MEANWHILE… (28 years ago on the Nymphstar Fleet BBS)

Long long ago, in a time before dial up internet, there was a BBS in Calgary, Alberta, called the Nymphstar.

It ran on (to the best of my memory) an Apple ][, and had a 300 baud modem. The BBS software was custom. Users were grouped randomly onto ships. Each ship had it’s own message system where the crew could communicate. No other ships could see those internal message systems.

The sysop would read these and from time to time produce a fleet log that would greet you when you logged in. If you had been away for some time you may see multiple of these fleet logs scroll by to catch you up, before you could then participate in the shipboard messages.

I do not recall if there was a global message area. I do not think there was.

Depending on what the sysop saw was happening and felt like doing to mix things up, he would teleport crew between ships and watch their interactions.

This was a very unique experience.

Excerpts from the Nymphstar Fleet BBS Logs follow, Dec 1988 – Jan 1989

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Pretty much this, but then there are the good days too.

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Hybrid Vehicle

An old Fargo based line truck in a pasture along highway 3 between Monarch and Fort Macleod, Alberta.

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Tech Free Weekends

Failing here, posting this on a Sunday.

The idea is to give the brain a break to reset a bit before the start of the next online-all-day-for-work week starts.

Maybe I can modify this idea to be … no Internet Weekends.

Willpower lacking, I will have to do something drastic like set up time based internet access filters for my computer (and iPad, and phone) ip addresses in the home firewall. I wish there was a way to automatically on-device disable all not-phone-service functions on the iPhone during specific time windows as well, and then gives he override pin setting capability to my wife.

If I’m going to spend time on devices on the weekend, maybe being in disconnected mode will help me to create more.

I am sooooo far behind on cleaning up my photo library and processing new work, never mind going out to shoot more stuff. If I can’t waste time consuming things on the internet maybe that’ll drive me to create more than I’ve been able to do in the past year or more.

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Less work, more fulfilling

I was lucky enough to be able to take the remaining vacation days I was entitled to this year, before the year ran out. Spent Dec 24 – Jan 3 away from the office and only peeked at email and company chat a few times.

There’s finally enough people on board to take care of enough things to enable me to go away for more than a few days without getting a panic telephone call. Then again, it’s usually my prone-to-panic manager who was always calling me and I think he’s been off dealing with his self induced panic attacks over the corporate restructuring that was announced just prior to christmas.

I can’t say that this is a perfect place to work, and I do have my grumblesmurf moments with them, but it is still worlds better than my previous gig.

Maybe this will be the year that I get caught up on documentation and can start to look for fun aspects of the work again. Maybe.

That being said, I am resolving this year to spend more time on family and self, less on work. Not letting myself get wound up by work things that ultimately don’t matter. It’s just a way to make $ to do the living things.

You say I need to have passion about my work? Nope. I’ve been on the bus to burnoutville the past few years and I need to step off at the next stop and start walking back.

Just need to structure my time, I think, or I’ll fall into the same old habits.

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