I will start off my journal with the following quote about design. The quote speaks to me and reflects very well about how I feel about working on something, no matter how small or trivial it is:
“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares, as opposed to ugly things. That’s my intent.” – Saul Bass
While having my breakfast, I went about reading several articles on Medium.
The first article talks about when writing code is a waste of time. That is extremely useful for me because I’m someone who likes to rewrite codes just because I don’t like what I created previously or I hate what someone created. So that article helps me better evaluate when is the best time to rewrite and when not to. But I’m still a highly emotive person so my feelings may just overwrite everything when it comes to the actual situation.
The second article talks about The Myth of the “Jack-of-All-Trades, Master of None”. Because of my recent shift to doing more creative stuff instead of pure engineering, that article is particularly insightful and helpful for me. It served to reinforce that I am on the right track and my innate interest in so many fields, even if it’s theory, is very useful and can aid in me doing design.
After breakfast, I had a shower and brushed my teeth. I switched up what I wear. Originally, I kept wearing the same set of olive green flannel shirt and black chino pants to work. Today, I went full black by wearing a black checkered flannel shirt instead.
In case you are wondering, I’m still living a minimalistic lifestyle because of two things: Focus and Essentials
Instead of going to office, I went to the customer’s office to do some deployment. Yesterday, I mentioned that I didn’t prepare the ClickOnce package properly. Today, it turns out I could just install the application as per usual and then change the configuration file locally. The application works as intended.
Throughout the day, it was all about troubleshooting issues found and getting the whole system functioning again.
However, I found most of my time spent just waiting around for either my colleague to finish their part or for the sub-contractor to finish fixing some stuff. In the meantime, I got a pretty big backlog of development work that I need to do. This “going to site” is just not an effective use of my time. And from what I know, we are simply rushing to meet some arbitrarily deadline set by management with insufficient manpower.
We also went to lunch separately so that our chairs and table don’t get taken away by other contractors from other companies who are working on other projects for the customer. After all, we are always in the datacenter and there are limited furnitures for us to use. It is also more effective in a way because we don’t need to wait for the customer to have someone around to help us unlock the physical server racks after we lock them up when we step away.
Work ended early at 5.30 and by then, I’m confident that the things that I need to do are done. Tomorrow I’m so staying in office to do my development. Someone else can go over instead.
Another thing that happened was my colleague commenting on another colleague about her approach to work. All I did was just nod and listen with the occasional smile. For me, I will let the end result of whatever work done to be the best example. My team lead shall be the best judge and let him decide. I will just focus on doing what I enjoy doing.
What am I watching
I went and watched Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars on iTunes after coming across it when I was looking for something to watch. It costed me $20 to buy on iTunes and there was no rent option. It wasn’t on Netflix either. Despite all that, I enjoyed watching the show.
How I feel
I had mixed feelings today.
I felt bored because of troubleshooting. I always preferred creation and then perfecting whatever creation that I have done.
I felt irritated by the fact that I am wasting time when I could be writing more codes and doing design.
Yet, I’m also tired from the long day at work. I’m happy too because I finally got around to write bits and pieces of my novel. Finally, there’s some achievement there.
State of my novel writing
As I have recently started working on my novel with whatever time I can find, I think I should mention a little about it.
I’m just not someone who plans his work out in advance. I write based on how I feel like doing at that time or whatever inspiration that struck. Thus far, even though the novel is a science fiction novel, I didn’t focus on creating the world and the technology. Instead, I focus on relationship; specifically, the relationship of two main characters and how it evolved. I didn’t have an exact chronological order. I just write in a way that’s most intuitive to me.