i'm working on a new theory that most of what we self-mockingly file under yak shaving is in fact more socially useful productive labor than the theoretical core tasks of most technical employment.
@earthtopus like if you bake bread for a living, i fully support you in whatever you get absorbed in trying to make your tools & work environment better & more comfortable, but i also have a feeling that the bread itself has some positive value.
i do not have this feeling about software or the internet.
@earthtopus romance nothin'. the baking gig pays shit with no benefits and you have to get up at like 3:30 in the morning.
bread is still generally better than any of websites, slide decks, blockchain startups, a good meeting attendance record, etc.
i take your point though. more employment is probably bullshit timekilling than not, at least in the developed world.
@brennen Let's jump to the end, where "yak shaving" is a world setting, created to keep our species trapped on this planet until we figure it out and take our place among the Star People. I (don't) promise I am not just appropriating your theory for my world-building exercise!