GTD: When You Are Stuck


Some David Allen "twos" – two reasons we procrastinate, and two kinds of problems

Here is a pair of related thoughts that I picked up from David Allen‘s Getting Things Done. Paraphrasing him:

  • There are only two reasons for procrastination: The task is either a) overwhelming (too big), or b) not motivating (unpleasant).
  • There are only two problems in life: a) You know what your want, and you don’t know how to get it, and/or b) you don’t know what you want.

As you might have guessed, Allen’s solution (typically clear and powerful) is to apply his two big focusing questions, respectively:

  1. What’s the next action?
  2. What’s the desired outcome?

(I’ve been reading IdeaMatt all morning… great site)

Goods explanation "udemakura"

Good sleeping and sweet dream… … …Let’s see with “boyfriend arm pillow and girlfriend arm pillow”

This….. it is held and a feeling is unbearable.
Nap,While he watches television.Usage is you the order.
The design which carried out the form in the left half of the male upper half of the body.
When making it inside-out,of course,it is a right half.
They are the usual pillow which puts the head ,and the pillow of it cures which puts the body and which has held and has the comfort a pillow.
Moreover,a shirt can be removed ordinarily and can be washed.
Read More… Drawings by Children

Things that make me go “hmmmmm” Drawings by Children

This website features a series of drawings made by children who were abducted by aliens for the alien purpose of creating a new race of alien/human hybrids.

The drawings show different aspects of the alien abduction phenomenon and include:

cruel medical procedures performed on children,

children boarding alien spacecraft with other aliens,

children playing with alien/hybrid children so the alien/hybrids can learn how to be human,

children being taken by aliens against their will, and

the types of aliens encountered by the abducted children.

The pictures were drawn by children who successfully resisted the aliens by using a “thought screen helmet” which blocks the telepathic control aliens have over humans.

The helmet is a leather hat lined with eight sheets of Velostat, an electrically conductive plastic used to prevent static electricity damage to electronic components. The girl in this photo has two other cloth hats lined with Velostat which she wears to school.

The Super Flood

Seattle Weekly
The Super Flood
by Frank Parchman

Some 5,600 years ago, the body of water we call Puget Sound had an arm that extended 30 miles inland from present-day Elliott Bay in Seattle to a point halfway between Auburn and Sumner. Today, of course, that is the Green River Valley?the narrow, flat suburban land of Kent and Renton and the industrial lowlands of South Seattle. It would be reasonable to think that this change happened gradually, but scientists have determined that most of the long-gone stretch of inland sea was transformed by a single event that created 200 square miles of land in a matter of hours, with waves of mud 20 feet to 600 feet high. Imagine a wall the consistency of wet concrete traveling up to 60 mph. This mudflow destroyed everything in its path, uprooting entire old-growth forests. It hit Puget Sound with such force and with so much material that it flowed underwater for 15 miles, maybe farther. An area of hundreds of square miles was covered with mud and debris up to 350 feet deep.

Say it, don’t spray it: Dealing with jokes, rumors, and spam

Note: this is part of an article written by “The Crabby Office Lady,” a
Microsoft columnist.

<b>”Say it, don’t spray it.”</b> <i>I’ve used this little saying before,
and it apparently made an impression on some of my readers (who, of
course, wrote to tell me about it). But some of you are still not getting
the message. When I wrote that line, I was talking about using the Bcc box
to prevent all your e-mail recipients from seeing each others’ e-mail
addresses. It’s the courteous thing to do (and I’m nothing if not an
e-mail etiquette advocate, even though not the perfect practitioner).</i>

<i>So, why an entire column about it? Well, this column is not just about
the Bcc box, per se. It’s more about how to deal with keeping all those
jokes (rarely funny), rumors (rarely true), and spam e-mail (rarely funny
or true) from soiling your pristine Inbox when your senders are clueless
about the Bcc box.</i>

Read more…
(This may be a first… I don’t think I’ve ever pointed at a Microsoft
site before!) Interview with Joe Kraus of

What is JotSpot?

JotSpot is a venture-backed company started two years ago. It is what most people would consider a hosted Wiki, but we like to think about JotSpot in the long-term as a pioneer of do-it-yourself applications.

The industry has spent the last 10 years on do-it-yourself-publishing on the net, making it easier for a non-technical person to put words on a page that someone else can read. On the other hand, very little, if any, time has been spent trying to make it easier for an end-user to build an application online.

JotSpot is starting out in the do-it-yourself publishing arena with Wikis, but what we’re really trying to accomplish over the long-term is to enable end-users to build simple, lightweight, web-based applications.

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Archimedes Death Ray: Idea Feasibility Testing

Ancient Greek and Roman historians recorded that during the siege of Syracuse in 212 BC, Archimedes (a notably smart person) constructed a burning glass to set the Roman warships, anchored within bow and arrow range, afire. The story has been much debated and oft dismissed as myth.

TV’s MythBusters were not able to replicate the feat and ?busted? the myth.

Intrigued by the idea and an intuitive belief that it could work, MIT’s 2.009ers decided to apply the early product development ?sketch or soft modeling? process to the problem.

Our goal was not to make a decision on the myth?we just wanted to assess if it was at least possible, and have some fun in the process. Jumping ahead, you can see the result? but let?s start at the beginning of the process.

Read More… | 09/30/2005 | AMD brings bare-bones PC to consumers


By Dean Takahashi

Mercury News

Radio Shack plans to start selling a low-cost alternative to the personal computer starting Sunday.

The $299 machine, dubbed the Personal Internet Communicator, was designed by Advanced Micro Devices to access the Internet and perform basic computing tasks.

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