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Multitrask and The Blinking Game

OK, so I "discovered", with help from the ever-lucid sui_degeneris, that I am not nearly as good at multi-tasking as I make out. I can "spin the plates" and keep a lot in the air, but eventually it catches up with me and IMs degenerate into the mantra:

brb k bk wb ty

The Blinking Game: Ever experience the situation where there's this inertia that prevents phone calls and meetings from concluding on time? I call it the blinking game because it sometimes results in a staring contest unpunctuated by any break in the silence; other times it come down to "no, you hang up" wherein the phrase, "Sooo... how about [X]" is trotted out way too much.

Edit, 21:15 CST 13 Mar 2004 - I said it in an e-card, but forgot to say it here until masteralida reminded me:
Happy Birthday, darana!

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Banazîr

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sui_degeneris
Mar. 14th, 2004 10:57 am (UTC)
/me blinks
"ever-lucid"? Me?

Sweetie, I'd love to know who's been using my name when chatting with you!

As for multitasking... That is such a misnomer. I find that there are relatively few instances of true multitasking, and that most of "multitasking" is actually sequential single-tasking. The trick there is to make sure that the overhead involved in rapid switches from task to task is minimal.

Sooner or later, though, the "multitasker" reaches an upper limit, depending on the number of tasks, their complexity, their priority, and the resources required to switch back and forth.

Attempts to push past this limit by sheer force of will are generally a bit less than completely successful.

/me continues to blink

Sooo... How about looking innocent as an art form?

banazir
Mar. 20th, 2004 10:48 am (UTC)
Re: /me blinks
"ever-lucid"? Me?
Sweetie, I'd love to know who's been using my name when chatting with you!

Ehh, you may act as if yer lal flighty and struff, but that "Shrek dwagin" thing is just an alter ego. A naffectation, even. Remember, I can read people (a little). You're really serious, responsible and clear-thinking when the situation calls for it. (And what are librarians in general, if not level-headed?)

As for multitasking... That is such a misnomer. I find that there are relatively few instances of true multitasking, and that most of "multitasking" is actually sequential single-tasking.
No kidding - I personally know that I use highly-preemptive scheduling: multi-level feedback ready queues (when I'm trasking students), dynamic priority (when my brain is working well), round-robin (usually, the rest of the time).

My parents tend to favor real-time or shortest-job-first scheduling (with a little dynamic priority for emergencies).

How's that for tronkie process management?

The trick there is to make sure that the overhead involved in rapid switches from task to task is minimal.
Just so.

Sooner or later, though, the "multitasker" reaches an upper limit, depending on the number of tasks, their complexity, their priority, and the resources required to switch back and forth.
There you go - it's that switching overhead!
Not only that, but as you said, the pipeline gets full and balls needs must drop from the jugglement.

Attempts to push past this limit by sheer force of will are generally a bit less than completely successful.
Oh, I dunno about that.
If there's one thing I have in spades, it's sheer force of will.
I never give up. (And I almost never say "never".)

/me continues to blink
Sooo... How about looking innocent as an art form?

Well, you have a lille competition from deire, who holds an overseas patent (well, extragalactic) for the loonk... :-)

--
Banazir
sui_degeneris
Mar. 23rd, 2004 10:15 am (UTC)
*snerk!*
Oh boy, do I have you fooled!

But that's okay, sweetie. As long as you're enjoying yourself, I won't shatter your illusions. You'll learn the truth in due time.

Seriously, though, there is a difference between "ever-lucid" and "serious, responsible and clear-thinking when the situation calls for it." (Italics mine.)

And I do genuinely have fluff-brained moments. More than a few of them, if truth be told. I generally manage to muddle through, but yes, that's where much of my dumb-blonde persona comes from. That, and my experiences with online tech support, and the fact that I was a blonde as a child, but didn't realize it until 1999.

I'm not too quick on the uptake sometimes, you know?
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