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Technology and the easily-distracted mind

Since I started my PhD adventure I have been finding it hard to focus, with reading academic texts and writing anything meaningful being particular issues.  I am often a little bit tired and struggling to juggle too many thoughts and tasks.  I am hoping my newly acquired piece of late 1990s technology will help rid me of some distractions.

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Just a quick post about incompetence on a very small but very personal level.

It has just taken me three attempts to put the correct URLs in the correct places in a blog post. The problem? There were only two references to get in the right order and yet it still took three attempts.

This must be a similar level of ineptitude as when it takes me more than two attempts to put a USB connector (an A connector if you’re interested) the right way round in the socket.

How hard can it be?

It vexes me. I’m terribly vexed.

The Hazards of Forced Participation

If someone has had the opportunity (gaps in talking) to contribute to a group discussion, but hasn’t spoken up, then maybe:

  1. they haven’t got anything they want to contribute at that moment; or
  2. they don’t feel comfortable or confident expressing their views in the group situation; and
  3. they may well not appreciate any attempts, within that group situation at least, to cajole them into participating.


Adding Post Categories

Until about 20 minutes ago all posts on the blog appeared in one long list.  Now they don’t have to.

David suggested that it might be a good idea to have a separate space for any posts that are only really intended for that author’s future reference.  I agree that it’s potentially a good idea to provide separate spaces for the “hey everyone, here’s an idea” posts and the “here’s something I really need to look at in the morning” posts.

The only real concern seemed to be that interesting posts might get lost and so I’ve added in a new widget which prominently displays the 10 most recent posts regardless of which category they are in.  I’ve also added a category choice widget.

Also, as a side effect of choosing a single category to display, the front page now only shows the first few lines of each post.  I’m not sure whether this is an improvement.  It does make it easier to scan through the posts but you can’t see the pretty pictures any more.

Let’s give it a go and see what we think.

PS: David, this is a test. Please comment on this post when you read it otherwise I’ll think categories might not be such a good idea ;-).

The Hazards of Multitasking

Have just upgraded WordPress on another website to the latest version. I didn’t pick the best time to do it as there was too much going on at home but was seduced by the prospect of an automatic upgrade.

Needless to say the automatic upgrade didn’t work (WordPress must have an in-built administrator stress detector) and I ended up carrying out my first WordPress upgrade manually.

Working through a small list of upgrade steps shouldn’t be a difficult task but in the chaos I missed one and broke the website. It’s fixed now but my headache is now a little worse :-).

Note to self: leave any remotely taxing computing tasks alone until everyone has gone to bed. Or at least anyone less than three feet tall.