June 5, 2002

Saalon‘s updated his diary with info on his fantastic movie directing experience. Fair warning: You probably won’t understand half of the in-jokes.

I forgot to mention that Brennen and I attemped some pair programming Monday night. Despite two hours of wrestling with VNC and various operating systems, we finally got VNC running, and were able to collaborate on the Murmur website, talking on the phone as we shared an ssh connection.

It was an amazingly productive experience. We were able to make smart command decisions very rapidly, Brennen offering several technical solutions of which I was completely unaware. Most of our time was spent with relatively high-level decision-making; I look forward to experiencing the more code-level problems. We should be doing it again next Monday night, Lord willing.

I’m not using my computers much lately, intentionally. The reason for this is twofold:

  1. I’ve been struggling with an unhealthy interest in pornography for over a decade now (of course, what’s a healthy interest in pornography)? I realized recently that I only seek porn online. Playboy magazines or Blockbuster videos or what-have-you just aren’t a problem for me. As such, maybe it would be wise for me to limit my access to the online world.
  2. I’ve been thinking about my happiness, especially as it relates to my computer usage. If I were to throw my computers into the trash, once I got over the withdrawal from the various communities in which I’m involved, would I really feel that bad? Could I still be happy and productive? I think so.

I’m not going to toss my computers; that’s a bit too extreme for the moment. But I’m going to try deliberately limiting the amount of time I spend on the computer, to see what I fill my time with otherwise. I spend a lot of time on the computer, doing various things. If I didn’t have a computer, might I be reading or drawing a lot more?

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