Picture a bomb exploding inside your computer. Imagine that it scatters files, folders and emails all over the place. On the desktop, under various folders under that lousy micorsoft idea that is known as "My Documents", and every other corner of the hard drive. That should give you an idea of the state of (un)tidyness my ThnkPad yields.
I got to the point where I had more stuff on my desktop than my desktop was able to display. And I use small icons. And I have a 1400 x 1280 screen resolution. Finding anything had become an ordeal.
And I havent yet mentioned emails. Amidst 24 x 7 Olympic watch and way too much stuff to handle, admin and think some emails went without reply for far longer than I like. Usually I reply within the hour; while clearing stuff today I noticed some had gone without a reply for some 20-odd days. Shame on me.
So, after all the fun and exitement that the Olympics represented I'm down to the task of trying to put some sense back into my file system and email. It is similar to the day after throwing a party: you have to clean up everything. Only difference is that I get to clean my computer without a hangover.
I'm starting my vacation tomorrow morning. Timing couldn't be more perfect. Although there are still a couple fo days left till the Olympics close on Sunday I think the program can survive without me.
There has been a certain ammount of turmoil and unrest lately; time off is more than welcome.
I'll try to post every once in a while, maybe upload some pictures as well.
Last week was one of the hardest ever. This time work provided shelter for "other stuff", something I could focus on while trying to keep the head above the water.Infamous unordered list follows.
- Voices is really taking off. I need to write a piece on why it is the right play at the right moment and nuder the right circumstances.
- Next week I'll be on a vacation; good news is that it has recently snowed at Bariloche.
- Inertia is the most idiotic of all principles. I'm under the feeling that I have been acting in such way for too long. I need to apply a lateral force somewhere to alter the direction of things.
- Olympic observation #1: I hate short-lived direct elimination sports. The fact that people train an entire life to "act" for about 9 minutes and then head back home (as in Judo or Fencing) disturbs me.
- Olympic Observation #2: sports I'm interested in don't get TV time...
- Olympic Observation #3: the fact that some sports are Olympic and that squash isn't bugs the hell out of me.
- The body can sustain massive amounts of abuse. The mind can too, but side effects are nastier.
- Even in the worst circumstances good stuff can surface. That is what keeps us sane.
- When shit happens, it goes all the way!
What on earth led me to believe this week was going to be somewhat quieter? The exact oposite is true; it has been a crazy week, with little sleep, lots of things to do and some fire drills.
We have just made a minor face lift to the "Voices of the Olympic Games" site.
Odd timing, you might think, since we're only 1 week into the games and with one more week to go. Well, we realized he had an overflow of content coming in, and felt that our visitors might loose a lot of the action.
What has happened is that most of the page is absolutely dynamic and ever changing. There are only 2 elements that remain static, and I might "fix" that soon...
We have such an overflow of cool video, pics and posts coming in from where the action is happening that there might be some sort of information overload!
Now visitors will be able to see 5 featured stories, the latest 4 youtube videos, the twitter feed, the latest pictures and the latest athlete posts on a single glimpse.
Go ahead and pay "voices" a visit; then let me know what you think!
Since I didn't make it to China, I spent the morning watching the most amazing Olympic openning ceremony ever. It had quite a bunch of breath taking moments, but you'll probably watch that yourself if you haven't already.
This marks a sort of culmination of a lot of work. Not that I can sit back and relax, quite on the contrary, the next couple of weeks will be crazy, but I can't help but get a feeling of culmination this day, 08-08-08.
Although I already know what I will be doing after the games end there is a certain sense of "what's next?" lurking somewhere in my mind.
First thing will be to regroup my ideas. I have neglected many things in this time, both personally and profesionally; so straigting the wrongs is a top priority.
Some acknowledgments are due, I'd say. David, thanks for the inspiring ideas and Challenges; Rohit and Kaitlyn I've been honored to work with you on this. Alan, as I usually say: I speak more with you than I do with my wife! It has been a blast. Tim, we'll keep on a close loop, but thanks for everything-Olympically-delivered.
Let the games begin and enjoy the show!
Busy weeks leading to the beginning of the games next Friday. That being said, I'm totally unplugging this upcoming weekend because my Wife's brother is having family and we're traveling to Junín for the occasion. I hereby present to you the unordered list of thoughts going through my mind.
- The final escalation in madness that goes on on the final weeks of any project fuels me like high-octane gasoline. I'm a chaos junkie.
- I have ideas and projects rambling in my mind awaiting for me to devote some time to them. Will they materialize? Who knows!
- I'm due to speak at an event this next October. Details to come soon. I want to do a presentation that is so nuts that people will have to decide whether I've lost it or if I'm a genius (and hopefully more will feel inclined to option #1). Olympics is going to take a major part of the speech.
Regrouping in a couple of weeks with myself after I take off for some time. My last vacation lasted 6 days back in early February.
Over and Out.
I thought I'd start honoring the "rambles and riff raff about all this and that" tagline on this blog starting a weekly unordered list of loosely connected thoughts. This fits everything that is on my mind but not long enough for a post on itself.
- Argentina is screwed as a country. Sad to say, but true nonetheless. Too much stuff going on and I don't want to blog about it no more.
- Less than a month to go for the opening of Beijing 2008. I should be freaking out, but I'm not. I do expect this weekend to be the last one I take off until August 8, 2008.
- Fairly happy with the recent buzz around the "Voices of the Olympic Games" program. Also some mentions around the "Podium". Great feedback, took some of that this week as you probably witnessed.
- Personal life is in turmoil, but for good.
- I've ditched twitter. Maybe for good, might go back to it for the games. I simply lost interest.
- My Spanish blog is almost ready. It is live, but still not "launched".
- I still hate translations. And it is only bound to get worst.
- I will never work for a TOP Olympic sponsor again in my life . I feel like I've pushed everything in my life (personal and professional) until "after the games". I'm starting to fear the emptiness inside I'll feel after the games are over. After all I have devoted the past 9 months to "Olympic Stuff".
- I miss blogging somewhat smartly.