Have been trying to revise thesis.
Not getting anywhere.
Had an idea for ‘little side project’ I wanted to do. So I started working on that.
Project ends up several hours and a bunch more involved than I thought. Shell scripts and Hazel recipes and all sorts of complicated intricacies.
But maybe I can write it up, since other people are interested.
Writing it up is complicated, explaining it takes way longer than I thought it would, and I’m still not sure that anyone could follow them even if they survived reading it all.
When I finished I have a completely unusable *4600 words plus 2 Github repositories and a new Gmail account.
"Well," I think, "Maybe it would possible be worth posting on TUAW."
So I send them the link, realizing that it would need major editing to be usable, meaning more time, but at least I’ll feel like I made something that was useful and worthwhile.
One of the editors emails me back ~2 minutes later and says “You know…There’s an app that does this.”
The app is $0.99.
Or free if you don’t mind ads.
And 1,000 times easier than my hacked-together disaster of incomprehensible instructions.
So there go two days of my life spent on something that wasn’t what I wanted to be working on or needed to be working on, but thought would at least be worth it in the end.
I’m so angry I could punch a kitten.