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Fact or Fable? Multitasking

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« on: June 18, 2010, 16:30:26 PM »

One often hears on the media how women are able to multitask but men can't. Fact or fable? For my penny's worth my wife is oh so incapable of multitasking (MT)...but that's not bad as she is very focused when she does something. It sounds as if MT is another term for disorganised, haphazard or plain 'deurmekaar'. Me? On Sunday I distilled 10 l of wine (witblits) while cooking a cassoulet for 80 people, washed the pig and delivered 200 baby ducklings...so maybe we're the exception that proves the rule! Views?
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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2010, 20:46:24 PM »

Impressive! I have difficulty focusing on even one whole thing at time, I get distracted by all the different parts.

Washed the pig? LOL That just strikes me as funny. Does the pig enjoy it?
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2010, 12:53:40 PM »

Washed the pig? LOL That just strikes me as funny. Does the pig enjoy it?
Absolutely and he gets goosebumps all over his body! Hilarious!
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2010, 15:48:40 PM »

At work I was once delegated to assist in job grading.   One of the criteria to determine the seniority of a position was how complex a variety of responsibilities needs to be kept track of simultaneously.  If you "distilled 10 l of wine (witblits) while cooking a cassoulet for 80 people, washed the pig and delivered 200 baby ducklings", I am pleased to tell you that you are in a senior managerial position and qualify for a big salary and a bakkie! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2010, 07:15:18 AM »

I just knew I'd make the big time one day! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2010, 12:58:07 PM »

May I just suggest one small thing: Next time try hatching the baby ducklings rather than delivering them. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2010, 16:35:15 PM »

my top point of multitasking was skype-ing with one hand, scratching one cat behind the ear, and playing with another with my foot.  i think i passed out after that.
my mum could read a book, watch the soaps, crochet something, have dinner going, and breathe, at the same time!!!

i dont think multitasking abilities are gender specific, either you can, or you cant.  and it might even be a skill you can learn.
i think younger generation are better at at, since you have like 6 windows open on your desktop at any time.  doing a proposal, skype, solitaire, outlook, defrag, that porno site.....
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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2010, 12:04:44 PM »

I have a friend (male) who is an air traffic controller - and those people are scary! I have personally seen him talk on one phone, while listening to another, while typing a different message on skype. I was talking with another friend of mine, and as soon as he put the phone he was talking into down, he commented on the conversation I was having - so he was following that too!
Multitasking is DEFINITELY not gender-specific, but you have to be a special kind of special to get certain things right...
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2010, 10:19:19 AM »

I admire people who can do this. If I so much as hear something as innocuous as a TV bleating in the background I can forget about doing anything else properly. I can't even worry and work at the same time.

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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2010, 09:05:00 AM »

May I just suggest one small thing: Next time try hatching the baby ducklings rather than delivering them. Cheesy
The way I understand it is that the ducklings had already hatched and had to be delivered to a customer. Hatching them would require several weeks and a huge bum, but delivering them would require that new corporate bakkie and a paying customer.
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« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2010, 11:08:39 AM »

You're spot on Stevo. I hatch them (500 at a time/week) and then deliver them to my wife (The Duck Lady) who feeds them for 49 days and then it's to the market!
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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2010, 11:33:49 AM »

I'm guessing the duckies end up on the menu at dinner then?
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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2010, 12:33:01 PM »

don't stress GCG, the ducks are all vegetarians Grin (free range as well!)
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« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2010, 00:01:52 AM »

There was a piece on TV a couple weeks back related to this. 
Here, it is not illeagal to be on the cell while driving. Many people say it's just "multitasking", but a specialist (forgot his actual title) said, basically, ummm no.
This would still be relavent in ZA since he said the conversation (not holding the phone), and using those parts of the brain required for driving can't happen simultaneously.
I would have to find the piece for more detail, it was a while back, but this was the gist.  Having driven for years in several metro areas (including Jo'burg), I already knew this.
Now, I am sure there is some tiny fraction of people who can do both satisfactorily.  The problem is that MOST people think they fall into that category, claim to be good at multitasking.
Sorry for going a bit OT, just had to throw that in there. 
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« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2010, 12:34:16 PM »

I wonder if driving while smoking weed could be considered multitasking.
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