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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist says:

    At night, phone is silenced except for ringer & wake-up alarm. I also put it face down, so the notification light is hidden.Report

    • Avatar zic in reply to Mad Rocket Scientist says:

      My phone lives in my purse. I check it once every two or three days. I have a cell phone because I live in a rural area and drive back roads, where one can get stuck for hours without another car going by. I do not have a cell phone to remain constantly in touch with others.

      I know, I’m an anachronism.

      The cell phone never comes into my bedroom; that gives me the heebeejeebees.

      (And I just got a new alarm clock; actually an old alarm clock, the Mystery Machine in bakelite plastic with a built in night light. It’s surprisingly good electronics. Don’t forget your bed-time scoobie snacks.)Report

      • Avatar Will Truman in reply to zic says:

        I tried this, but found that I needed a phone to keep my occupied in the event that the baby was in the bed with me and still asleep when I woke up. (She has a crib, but often migrates in the morning.)Report

  2. Avatar Damon says:

    Ditto MRS.

    My phone is set to go “dormant” or whatever between specific hours. My phone isn’t the problem keeping me awake, it’s the cat walking on my head while looking for a place to tuck in or wake me for an off hour snack. (little minx)Report

  3. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    My wife and I made a conscious choice to never have our phones in the bedroom with us. We still have a home line and that is in the room for emergencies. We keep our room cold and dark which most studies say promotes better sleeping. That means heavy blinds and a fan if necessary. It definitely helps.

    I’m lucky in that I am a fast sleeper. Like, lights out, I’m snoring 30 seconds later. I can watch a crazy action movie and drink tons of caffine and still go right to sleep. My wife struggles sometimes. She also has tried to limit stimulus before bedtime. It is a battle.Report

  4. Avatar NewDealer says:


    I have no idea how to reach you otherwise but this might be why companies stick towards major cities and metro areas:


    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to NewDealer says:

      My email address is my 8-letter handle followed by a gmx.com. (t__mw__l@gmx.com). Using gmail instead of gmx will also work by way of forwarding it.

      Anyway, if you’re an entrepreneur you have to focus on a lot of factors. I think that Republicans, conservatives, and libertarians focus too much on taxes. Regulation… well that depends on what you’re trying to do. California is a good place for Facebook but a bad place for Sriracha.

      If I were looking to start a tech business where I was heavily reliant on personnel, I’d probably still be drawn to either the tech corridor or Austin. Plenty of talent in both places, and it’s more affordable. Lower taxes, sure, but taxes are only one expense among a great many. Regulation would be less of an issue.

      On the other hand, I thought a former employer of mine did exactly right by choosing a small city in Deseret. He didn’t need coding superstars. Or he didn’t need many and there was a surplus where he was. Beyond that, though, he mostly needed cheap labor. City in Deseret was perfect for that because you could get competent coders for $10/hr (and if they’d actually paid $12, they might have been able to keep them!). But in that case, the needs were relatively basic. If the needs are greater than that, and I need a lot of people then I’d look towards Utah or Texas (a large tech hub or city therein). There are some circumstances in which I might look at SV, though, if I had a network of great programmers, needed specifically great programmers, and wasn’t going to need an army of employees.Report

      • Avatar NewDealer in reply to Will Truman says:

        I’m sort of gobsmaked that there are coders even basic coders that work for 12 dollars an hour. New York and San Francisco have my economics screwed. I probably wouldn’t lawyer for 10-12 dollars an hour.

        What sort of program was he creating?Report

      • Avatar dhex in reply to Will Truman says:

        you’d be shocked what people get by on in new york city. shocked, i tells ya!

        anyway, my phone is my alarm. sometimes i answer emails after 8. mostly not, because it’s after 8. but i gotta be available due to my line o’ work just in case something goes coo coo bananas.Report

      • I sort of exaggerate. The cheap-o coders were actually XML programmers. The actual software developers made more, but were still exceptionally inexpensive (I gathered in the $15-20 range). And some of us in XML actually built tools in our spare time*.

        It was… waitforit… legal software! Actually, it was software that helped prepare legal documents and contracts. (Check this box for a severance clause, as this contract is being signed in West Virginia this clause has to be included and this other clause can’t be…) We had a pretty solid marketshare in a specific area. The lawyers were actually the only people who were paid well besides successful salespeople. When the layoffs came around, both legal and sales were gutted, however.

        * – One of my many favorite stories about the place was when a coworker and I built something that streamlined our more tedious work. Internal Tools got wind of what we had done and put in a complaint with management because that was their job. In a rare moment of clarity, instead of getting in trouble, we were given a cash reward. The tools were part of a motion of change that increased productivity by almost 100% with less than half the previous staff. After they gave us the reward, they said that since the job was easier incoming personnel would only make $9/hr. That actually turned out to be a bridge too far, and we started having difficulty getting quality people. We ended up ignoring the edict (by that time I was team lead) and they weren’t on-the-ball enough to notice. Only one person, who was ironically the most qualified person ever to get hired into XML, had the lower wage. I still don’t know why she took the job; far less impressive candidates had passed on it.Report

      • Avatar Rod in reply to Will Truman says:

        I probably wouldn’t lawyer for 10-12 dollars an hour.

        Dude, I wouldn’t drive a truck for that money. Seriously, I make better than twice that. So, yeah, that struck me as well.Report