Ken Tilton <email@example.com> wrote:
| John Connors wrote:
| > ...quite difficult in these circumstances: one week I have plenty
| > of time and get a sizeable chunk of work done, but for the next two
| > weeks I get almost no time, and forget most of the details of the code
| > and the general direction I was taking the project in..
| You are doomed. I must sit in front of my sofwtare for hours before I
| begin to become productive. Interruptions longer than three hours
| require a three-day re-immersion before productivity returns.
| Immersion is the word I use. ...
I call it "reloading my (primary) cache", or "loading all of the
necessary context back into associative short-term memory".
Once loaded, I can tolerate a *few*, *short* interruptions without
losing substantial context, but even a single half-hour total
interruption can blow the whole cache [especially if the interruption
itself requires loading new context to service].
It's a bummer, but seems to be the way (some kinds of) creativity
works. At least IME...
 "Associative" in the psychological sense of being readily-
available to make connections or associations with other data
in short-term memory, not in the cache memory organization sense.
Rob Warnock <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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