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At work I’ve spent the last couple of weeks mired in planning spreadsheets, shuffling chunks of information around from here to there, from that to this. It’s the kind of work that needs to get done whilst in the full realisation that it’s a bit of a drag. But, as my Mother says “You can’t always get what you want”, well should have had my mother been Mick Jagger and, let’s be honest, if Mick Jagger was my mother then it’s unlikely that I’d be blogging about spreadsheets.

Instead I’d be blogging about the fact that I was a medical marvel, having been given birth to by a man.

That’s not to say I’m NOT a medical marvel, just that I choose not to talk about THAT THING that makes me SPECIAL (you mere mortals wouldn’t understand, so don’t ask).

So there I am, sitting at my desk, an endless series of spreadsheets full of words and numbers in front of, watching as they spin and float off the screen just like they would in a big Hollywood movie full of special effects.

But hey, it needs to get done.

And then, at home, I’m busy being creative, having just finished off a website for a client and in the midst of reworking design mockups for another.

It’s a bit of a head fuck to be honest, and I find myself taking far longer than usual to get my mindset to change.

However, that’s nothing new, I always have had a bit of an issue switching context and know that it takes me a few moments for my brain to re-engage and have tried several strategies in the past, none of which work.

Until now.

Believe it or not, the noise and chatter of Twitter really does help me make that switch. Going from a rote, line by line, formulaic piece of work, to the small and digestable chunks of randomness that is my Twitter channel, allows my brain to break away from the previous context and very soon I’m able to tackle something more creative. I’ve not tried it in reverse mind you, but certainly the effect of checking in with Twitter seems to allow my brain to relax.

Does that mean I don’t value Twitter, that I pay less attention there? Perhaps, or perhaps it’s the fact that the cognitive load on my brain is different, and the switch to reading 140 character tweets helps reduce that load and allow other areas of my brain to kick in. Sort of like shifting to neutral before picking a lower gear in your car so you can accelerate past a car.

Anyone else use Twitter the same way? As a stop gap between different types of work or task?

And, whilst I’m asking, why DO you use Twitter?

P.S. My Mother is not on Twitter, neither is Mick Jagger.
P.P.S. If you really want to know about why I’m a medical marvel, ask. I’m sure I can come up with something…

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The online status of blogrolling.com is currently changing faster than superman in a phone booth. One minute it’s up, next minute it’s down. I wouldn’t mind but I can’t get the built in “blogrolling-esque” WordPress stuff to work properly (it won’t show when I site has been updated), and considering Bloglines was down for a while yesterday I can’t even tag into that system.

So, for the next few hours, there ain’t no blogroll. Sorry.

Decided something is better than nothing – Other Blogs section now back (on the left) but doesn’t show when a site has updated.

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Whilst I’m bitching, does anyone know how to STOP WordPress adding paragraph tags where it doesn’t need to? Keeps catching me out but chucking them in where they aren’t required. Will search the forums later. I’m hoping to learn a lot more about WordPress in the coming months, especially as I’ve bitten the bullet and signed up to work on their Wiki. Guess I should finish the first batch of topics on the HaloScan Wiki first though.

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AND ANOTHER THING!! The search only seems to return the first 10 posts. WHY OH WHY OH WHY!

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OK, I’m cheating on this one, I’m supposed to email several people with this, but I’m too damn lazy.

(One thing about my friend S who sent me this, we both like mashed potato, and I’d just bought The Cold Six Thousand a day before I got her email! Spooky coincidence)

1. LIVING ARRANGEMENT? With my wonderful wife.
2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? The City and The Stars – Arthur C Clarke, Harts War – John Katzenbach, Underworld – Don DeLillo.
3. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Don’t use one, the joys of an optical mouse.
4. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOARD GAME? Trivial Pursuit I guess, only one we play.
5. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MAGAZINE? Q, Focus, FHM… depends on my mood.
6a. FAVOURITE SMELLS? freshly cut grass, concrete after a summer shower.
6b. NON FAVOURITE SMELLS? Aniseed.
7. FAVOURITE SOUND? A river or stream gurgling across rocks.
8. WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD? Feeling lost.
9. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THEMORNING? Do I HAVE to get up?
10. FAVOURITE COLOUR? Blue (any shade really)
11. HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE? 2 usually.
12. NAME OF FUTURE CHILD? Boy = Andrew, Girl = ?? (Rebecca?)
13. MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE? Louise.
14. FAVOURITE FOODS? Potato. Any form.
15. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Chocolate.
16. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST? Yes.
17. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL. No.
18. STORMS? Yes, driving rain, huge heavy claps of thunder, startling flashes of lightning.
19. WHAT TYPE WAS YOUR FIRST CAR? Renault Clio (BUD).
20. IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE? Martin Luther King Jnr.
21. FAVOURITE DRINK? Southern Comfort.
22. WHAT IS YOUR ZODIAC SIGN? Libra.
23. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI? Halfway down.
24. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED WHAT WOULD IT BE? Zoo Keeper.
25. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE? Yes, still am!
26. IS THE GLASS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY? Half empty.
27. FAVOURITE MOVIES? The Shawshank Redemption / Face Off / Groundhog Day / Godfather Trilogy.
28. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS? Half and half.
29. WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED? Dust.
30. FAVOURITE SONG? Too many to list…
31. FAVOURITE SPORT TO WATCH? Basketball (NBA)
32. YOUR FAVOURITE AGE IN LIFE SO FAR? Mid-twenties.
33. SAY ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS: Caring, loving, funny, smart, ohhh ONE thing… She’s FAB!
34. NAME A PERSON WHO YOU WILL SEND THIS TO AND IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND: I’m gonna guess… Jenny
35. NAME A PERSON WHO IS LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND: Stuart

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