June 13, 2010
Written June 14 2010 around one A.M.
Quite early this morning Stuart and I had made plans to watch the World Cup match between our two countries beginning at around 2:30 AM. Naturally, we both fell asleep beforehand, but somehow our clocks were linked well enough that we woke up near the start of the second half within five minutes of eachother and got watch a boring 40 minutes of football as the US played extremely defensive and tactical, which I guess worked, but there was just something sort of frustrating, smacked of a lack of self-confidence, or perhaps its just self-awareness of the better England squad.
Big event for the following a short sleep and leisurely pop out of bed around 06:40 was putting together the foruth issue of The Uncertainty Principle. June 13th was the day of publication. Spent most of the morning and after lunch time putting it together at a gingerly pace, checking in with different writers and making last minute adjustments. Around 15:30 I finally finished the computer version.
Tricky part then was moving from computer document to print document. The way I publish them now is by folding A4 sheets of paper in half to make something that looks like a book. I really dig this format, but it means I have to be careful about rearranging the pages in the computer. I rushed through it and headed to the print shop arriving 16:15, enough time I believed to print out the issue and make it to the post office, before my planned dinner at 17:30 with a student’s family.
Around 16:30 I realized that all the sheets being printed off were not in the right order, and I asked the copy lady to stop the process. I spent some time trying to re-organize them physically by cutting up the pages, but they were so out of order it was impossible.
Gave up and then came home aroun 17:10 to write an apology email to the writers and people who bought the issue for not getting it done on the day of publication. I considered skipping the dinner, but I decided I was already too late with The UP in terms of printing and shipping, so there was no sense in skipping a dinner. Especially because I believed doing so would really hurt the student. Naturally, I felt this was certainy “Reality” [Issue 4's Topic] for me, procrastinating and having it bite me in the ass.
Managed to roughly turn my mind off from The UP failure and really enjoy the meal.
Got home around 20:30, noted my favorite print shop was closed, wrote down their phone number on their sign, and went back upstairs to get to work. Put together the issue by about 21:15, then gave them a call. They saved me agreeing to help me at 22:00. They thought I was just printing off a few things for class, but once they realized I was not, still took the time to print off the 400 pages I required. Finished with that by about 22:47, which meant The UP had been printed on June 13. I finished assembling the issues around 0:11 on June 14, which is after June 13, but still June 13 UCT time, for what that’s worth. Of course it also was not shipped, but it is better to have one thing done moderately right than none at all, I believe.
Update 17:11 14 June 2010: In the post above my tone is positive as if I somehow figured out a way to succeed in spite of circumstances against me. This is ridiculous. My Sunday printing was a complete disaster. I never should of put myself in the position to get it all done in one day in the first place. Starting from scratch on Sunday was already a failure.