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"Don't forget we need a diarist for Saturday" he said. "Send out an email to the diarist list" he said. "I'll do it later tonite" I said. Umm, about that. Well, I procrastinated on sending out the email to the diarist list until... well, until it was clear I am tonight's diarist :-). Follow me below the dingledoodle squigglie dKosagnocchi dividerthingie fold after a word from our sponsor...

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Casa Brillig is dealing with the effects of procrastination in several ways. K1 is taking calculus plus two AP courses (Statistics and English) next year, and all had summer work assigned. Back in June the summer looked really long, and how much time could it take to read and take notes on 6 books, do a writeup on 3 statistics articles from the news, and tackle 40 math problems?

Two solid weeks, is what we're hoping for... because as of August 10th only 1.5 books were read and 10 math problems completed. And so, K1 is learning now what some people don't find out until college: don't procrastinate or it absolutely, totally sucks that last crunch time. She's going to get it done, but it's taking all day every day to read some pretty heavy books (topic for another diary is Why the @#$% must all books read in school these days be dystopian, godforsakingly depressing nonfiction books or somehow designed to induce trauma and depression in teenagers? The nature of this stack of books is one reason K1 put off reading them), and thank FSM Mr. Brillig is a math genius who actually remembers and uses his higher math skills.

All of Casa Brillig is engaged in making this a success... K2 is helping out by doing his reading in K1's room, because having someone in there quietly makes her feel less isolated. Mr. Brillig helped with math and will be helping with stats as well. Me? I'm chief daytime motivator and provider of food and reward treats for meeting goals :).

Which brings me to tonight's topics for discussion: Do you procrastinate? If so, is it in general, or are there certain areas you're right on top of always and others that slide? What motivates you to get going/keep going on a task, is it an external or internal thing?

Me, I tend to procrastinate on larger projects; the kind that will take multiple days to complete. It usually takes an external push to get me going ie Oh crap we host Thanksgiving next week and the guest room has all the stuff we've hidden away from the downstairs for the past 6 months in it! But once I get going, seeing the progress made spurs me on to get it done... the feeling of accomplishment when finished is sufficient.

Of course, I also procrastinate on diaries, which means in general they're written in the hours immediately prior to publication. At a certain point though, that became less procrastination, and more motivation, the knowledge I have 4 3 a few hours left :).

Share with us your tales of delay and eventual completion, or have at it as an open thread!

Brillig's ObDisclaimer: The decision to publish each nomination lies with the evening's Diarist and/or Comment Formatter. My evenings at the helm, I try reeeeallllyy hard to publish everything without regard to content. I really do, even when I disagree personally with any given nomination. "TopCommentness" lies in the eyes of the nominator and of you, the reader - I leave the decision to you. I do not publish self-nominations (ie your own comments) and if I ruled the world, we'd all build community, supporting and uplifting instead of tearing our fellow Kossacks down.


From Mopshell:
While reading through the wonderfully uplifting Perry-Is-Indicted diaries, I came across this gem of a comment by agramante in tom 47's Gov. Rick Perry indicted in Two Counts.

In cdub24's diary RICK PERRY - "We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country." commonmass made this classic comment topped off beautifully with the last two paragraphs!

From thankgodforairamerica:
Glen The Plumber gets the nomination tonite, from Sara R's Kitchen Table Kibitzing.
From Yours Truly, brillig:
This comment by Grizzard gets my nom for this:
White kids in the system tend to get treated like human beings. Treated like we'd want OUR kids to be treated. For first time offenders, there's an understanding in most cases that the kid is redeemable, and that we should avoid destroying his/her future if we can help it.

The answer is to understand that young black kids are just as valuable. And that if common sense solutions can be found for them without destroying their futures, then they should be.

 From #FaceYourPrivilege: What My Own Arrest Taught Me About What Black Youth Face and What They Don't.


Top Mojo for yesterday, August 15th, first comments and tip jars excluded. Thank you mik for the mojo magic! For those of you interested in How Top Mojo Works, please see his diary FAQing Top Mojo.
  1) Ron Johnson really gets it by Joffan — 191
  2) This diary paints Abercrombie in a bad light by Skaje — 140
  3) LOL! I wish by manneckdesign — 128
  4) For real. For real, that's all, for real. by nobody at all — 125
  5) I noticed that Mormon missionaries by Belle Ame — 124
  6) I invited a few Jehovah's Witnesses into my home.. by The Termite — 120
  7) I guess I'm mean with those people. by CJ WIHorse — 115
  8) One is clearly trying to do the right thing by gf120581 — 107
  9) It is great unintentional comedy, but that would by MrJersey — 103
10) "Get on the sidewalk" was an odd way ... by rewinn — 101
11) It was so incoherent by Dem Beans — 98
12) a thousand recs aren't enough by DoctorWho — 92
13) Very powerful protest, I think. by carlos the jackal — 92
14) Press Conf was meant to be incendiary... by falconer520 — 89
15) even if it was a capital offense by Euroliberal — 88
16) Even if he was… by DemSign — 87
17) This is not just a sleazy legal tactic. by Richard Lyon — 86
18) There is more humanity and decency by ontheleftcoast — 85
19) Scott Walker next, please by Puddytat — 85
20) Everyone should try it by The Termite — 84
21) Wow.... by Shutterbug — 83
22) The Ferguson PD chief is a huge liability by pajoly — 82
23) Seems like there is a power struggle brewing... by duckhunter — 81
24) She was a minor and intoxicated. by Richard Lyon — 81
25) Christie and Cuomo next by Paleo — 79
26) ... by Trix — 77
27) The entire department appears complicit.   by TomP — 77
28) Well, duh, of course he was a suspect. by Scottsdalian — 77
29) Jackson gets it too, just for a different audience by carlos the jackal — 76
30) One of the Brothers in my Catholic HS... by vadem165 — 71



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