This encapsulated my last job in the software industry, when I was speechwriter/slide monkey for an executive. I enjoyed helping set the messaging, but didn't relish making the slides.
Art: Owen, I want you to put a couple of slides together for the big meeting.
Owen: No problem.
Art: Projects. Timelines. Goals. Just the main bullet points.
Owen: Piece of cake.
Desmond: How's it going?
Owen (stressed): What's better: four bullets or five? Can you have half a bullet?!
Last week was the first leg of the Unshelved Fall Speaking Tour, and as usual I got a lot of programming done on the flights. There's something magical about the creativity imposed by six hours without Internet.
On the way there I replaced our pretty sidebar icons with even-prettier ones supplied by Paul, and added Art to the About page. More importantly I implemented actual blog support, with databases, permalinks, and stuff like that. On the way back I revamped our RSS (actually Atom) support, with improved compatibility (it almost validates!) and blog posts like this one.
Things that are making my life wonderful right now:
Things that are making my life difficult right now:
My next flight is in November, so I guess that's the next time I'll do more work on the site...
P.S. Because of the changes to our feed you may suddenly get a giant lump of repostings to your newsreader. Sorry!