Ever since merlyn gave a few chatterbox lurkers an insight into his exhausting routine of scanning 60 odd newsgroups, 30 mailing lists and a few websites every single day, Iíve been thinking more about my own morning ritual of information gathering, interactions and just general scouting around of sites that I find of interest to me and to my line of work.

Now I want to know about yours. :)

What is your morning ritual? What sites, newsgroups and mailing lists do you frequent? Is this the first thing you do when you wake up/reach the office? Do you follow the same pattern religiously? Do you use the web as a substitute for your morning paper? What happens when you canít fulfil your morning ritual for some reason? How does this affect your day?

I was originally going to write some sort of article about all this, but that idea has since been sent to /dev/null. I'm just really curious, so.. fire away!

- wil

Edit ar0n -- Marked off topic.

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Re: Morning ritual
by webfiend (Vicar) on May 25, 2002 at 19:20 UTC

    Hey, this is a fun question. What's my rut?

    • Get out of bed.
    • Grab coffee.
    • Wake up.
    • Read my email - dedicated lurker on these lists:
      • SPUG (Seattle Perl User Group)
      • HTML::Template list
      • Python-Tutor
      • Ruby-Talk
      • Seattle.Rb (Seattle Ruby Brigade)
      • Raindogs (more or less Tom Waits stuff, because I don't want all of my email to be about programming)
    • Get more coffee
    • Log in to Perlmonks, lose an hour.
    • Get more coffee
    • Look at clock, panic, go to work.
    • Work, play, work (perl, perlmonks, perl)

    If I can't perform my morning rituals, I become irritable and cranky. People get hurt. The danger can be reduced a little bit if I read a bit of some random computer book off my shelf while riding the bus to work.

    "All you need is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure."-- Mark Twain
Re: Morning ritual
by abaxaba (Hermit) on May 25, 2002 at 19:31 UTC
    Working from home gives me a bit more flexibility than when I worked in a traditional "office" setting. But...

    #!/usr/bin/perl use Benchmark; my $start=new Benchmark; my @sites=qw(cnn perlmonks wired slashdot); my @utilities=qw(usenet email); while (<WAKING_UP>) { require qw(Coffee Cigarette); $cat=catFed()?:"Asleep":"Meowing"; @firstCup=map{read $_,$brain,1;$brain}@utilities; @secondCup=map{read $_,$brain,5;$brain}@sites; } while (<ALMOST_AWAKE>) { my $thirdCup=join("",map{read $_,$brain,10;brain} (qw(sportscores localNews accessLogs)); my $fourthCup=join("",map{read $_,$brain,20;brain} (qw(crossword comics)); } my $finish=new Benchmark; my $timespan=timediff($finish,$start); #Results in approximately one hour. print "Total Wakeup Time: timestr($timespan)n";

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(kudra) Re: (OT) Morning ritual
by kudra (Vicar) on May 25, 2002 at 20:20 UTC
    • turn on computer (laptop--server stays on), get a drink of water while it boots
    • start a browser and ssh to my server
    • check my email in two accounts while looking at websites in the following order: usually I'm done with the email by the time I hit the register.
    • eat breakfast
    • play a game of warcraft if still not awake
    • work
    Update: I DO bathe! I just do it in the middle of the day, before I go grocery shopping (I work from home, home is small, so most of the time I work from bed, so it seems silly to take a shower and then get back in bed).
Re: Morning ritual
by samtregar (Abbot) on May 25, 2002 at 20:03 UTC
    Hmm, lessee here. First thing I check my main email box, which includes personal mail and the mailing-lists I run (HTML::Template being the only one that gets much traffic). Next up are the mailing-lists I read daily - CGI::Application, mod_perl, perl5-porters and the Bricolage lists. After that I head off to Slashdot, Plastic and the New York Times to make sure the world hasn't been invaded by aliens. Finally, Freshmeat and PerlMonks form the anchor of morning. They provide a nice segue into my day job, be it programming or writing.


Re: Morning ritual
by Beatnik (Parson) on May 25, 2002 at 22:09 UTC
    Another boring day usually contains at least several of the following steps...
    • Get up (around 7.15)
    • Wash up
    • Get dressed
    • Check email
    • Eat breakfast
    • Walk dog
    • Grab bus to school
    • Check email (when net connection is available during classes)
    • Perlmonks, In Email: Sinfest, UFie, Slashdot, Use Perl, CPAN Newest additions, Freshmeat
    • SSH to server & screen to IRC
    • Run down to coke machine and snack machine
    • Log in on MSN
    • Follow classes (optional)
    • Quake a bit (optional)
    • Head home
    • Check mail
    • Walk dog
    • Usual stuff
    Things I never do:
    • Turn on computers... they're on 24/7
    If I don't get my daily dose of caffeine, I don't wake up before 4 PM... which is usually the time I get home...

    ... Quidquid perl dictum sit, altum viditur.
Re: Morning ritual
by nefertari (Chaplain) on May 25, 2002 at 20:35 UTC
    Get out of bed, wash, dress.
    Drink a cup of cocoa and read the local newspaper (if my mother isn't reading it). Go to university by bus and underground, talk with my sister and a friend, or read a book.
    Look at /., APOD, userfriendly, read The Monastery Gates. Look at kuro5hin (bad timekiller!)

    Check whether the search on a webpage maintained by me works. (Its on the experimental webserver of our faculty, and sometimes after an update they forget to reset the permissions.) Start with 'real' work. And my evening ritual:
    Go home, eat, switch on my Mac, read rec.games.roguelike.angband, play a little bit, go to bed.

      nefertari wrote: Get out of bed, wash, dress.

      Hmm... as of this posting, you're only one of two monks who listed bathing as part of the morning ritual. Typical programmers ...



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Re: Morning ritual
by hagus (Monk) on May 26, 2002 at 00:14 UTC
    Well, as soon as I have a job again I will resume my normal morning ritual:

  • Wake up around 6.45.
  • Jump straight into shower to regain consciousness.
  • Pack up laptop, have breakfast and coffee, iron things if required.
  • Get into my leathers.
  • Jump on the bike and have another near death experience with Sydney peak hour (lane split like hell).
  • Arrive at work.
  • Unpack laptop, change into work gear.
  • Obtain a coffee.
  • Log on to the Sydney Morning Herald, perlmonks (checking newest nodes first), the reg. The Onion (on Wednesdays). Maybe if I feel like being talked at as if I'm five, slashdot.
  • Check work e-mail and reply if necessary (5 minute intervals throughout the day)
  • Check personal e-mail and reply if necessary (15 minute intervals throughout the day)
  • Shoot the breeze with co-workers, then commence another day of writing code and supporting it.

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    Ash OS thrakatulk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul!
    Uzg-Microsoft-ishi amal fauthut burguuli.

Re: (OT) Morning ritual
by cLive ;-) (Prior) on May 26, 2002 at 09:58 UTC

    You get up in the morning?


    cLive ;-)

    3am and the code goes on...


Re: (OT) Morning ritual
by thraxil (Prior) on May 26, 2002 at 16:31 UTC

    the list of sites that i read on a regular basis has actually grown to the point where i had to write a program to keep track of them all. it's a simple database + CGI program that keeps a list of all the sites organized by how frequently they're updated (daily/weekly/monthly) and when the last time i visited each was. everytime i load the page, it places the least recently read sites at the top and, if i haven't read them in longer than their update period, makes the link a different color so i know i'm behind on that one.

    anders pearson

      A couple of years ago, I wrote a Home Page Manager. Basically, you set up different home pages for your browser based upon weekday and time of day. Set the manager as your home page and whenever you fired up a browser, it would automatically take you to that page. It's an interesting read if only to see how bad my code used to be.


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Re: Morning ritual
by silent11 (Vicar) on May 25, 2002 at 21:35 UTC
    my morning ritual ....


    Indeed, when I design my killer language, the identifiers "foo" and "bar" will be reserved words, never used, and not even mentioned in the reference manual. Any program using one will simply dump core without comment. Multitudes will rejoice. -- Tim Peters, 29 Apr 1998
Re: (OT) Morning ritual
by Phemur (Beadle) on May 26, 2002 at 11:47 UTC
    Mine is a bit different:

    • 5:30 - Wake up
    • 6:00 - Pool/run
    • 7:00 - Shower
    • 7:15 - Breakfast on way to work (Milk, apple, 1/2 bagel)
    • 7:30 - Dock laptop, power up
    • 7:35 - Email
    • 7:45 - Browse for news/laughs (Slashdot, Dilbert, UF, NewsForge, CNN, ABC News, CNN-FN, Joel On Software (once a week), PerlMonks ).
    • 8:15 - Work
    Email and browse time vary, but it's usually fairly short, since I do most of my heavy duty browsing/emailing in the evenings.


Re: (OT) Morning ritual
by talexb (Canon) on May 27, 2002 at 14:11 UTC
    My morning ritual. Hmm. I've alrady posted what's on my desk, why not my morning too.

    • Wake up
    • Bathroom
    • Fill kettle
    • Let cat out
    • Empty coffee grounds into compost, rinse coffee pot, add new coffee.
    • Get the morning paper from the from step
    • Check kettle. Not turned on. Turn it on
    • Find lunch bags for the boys, get step-son #2's agenda, confirm he's done everything, sign it
    • Wash hands, make lunch for the boys, pack into knapsacks
    • Pour boiled water into coffee pot, start reading paper
    • Wake step-son #1 up about 0745
    • Let cat in
    • Stir coffee, assemble bodum, push button, pour, add a drop of cream and milk, enjoy
    • Return to paper
    • Let cat out, consider the concept of breakfast food, decide against it for now
    • Kiss fiancee as she leaves for work
    • Re-fill coffee cup, return to paper
    • At 0830, kick step-son #2 off Rune Scape (second computer) and off to school
    • Finish paper, calisthenics for 10-15 minutes (inspired by Monk who described his/her exercise routine as one sit-up, done in the morning while getting out of bed)
    • Shower, dress, consider shaving
    • Let cat in, then leave door open
    • Check E-Mail, look at PerlMonks, turn time-keeping on and back-date to start of E-Mail
    • Check out white board with current crop of work and propsects
    • Pour more coffee, get to work.

    --t. alex

    "Nyahhh (munch, munch) What's up, Doc?" --Bugs Bunny

Re: (OT) Morning ritual
by FoxtrotUniform (Prior) on May 27, 2002 at 16:28 UTC

    Good one, wil. This is a fun thread.

    • 0745: wake, dress
    • 0750: drink coffee most mornings, or a couple litres of water if hungover
    • 0750-0840: read paper, check personal email
    • 0845: catch train to work
    • 0900: work, check voice mail, email, and internal newsgroups

    At work, I'll usually read news sites and web comics over the course of the morning, interspersed with tasks (so I'll finish a feature, or find and fix a bug, or the like, then "reward myself" and read Slashdot for a few minutes). This tends not to happen on days with too much work (no browsing) or days with nothing going on (no work), but those are fairly rare (the latter are much less common than the former, of course. :-().

    The hell with paco, vote for Erudil!