I keep forgetting that not everybody is like me, writing three articles at once, reading 5 books, and doing public appearances every week. For many people, this is all very overwhelming.

8 thoughts on “Overwhelming

  1. This is a blessing. Remember to thank the One who gave you such an efficient brain. Nothing in life is guaranteed to last forever. One of my favorite authors and speakers, Elisabeth Elliot, got Alzheimer’s disease. Remember that every day is a gift and which never know which one will be our last.


  2. You appear to like what you do, and you can focus totally on it, which is a nice situation.

    I have what I call “legacy situations” as well as “investment situations”, and with the move I’ve acquired space to separate them.

    “Legacy situations” are things I do that people seek me out for, but I don’t want to continue them indefinitely because the cash isn’t worth the hassle.

    “Investment situations” are things I can do but haven’t launched yet that are going to let me wind down “legacy situations”, and I enjoy doing them.

    With the new house, I have allocated the smallest bedroom (about 85 square feet) to the mini-office I use to deal with legacy situations, and I’ve moved some of our survival stockpile into that room to give it the feel of being overly cramped and temporary.

    The second largest bedroom (about 160 square feet) is the office for the new stuff, and it has a new rack for a storage area network (SAN) so we can start doing things like mirroring Wikipedia and huge chunks of the open book resources on Internet Archive.

    That’s because the situation with your university library is a real problem, one we’ve seen elsewhere, and it’s going to take some people archiving what others would destroy to be able to get past this point without losing a lot of what we’ve been able to build up.

    So where’s my girlfriend’s space?

    She can share the Florida room, the shed, one of the middle-sized bedrooms, and spaces throughout the house, but it’s my house and I need most of the space in it.

    I’ve encouraged her to buy one of the 3/2 houses nearby so she has her own spaces for offices and things like that, and given Florida house prices, it’s cheaper and more cost-effective overall to buy two 3/2 or 4/2 houses than to try to buy a 5/3 or larger house.

    If you shop wisely, you can pick up two 3/2 or 4/2 houses around here for under $600k, whereas the starting price for a typical large 5/3 or 6/3 is usually around $1 million.

    Don’t worry, she has keys and a garage space. 🙂

    So keep in mind your current situation is ideal because circumstances are ideal.

    One of my “legacy situations” is what’s left over of a former “dream job” that people keep asking me to do, but I don’t want to do it anymore.

    But when will you realise … Alachua, St. Johns, and Leon County wait for you? 🙂

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      1. Friends, what are you talking about? My university is an oasis of happy unwokeness among a million much worse places. It only sounds bad to you because you don’t know how bad other colleges are. The reason why we are better is that we don’t have woke students and most professors are quite moderate.

        You should hear what I teach in the classroom. Anywhere else I’d be strung up on a pole. And here students are completely receptive.

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        1. That’s wonderful to hear! But I’ve lived in Alachua, home to the University of Florida, and it has always been a liberal crazy-town bubble in the middle of otherwise-deep-red rural central FL. This is the town where my mother, on a visit, took us and a friend’s kids with her on a grocery-shopping expedition, and was chastised right there in the middle of a grocery aisle, by a random ZPG-er, about having so many kids, with the pointy finger and everything: “You should be ashamed!” …and that sort of thing is completely normal in Gainesville (the main town in Alachua: all the other towns there are tiny, and they incorporated in self-defense, to avoid being annexed by G’ville– they want no part in the insanity). In your part of the country, you are close to a major metro area, so the uni is only a small part of life there. In G’ville, the uni is basically God, and everything in the town revolves around it.

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  3. A couple of years ago I met an elderly man who had had some kind of stroke whose brain had altered in its function as a result. When he spoke to people, it was like he was having 3 separate conversations with that person about 3 separate subjects, where he jumped back and forth between all 3 without alerting the person he was talking to.

    What was interesting about it (to me) is that he seemed not to know that he was doing it. He would just talk away at full speed, leaving it up to you to figure out which sentence belonged in what subject of conversation.

    I have sometimes wondered how much of the human experience is like that, where we perceive that we think (or act) in straight temporal lines, when in fact we might do several things at once in an alternating fashion followed by somehow self-perceptually reassembling them in the correct sequence afterwards – a bit like Clarissa writes 10 things at once that are perceived as a singular constant workflow by the observer.

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