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Sometimes, I wish I had a direct link from my brain to my livejournal.

I keep thinking up these great discussion generating posts I want to make, then forgetting them by the time I get in front of a computer.

This is a bit interesting when one considers how much time I spend in front of a computer. I wonder if my head needs time away from the computer to do certain kinds of creative thinking.

I need to start using my notebook more often. Though that wouldn't help me in the bathroom or the shower, which is where a lot of this thought occurs.

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kalivor
Apr. 26th, 2002 01:32 pm (UTC)
Yes. You have to get away from the computer to be creative, for the most part.

Multi-tasking has turned computers into distraction machines. Thinking creatively on one requires you to be in the midst of creation already ... if you're already on, it's too late to start.

This is why I go get a coffee whenever I need to think about something, which, in turn, is why I tend to be jittery.
night__watch
Apr. 26th, 2002 02:29 pm (UTC)
I pace in the hall. Drives people batty, people being original and not sitting at their desk thinking their little thoughts. If I'm not at my desk, I'm probably being productive :)
night__watch
Apr. 26th, 2002 02:28 pm (UTC)
I can't do research unless I'm taking point notes -- digesting. So internet research means a pad of paper, or lately, a notepad window open.

Thisis a huge improvement. It used to be I couldn't do anything on the computer unless it was hand written first. I can edit on the fly, but the raw ideas, the creative approach, the outline -- it all ends up on paper.

I actually heard the best point from Giles on Buffy "Computers have no context." he was talking about preferring books, because books have a smell. This being a metaphor for the sort of reality I was ranting about in my post yesterday...
semperfiona
Apr. 26th, 2002 02:55 pm (UTC)
...I couldn't do anything on the computer unless it was hand written first. I can edit on the fly, but the raw ideas, the creative approach, the outline -- it all ends up on paper.

YES! Me too! I do so much more writing on notebooks or random pieces of paper. Even program logic, which would seem to be most productively done directly on the computer, sometimes has to be worked out on paper first. I did it today, in fact, trying to figure out the algorithm for rounding to the nearest five dollars. Sounds simple...but it took a sheet of paper.

And cg, I'm having the same problem with LJ posting lately. I have so much I want to say but it just isn't coming out my fingers. Instead I'm just posting these random one-liners, and not many of those.

kalivor
Apr. 26th, 2002 04:14 pm (UTC)
Well, any sort of logic works best on paper, program logic included. At least the way I do it.

Things being circled, and arrows going this way and that, with little x's and y's in various places is hard to do on the computer ... well, hard to do while keeping the flow of the idea, at least.
semperfiona
Apr. 26th, 2002 04:44 pm (UTC)
Exactly! And doodling down the values as they ought to change before I've figured out exactly how to make them do it...
nein09
Apr. 26th, 2002 08:03 pm (UTC)
4 words, dude: laptop in the can.
curgoth
Apr. 27th, 2002 05:16 am (UTC)
You know, we just bought a WAP at work, and I'm supposed to be getting a handheld with a wireless card...
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