23 Jun

my week in stick figures

When you can’t do anything but lie down, and there is nothing on the TV, and you’re a workaholic but you can’t work, you get stuck in a great big pool of lament.

So I made this drawing that describes the week I just had. It is essentially a great, big, woe is me lament.
It was kind of cathartic. Lots of things on this blog have been cathartic, it seems. I left the drawing in Bamboo Paper thinking I’d update it as I got better. But I’m not better and I’m a bit sick of woe-is-me-ism. So I did something productive. I invented an awesome system for marking while lying down. Then I made another drawing about the weekend and my system.

Here’s how the system works.

  1. First I make the criteria sheet a PDF and save it to Dropbox
  2. On my iPad, I send the PDF to Good Reader, where I circle the relevant criteria and write the mark in each section of the table (with a stylus), then I save the PDF back to Dropbox
  3. As I work through the assignment, I record my feedback using Voice Record, then I convert the file to MP3, rename it then save it to Dropbox from within Voice Record

Lucky for me, I’m marking blogs I can view in Safari on my iPad. I’m also marking presentations that are on YouTube or Slideshare or files I have in Dropbox. So all I need is to lie down with a wheat pack under my back, prop my knees up on a pile of pillows, and away I go. This will be really handy for lots of other situations too – travelling, working in cafes, working in waiting rooms. The best part is it works perfectly on my iPad mini, which fits in all my handbags.

So, from shitty back, to workflow win. Shame the shitty back is sticking around, though.

30 posts in June: 18/30