Rands In Repose: Trickle Theory

Rands In Repose: Trickle Theory

My advice is: START.
“But Rands… I’ve got three hundred tests to run and one day to…”
Stop. Go run one test. Now.
“Wait, wait, wait. Rands. Listen. They need this spec tomorrow @ 9am….”
Shush. Quiet. Go write. Just a paragraph. Now.
Welcome to Trickle Theory.

I first encountered this in the context of ripping CDs. A friend had a huge CD collection that he wanted as MP3s. He’d take 6-7 discs to work every day and rip them on his laptop while working on his desktop. The whole process took three months, but it got done, a Trickle at a time.

I’m currently working through creating a patch description in our patch tracking database. There are over a 100 defects, and each one takes about 5 minutes to process through the system. So I do 5 or 10 a day. As of today, I have 20 left.

Go read up on Trickle Theory. It works.

posted at 11:32 am on Friday, September 29, 2006 in Links, Personal | Comments (3)
  1. wjr says:

    Hm, would that be me you’re referring to?

    Yep, it works. It can make some tasks take a long time – but they will get done. As long as the pipe isn’t filling from the other end faster than you’re draining it… my music buying slowed down a lot.

  2. chk says:

    um yes; that was you ripping CDs :)

  3. This is a great article. Thanks for posting that link. I’ve also added this blog to my feed. :-)


I’m addicted to Flickr Interesting Photos .

Mick’s addicted to YouTube.

G’s addicted to Maple Story.

C can’t get close enough to a computer to have a ‘net addiction. She is, however, addicted to Debbie Travis…

Bandwidth use in this house in increasing…

posted at 8:53 pm on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 in Personal | Comments Off on addiction

construction metaphors

UNIX – The Hole Hawg – I’ve been a UNIX person since I started university, what, 22 years ago now?

posted at 8:42 pm on Monday, September 11, 2006 in Links, Programming | Comments Off on construction metaphors

5 years

I’m tired of September 11th – me too.

posted at 8:16 pm on Monday, September 11, 2006 in Current Events, Politics | Comments (1)
  1. Jeff K says:

    I don’t think I’ll ever get “tired” of Sept. 11, 2001. What that person is tired of is propaganda. I am not tired of that since I don’t listen to it much in the first place. I think its a shame October 16, 1970 is not mentioned much any more.

    Within 48 hours of the proclamation of the War Measures Act, over 250 people were arrested. Among them were some of the better known labour leaders, entertainers and writers in the province. Thirty-six of those arrested were members of the Parti Québécois. By October 31, the number arrested passed 400. The police is [sic] reported to have carried out 1,628 raids by October 20. By the end of the year, 468 will have been arrested. Eventually 408 will be released without charges being laid; only two people were sentenced.

    Ah, the good old days. Oooooh, like the Trudeau quotes from that era “Just watch me”, “There can be no rule of law with a parallel power”(roughly) and “There can be no freedom without rule of law”.

    Tune in this October for a miniseries, I believe.

    The FLQ fell off the front pages in Nov. 1970, and the War Measures Act invocation ran out April 30, 1971.

photo op

I was walking down the street the other day, and wished I had my camera.

A stereotypical “tough guy” was walking towards me. Shades, black t-shirt, camo shorts, overshirt, and baseball cap (worn backwards). Typical “tough guy” stride and stance.

He was carrying a Hello Kitty gift bag, complete with pink tissue paper and ribbons…

posted at 12:44 pm on Friday, September 08, 2006 in Personal | Comments Off on photo op

kick me when I’m down

Last night on the way home from the in-laws, in the rain, I only had three people try to remove the front corners of my car by diving in front of me. As usual, there was lots of space behind the car.

Since I was driving the other car, it’s not my car that has the “Kick Me!” sign. It’s me.

posted at 11:21 am on Sunday, September 03, 2006 in Personal | Comments Off on kick me when I’m down