squeezing time

It is almost lunch time here and I’ve only now gotten time to post.  But, I did  this morning what I’ve found myself doing more and more over the last several years:  I wrote much of the post in my head, or at least a bunch of snippets of what would go into the post, before I sat down to the computer.  I’m not sure that this is because we’ve got two young children, and so I’m forced to squeeze time out of what would otherwise be non-work time, like driving the kids to school or daycare, making breakfast, and so on, or if as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that much of what I think about I’ll have to eventually write down, and so I think more in sentences right from the get go.  I suspect that most everyone does this now that email is so consuming.

It is March Break for elementary schools here, so the time squeeze is even more pronounced this week.  I’m writing this as our older son plays with a friend in the other room on the Wii.

Voice recognition on iphone

In reading other day of DH posts I found that I wasn’t the only one having trouble finding time to post. Some people, however, were making time by using their iPhones or mobile devices to post. On the day of DH I had a blackberry pearl which I didn’t find very good for editing text. Partly influenced by the day of DH posts about iPhones, I have subsequently got an iPhone, which is much better. I still, however, find it difficult to enter large amounts of text. More difficult than using a standard laptop keyboard. I have been experimenting, however, with voice recognition. This post I am dictating into my iPhone using Dragon, a free iPhone app that converts your spoken words into text. I still have to edit the text after I dictate, but it does seem to save me some time. It is certainly a very different mind set from typing in text. I find that I have to pause the voice recognition software after every sentence before continuing on to the next. After dictating my text I’ll copy it to the clipboard on my iPhone and then paste it into the day of DH blog.

normal day

So the Day of DH day for me wasn’t typical. March break for elementary schools meant much less time than normal. A typical day for me is some combination of: coding, interpreting requirements, discussing requirements, rewording and passing on interpreted requirements to others for coding, administrative work (book-keeping/hours/accounting), and always email. Most everything is fun, except the administrative work. At one point I thought I could hand a lot of this off to accountants, but I’ve found it doesn’t work that way. I have to stay on top of everything — which takes a lot of time.

My main interest at the moment is offset markup for annotation, which I’m working on as part of the Collected Letters of Bertrand Russell project at McMaster University.