised by Alvin Toffler in 1970. Some of it is mere noise: obscure companies promoting their services and even more obscure bloggers sounding off. The overall impression is at once overwhelming and confusing.

“Information overload” is one of the biggest irritations in modern life. There are e-mails to answer, virtual friends to pester, YouTube videos to watch and, back in the physical world, meetings to attend, papers to shuffle and spouses to appease. A survey by Reuters once found that two-thirds of managers believe that the data deluge has made their jobs less satisfying or hurt their personal relationships. One-third think that it has damaged their health. Another survey suggests that most managers think most of the information they receive is useless.

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: