Zach's PEN #29: The Lonesome Valley of Change

2021 Week 6: Reorganizing my office, currently in the "despair" stage ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Saturday PENpals,

Inspiring but functional spaces are important to me. In setting up this office, the office that I may very well work in for the rest of my life (I may very well but probably won't), I want to be able to switch contexts with little effort.

This week, with some help, I accomplished getting the 100+ wires on my desk (literally) into raceways, velcros, zipties, mounted under things, run in channels around the room, etc.. I now have a full studio in my office with multiple (I would say pleasing) angles for filming, space to do anything I might want to do digitally, physically, analog, and otherwise.

As a lifelong Yak Shaver (see my thread below), I have a tendency to get hung up on optimizing things before I'm even using them to do a thing. I can honestly (and perhaps embarrassingly) announce that this is the first time I'm optimizing a space in which I'm already doing the thing that I'm optimizing for, therefore staying on the right side of yak shaving.

Working on software (can't wait to show you what we've been working on at Markee) teaches you something about the practicality of the Release (1.0, 2.1, etc.). By all means, you can have all kinds of ideas, new features, changes, tweaks, bugfixes, optimizations, you can have all this stuff going on, but you also need to BE on a current, stable, usable Release. Any system, workflow, process is not of any use if it cannot be used ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

So while working on optimizing this office, it has needed to continue to be functional to produce the stuff I'm producing every day.

It's way more satisfying than optimizing because "I need to do that one more thing before I canโ€”"

But then I did a really extreme thing and cleared off every shelf and dumped everything out of every drawer... Now I am in The Lonesome Valley. I wrote about that this morning.


I think that next week I'll be out of The Lonesome Valley and I'll show some before/after pictures.

This Week's Other Posts

I wrote about a really counterintuitive aspect of "passion projects" and procrastination. The post is sort of a mess but I've been proving out the core idea to myself daily for... a while.


I wrote about Security Theatre and a reason why we should maybe feel good about humanity.


I wrote about why I've second-guessed my feelings throughout my life and what helped me begin to get over that.


I wrote about the Yaklog. If you need a primer on Yak Shaving, this scene from Malcolm in the Middle (which I've never watched) is decent, though it doesn't full capture how deep the connoisseurship of yaks can go:


I wrote about "Teach a man to fish" and why the people who most espouse this are usually the least willing to pay for it, or even consider what it might cost.



Here are some other panoramas on the same roll I shared from last week. This camera is the Fujifilm TX-1 (also known as the Hasselblad XPAN). This first one was taken in the same place as the others but months earlier on the evening the election was called for Biden. In the third and fourth ones you can see the church we go to in the background.

Much love, PENpals,