A lot of decisions to consider. For example, should you be given a cabinet postion or used as an example to warn others.* I considered offering a martyr option, but it's just so over-used these days. Perhaps the figurehead/target route? These things are just so hard to decide.
Now, on a more serious note:
Vikram A Punathambekar wrote:
You, on the other hand, can start planning to take over the world right away
My plan is already in place - I'm simply waiting for them to come crawling to me with the offer of Grand Emperor-Deluxe and Royal Smart Person. I can hear them grovel deep within my minds eye . . .
. . . Stop. Wait. what is this that you have done to me? Am I going mad? <Power, must have More pow> Must maintain control <er. It's for their own goo>. Losing control. The hunger. It grows. It must be satified . . . appeased . . . Sated. Make haste. Warn those that are left - before it's too late!
Must I rule, yet again? Is there truly no other?
Alas, My Kingdom for a Shrubbery,
Those those of you wondering - it's out of my system for know. I think it brought on by being exposed to so VB code.
*You needn't have done anything to earn any of these distinctions. I consider random acts to be much more effective at controlling the populous. It's served me well, so far, against the evil 'USER' of applications.
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein
"How do you find out if you're unwanted if everyone you try to ask tells you to go away?" - Balboos HaGadol
I could never neglect eating. I change keyboards regularly because of things (crumbs, gravy, fruit juice) that get in becaue I am always eating as I work. the moment I can't find something to nibble on after a few hours, I stop coding, watch a movie, sleep, or try to see the few friends I have because those got neglected as part of the job and I am now making amends.
I watch a lot of comedies, like right now. Just finished my daily quota, drinking coke and having a sandwich. Sometimes I reach for something, knock over the thermos flask, coke bottle or just drop a few drops of whatever (gravy was only once though - I was in college and my mother has not forgotten that one)
But I never neglect eating. (Not overweight though. High metabolic rate and still have the same body I had when I was in the tae-kwon-do team).
No one's mentioned exercise-neglect. I guess that means none of you would dream of sacrificing a single minute of muscle-burning activity just for some ol' deadline! Unless, of course, it means that exercise doesn't rank too highly around here - even with plenty of free time
Anyway that's probably the first area to suffer when I get hectic. That, and my prescence on the CP forums...
"For fifty bucks I'd put my face in their soup and blow." - George Costanza
I would have put that, except my excercise regime suffered the day I decided to pursue software development as a career option.
One day I'm in the national tae-kwon-do squad and you can't get me to stop training, the next, my training times clash with my study/lesson times and I never returned to the do-jang. It's been many years now, and the annual invitation to the national championships has been discontinued.
On the button! Not such a problem getting to the deadline itself....but 3 weeks from the date you get a whole new Product Requirement that needed at least 3 months to be developed...and they want it in by RC...
All save personal hygiene and food are neglected. But I found a good shower refreshes and gives me a second wind after 16 hours of non-stop development. That 15 minutes of hot water pouring over me and pounding out my aches helps to rejuvenate and get me going for another 4 or 5 hours. And I can't conventrate when my stomach growls, so I do eat, although it isn't a fancy sit down meal. It's normally a ham sandwich, steak hoagie (ordered in) or a pizza (also ordered in) with a pitcher of ice tea or a two-liter of Diet Coke/Mountain Dew (anything cold and caffeinated).
I don't have a wife, however your situation is very recognizable.
The shower often gets me waked up in the morning after a poor night sleep. I usually go to bed at set times, however when I'm working on a hard problem my brain doesn't stop working. This results in a restless night that doesn't give me the feeling I slept well.
Food does tend to get problematic too, mostly because I eat late when I have a deadline.
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When I worked over 80 hour weeks I only slept 4 or 5 hours a night but to counter act being sleepy I would get the blood flowing by hitting the treadmill pretty hard for 30 minutes every morning. I found this way more effective than caffeine. As for eating, since I was up more hours in the day I had like 5 or 6 meals although I did not spend much time preparing my meals (microwave, take out ...)
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