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I am finding myself craving thinkspace, lately. Most likely this is a byproduct of the stage I am in with work, but it could also be linked to constantly being around people. In grad school, the best such place was Lux Coffee, which I would visit on many Saturdays after going to the Downtown Phoenix Farmer's Market. During periods where I couldn't afford a latte and pastry, I'd go over to Burton Barr Public Library instead.

The best place to slouch in Texas was Carney's, although the Village Cafe was all right, too. In college, there was the Someday Cafe, and there are a couple of good places in Seattle. Meadowlark in Lincoln was good, or Cultiva, but really, my personal life was so quiet there that just sitting at home was sufficient. I was also so caught up in physically doing experiments that I didn't feel that sense of drag that often accompanies thinking work.

I haven't quite arranged my desk at home correctly for this, either, and it's currently serving as a repository for "to do" items, which tends to run counter to the ability to reflect.


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Mar. 30th, 2016 11:39 pm (UTC)
I was reading something the other day about quantifying vitality in cities. They picked different things than a lot of this urban planning fodder. One of their four predictors of vitality is a mixture of old and new buildings. Another was lots of "third spaces", that aren't home or work, that people can spend time away from either. Your post reminds me of that. I often find myself wanting a change of scenery as well. Before Burton Barr cut their hours, I used to camp in there a lot too. The top floor is a pretty amazing other space. Then I could distract myself with books instead of the Internet, if I needed to focus on something else for a while. I bought Ricochet even though where I lived didn't have coverage and used it in Burton Barr before they had WiFi. Ahh. Phoenix has changed so much while I've been here and Burton Barr losing funding was part of that. I wish I could say I approved of more of the changes. Part of me feels like despite a lot of peoples hard work, this city is heading towards being a mini-LA.

Working at Contact Designs in Scottsdale, a long time ago now, I had two desks. One had all of my post-its, papers, parts, phone, books, etc. The other had nothing but an X workstation with keyboard and mouse. I'd love to be able to replicate that design.
Apr. 1st, 2016 11:43 pm (UTC)
Okay, doesn't...um....the Sherlock series with...Cumebict Benderbatch have him going to some sort of castle in the sky whenever he needs to think?

Holy crap I think I just suggested you become addicted to heroin. Boy was that a big mistake, sorry.
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