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Re: Favorite Slacking Activity

by larsen (Parson)
on Mar 15, 2001 at 16:06 UTC ( #64660=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Favorite Slacking Activity

I'd like to know what other Monks mean with Research

see you

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Re: Re: Favorite Slacking Activity
by turnstep (Parson) on Mar 15, 2001 at 18:29 UTC

    A couple jobs back, "research" meant testing the performance and responsiveness of the local LAN through a competitive, multi-user virtual reality program. ;)

Re: Re: Favorite Slacking Activity
by Blue (Hermit) on Mar 15, 2001 at 19:27 UTC
    "Research" for nme was diving deep into my hobby du jour. I donb't actually have a hobby a day, but I will find something interesting, plunge deep into it, giving up sleep, etc. Then, depending on the subject, I will either return to a more $NORM level of interest in it after a few weeks/months, continue and it surplants other things I do permenantly, or burn out and mostly drop it, though still occasionally dabble.

    I see myself doing this at work, too, but I control it, so I don't burn myself out, but also usually don't go as deep immediately either. Works out fine.

    Sometimes this is something useful - a few years back I my hobby became 'mutual funds', and for a few months I did intense research trying to 'win the game', i.e. meet the goals I wanted (high long term growth, below average risk). Now, long out of touch with that (I burnt out on that mostly), I don't touch the investments I made because I know I'm not in the same zone I was when I made them.

    Most of my "hobbies" aren't nearly that productive, and have included most topics from the poll. I have an unfortunate pull for more complex computer games, especially RPGs, and those I will do lots of "research" on.

    In summary, "research" for me means a period of discovery about a subject, not needfully something useful.

    =Blue might be eaten by a grue...

    Update: Typo fixed

      So, what do you mean by...

      I see myslef doing this at work, too, but I control it, so I don't burn myself out, but also usually don't go as deep immediately either. Works out fine.

      I seem to find myself, while at work, doing things like reading P.M.. I suppose it could be considered learning, after all, they pay me to learn. And to use what I learn. But sometimes I'll splinter with my jobs/responsibilities, and end up getting a headache. Partly because I found an interesting subject I just cant put down, (Maybe... Net::AIM today?) and I still have to crank out some code for project-x,y,or z. That cranked code usually requires a bit of learning as well. Thus, headache.

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Research Activities
by gaudior (Pilgrim) on Mar 19, 2001 at 22:47 UTC
    All of these fit into the category of research.

    Which is nice.

    • web surfing
    • magazine reading
    • configuration file tinkering
    • intranet homepage tinkering
    • slashdot
    • perl monks
    • freshmeat
    • bugtraq
    • Hot or Not ;-)

    Between Research and Admin in our corporate time-tracking tool, there is plenty of room for slack.

    Always keep a song in your heart.
    It's like karaoke for the voices in your head.
Re: Re: Favorite Slacking Activity
by arhuman (Vicar) on Mar 21, 2001 at 13:11 UTC
    For me 'research' means learning/coding/experimenting on various fields : security, Network/system administration, languages (ESPECIALLY Perl !)

    "Trying to be a SMART lamer" (thanx to Merlyn ;-)

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