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Jan. 12th, 2011 @ 06:46 pm Storms and Productivity
We just got hit with a pretty sizable snowstorm here. I went out around 11:30 this morning to clear out what I could, and came back in over two hours later after having shoveled a good foot and a half of snow. Even lugging around a snowblower is exhausting with that much to toss about. It was still coming down the whole time I was out there, too, though it had seemed to have started lightening up for a bit.

Sometime in the middle of the afternoon, the storm picked up again for a little bit. Looking outside now, though, I think the precipitation has stopped and we've got only about an inch or two out there from when I went out this morning. I'm not sure whether I want to brave the cold dark night and finish up the shoveling task at hand or just leave it for first thing in the morning tomorrow. I have a feeling procrastination will win out.

Needless to say, I telecommuted today, as did just about everyone else in my office that I'm aware of. In spite of my company's repeated efforts to make remote access impossible, I actually managed to get a fair bit of work done. It's simply wonderful what one can accomplish with a pile of SSH terminals and a web browser at hand. It's also wonderful what one can accomplish without people interrupting one every ten minutes.

I've also been spending a chunk of time on StackOverflow today. What a cool site, that. I've been a passive consumer of it for a while now, but now that my company's got an OpenID server I've bothered to log in and start asking and answering questions. My reputation jumped from '8' this morning to '73' at last check. That's still tiny by community standards, but still, it's quite interesting to me to see that in action. People will do amazing things just to get worthless little gold stars, and it seems I'm not immune.
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