nobrocomputing
nobrocomputing:

This Air Force photograph is part of a series I found in the National Archives - there are no captions or identifying information for this image. The series shows a number of women engaged with the same Univac computer,  posed and clearly coached from off-camera. You can see another one at http://complexfields.tumblr.com/post/10791375949/found-this-in-the-air-force-still-image-archives. I’m working with images like this as part of a project on the “operator” as a post-war icon.

I cannot believe how fantastic this picture is. This woman is so young but she looks so accomplished and confident. 

nobrocomputing:

This Air Force photograph is part of a series I found in the National Archives - there are no captions or identifying information for this image. The series shows a number of women engaged with the same Univac computer,  posed and clearly coached from off-camera. You can see another one at http://complexfields.tumblr.com/post/10791375949/found-this-in-the-air-force-still-image-archives. I’m working with images like this as part of a project on the “operator” as a post-war icon.

I cannot believe how fantastic this picture is. This woman is so young but she looks so accomplished and confident. 

stoweboyd

Until a year ago, I felt that I wasn’t fully able to perform my job as a kind of project leader for inspiration, because my time was not really my own. Like many people, I was hyper-scheduled, often in depressingly small chunks of time, at one meeting after another, with very little time in between. I remember one particular day when I had a different appointment or task every 10 minutes. My brain almost exploded.

Creative people thrive on serendipity, spontaneous interactions, moments of ribald humor, intense debate or just simple eye contact, and I felt as if I was losing myself. I decided that it was time to act. So I tried an experiment. I just stopped saying yes and started saying no to things.

Actually, there was a bit more method to my madness. I started a ritual that I still use today: I sit down and look at my calendar every Sunday night, pore through my coming week’s meetings and cancel a bunch of them — redundant ones where I don’t need to be “in the loop,” ones where there is an opportunity for someone else to make a decision, ones that don’t particularly inspire me, or ones where I can’t really add value. My overarching goal right now, wherever possible, is to give myself more time to simply be.

Paul Bennett, Where the Fish Swims, Ideas Fly

Two great lines:

I just stopped saying yes and started saying no to things. […] My overarching goal right now, wherever possible, is to give myself more time to simply be.

(via stoweboyd)

I really love this. Saying no is my biggest challenge.