I am sans my MacBook for up to a week – distraction free moments

Due to a battery fail and AppleCare I am without my MacBook for up to a week. This gives me a wonderful opportunity to think things through without the distractions of certain pieces of creative software at my fingertips.

It will also highlight how much time I am wasting, not working on projects, but just ‘browsing’ from app to app. I will use the time to be ruthless and relentless and remove apps on the iPad and iPhone. There are far too many that I don’t, or shouldn’t use.

Pen and paper

In addition I’ll have time to meander with a pen and paper. I do this a lot, but my ‘analogue’ journaling gets squeezed between those digital moments. Returning to pen and paper is as important for my creative mind as several hours lost in Logic Pro or Scrivener. I can make connections between ideas with greater fluidity on paper… is that the digital Holy Grail, or, if it ain’t broke…?

Make the most of what at first appears a productive disaster. I may have lost an important tool for the a while, but the workman can still build.

What would your digital name be?

I watched a documentary the other day on Kim Dotcom, the founder of megaupload and various other tech ventures. Mr Dotcom was born Mr Schmitz, but changed his name in 2005, to match his entrepreneurial schemes.

It got me thinking about names in general. Names historically developed from a relationship to a person’s lifestyle. Many surnames we have today can trace their roots back in history to jobs that people had and places they lived. So why not do that today, just as Mr Dotcom.

So I pondered a little. I looked at my life and came up with the following possibilities, related to the digital world that I inhabit:

Darren Buffering – in honour of the way I seem to struggle to finish things, or at least take a while to get them to a standard that others can relate.

Darren 404 – for when I am not feeling too good.

Darren /b/ – being creative can lead to doing some pretty random things at times.

Darren Exporting – whether it is audio from Logic or video from Final Cut, this seems to take up a lot of my time.

On a more serious note. We are defined by what we do. Although the above is a little frivolous, it does take on a more serious dimension. What name would others give to us after seeing what we do, or how we act?

And, dear reader, what name would you give me?