Nathan Zeldes leading the charge to sanity?

Well, I finally got around to the Sunday NYT today (except for the book review and the magazine, which I’ll take with me to Tom’s tomorrow).

There’s a great little essay by a man who’s forcing himself to become unwired one day a week. It’s an interesting piece overall, but I got a chuckle to discover one of my Intel buddies, Nathan Zeldes (full disclosure: our acquaintance is an online one, since he’s half a world from me), quoted regarding his efforts at Intel to reduce e-mail.

Nathan, when I was there (not so long ago at that) I seem to recall that we wrote about something in excess of a million e-mails a day. I notice now that you refer to more than 3 million a day. Doesn’t sound as if your efforts are being particularly successful. . .;^}

For those of you who haven’t made Nathan’s acquaintance, you’ll find his Web site linked in my blog roll.

When I first moved out here, I suffered a bit from technology withdrawal. I had gotten used to being online all the time. Not being able to do that made me a little uncomfortable.

But now I have to confess that not only have I gotten totally used to scheduling my online time (usually when the generator is already running unless there’s something major that I need to do), but I’m also rather enjoying living mostly in the real world again. (I make an exception for Super Mario Galaxy, of course.)

I’m off to Tom’s again for a couple of days tomorrow. I don’t even take my laptop with me any more. We have so little time left to share that I want to just be there, even when he’s sleeping.

On the Big Elk front, spring is definitely early. The daffodils are blooming right on time, but the first hummingbird showed up three weeks early, buzzed me, sat down and folded his wings and said, “Where’s the feeder?” It was up the next morning, and he found it within an hour of daylight.

I remember this hummingbird from last year. He’s a bit of an odd duck. He’s a rufus, but he seems to not know how to hide his bright ruby-colored gorgette the way most of them do. He flies around glowing all the time. Since to other hummingbirds this is a “fight” challenge, things are interesting when he’s around. He also makes a sort of odd metallic sound when he’s buzzing around. At any rate, there’s no mistaking him, and I’m glad to see him back, even if I wasn’t quite ready to deal with the feeder yet.

Now the pot roast needs attention, and I will ride off into the night.

6 Responses to “Nathan Zeldes leading the charge to sanity?”

  1. Philip Ferris Says:

    Safe journey.

  2. Nathan Zeldes Says:

    Actually the 3 Million a day figure is a few years old… not sure where you get the one million. Either way it’s far too much… and I’m glad to see awareness growing around this.

  3. Heath Says:

    It’s hard to disconnect. I’ve actually ADDED to my connection recently when I got a new smartphone. I now have the ability to get to my work calendar and email from anywhere in the known world.

    It’s somehow comforting to wake up in the middle of the night, grab my phone, check my email, and see that one of my employees has submitted an expense report that I need to approve.


  4. Marianne Says:

    Phil, thanks. Back safely, as you will see shortly. Hugs

  5. Marianne Says:

    Nathan, there is of course the distinct possibility that I’m remembering the number wrong. You know how we old folks are. . .

    When I was at Intel, there were days that I thought there were 3M messages in my inbox alone. . .

  6. Marianne Says:

    Heath, I’m glad you’re happy with your new capabilities. If I were still living in that world, I’d probably find them useful, too.

    But personally, I find it comforting to awake in the middle of the night, see the glitter of Orion and the Orion nebula in my bedroom picture window (no drapes–we’re so far out who could possibly play peeping Tom?), turn on the flashlight to look at the clock, and note that it’s somewhere between 2 and 10 hours before I actually have to get out of bed.

    The 10 hours limitation has to do with biological necessity. The joy comes in being able to get up when I darned well want to and do what I think feels like fun doing that day.

    And of course, Orion’s only there in the winter and early spring. But there are other star configurations that give me the same “God’s in his heaven and all is right with the world” feeling in other seasons.

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