Shevek (shevek) wrote,

I've been absolutely wedded to the problem I've been trying to solve for about 6 days now, with a short break for Sundown. The first 3 days were all fighting practicalities, and since Monday I've been doing horrible mathematics. Somehow, this one's been making me more and more determined to crack it as time goes on.

Well, tonight I finally got a respectable answer, and the sense of relief just washed over me. Suddenly I can binge by reading my outstanding email, the BBC news, xkcd, photoshopdisasters and thedailywtf, by going to sleep before 4am, and by looking after myself for a bit.

I still have more work to do. While my current transformation is now presenting me with a solution, I suspect there is a better vector space in which to solve this problem, and I will be spending as much time as I can squeeze in before project delivery searching for it. Deadline was supposed to be today, but I was lucky enough to get an extension until Friday morning, when I have to present.

In other news:

I have to bone up on the material for the BoF I'm co-chairing next week in Miami. This last batch of maths has taken me completely out of it, and other people have written some (very exciting) material for me which I have not yet had time to review.

I have three ideas (and implementations thereof), two of them probably original/interesting/valuable, to present in a talk in November in Santa Cruz. I loathe the academic paper-mill, so the opportunity to do an off-hand presentation before such a venerable audience is extremely valuable to me. Perhaps I should just keep an archive of ideas somewhere online.

I don't really know what I'm doing with my life. I wish I did.
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