So. A few, entirely unrelated, things.
First, trailers for Southland Tales
have finally emerged. ST is the next strange offering from the creators of Donnie Darko
. Among the cast of this oddity: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Janeane Garofalo and Amy Poehler. I really don't know what to expect. But with a group that odd and the following synopsis, it seems worth a try.
| ||Set in Los Angeles in the year 2008 during a three day heat wave just before a huge 4th of July celebration, an action star stricken with amnesia meets up with an adult film star developing her own reality television project and a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.|| |
Second, if there is anything I have learned from graduate school, it is that there are some tasks that you will learn to complete more efficiently as you progress through iterations. In fact, most tasks follow this general pattern. Accompanying this pattern is a tendency to reach a point in time where your efficiency plateaus- that is to say- a point when you longer gain efficiency by performing additional iterations. The point of note, however, is that there is great variation in iterations required to attain efficiency; some tasks reach peak efficiency early on. For me, one of these early-peaking tasks happens to be paper-writing. And because I am far more efficient when undertaking other academic excercises, I tend to completely avoid writing papers, preferring to address items that make me feel more productive and proficient. This, of course, leads to last-minute papers... which, ironically, puts me in a position where efficiency is demanded.
Another thing that I have learned is that it is truly difficult to gauge your own progress, except by comparing your current efficiency, proficiency, response time, willingness to respond, et cetera with that of physical evidence of such skills from a relatively distant past (1 year, 3 years, etc).
Third, I am somehow more dedicated to improving other people's work than I am to adjusting my own. WTF, man, WTF.