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No Pain, No Gain

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Want to know the most painful experience known to modern man? Getting rid of an email address that you’ve used since The Dawn of Email, which is around Star Date 47005.1. I’ve been working on this for 2 weeks, and just passed the point where the email that I needed to get rid of, because it costs too much, has been auto-renewed for yet another year.

You think childbirth is bad? I’ve been dilated to 8.5 centimeters on this issue for 2 solid weeks. 2 WEEKS, and no epidural. I’ve removed the email from eBay, etsy, Amazon, Dropbox, Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter, Facebook, my Apple Developer account, Apple iTunes Connect, Apple iCloud, various other Apple things, Esquire magazine, the USA BMW club, The New Yorker, N¥ Times, NY Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, BBC, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, most of my client accounts, I’ve taken it off 20 different WordPress sites that I manage, notified my friends and family, removed it from my client sites and payroll sites, the producer’s guild, the writer’s guild.

This email is a map of my existence for the past 27 years.

It’s not bad to have a map. I’ve been working on a Medium series recently about managing technical teams and so-called efficiency, so have been thinking a lot about how life – and therefore work – unfolds in time, but scheduling doesn’t unfold at all, it exists as static plans or pictures of the past, with no real ‘time’ dimension the static depictions of ‘planned’ time and ‘how it panned out’ time.

I will get rid of this email address… I just have to keep pushing.

Written by Alan

July 14th, 2020 at 8:15 pm

Posted in Writing