|Truffle-hunting pig, France (wikipedia images)|
I only set out on a truffle-hunting mission when I'm stuck, but I sometimes get drawn into one. That's fine. As long as I note it on the time log so that it doesn't distort the metrics, the diversion is allowed. (Deadlines allowing - sometimes truffle-hunting has to be curtailed or suspended. Truffles are not always in season.)
|Cut truffle (wikipedia images)|
My Evernote is a sort of cabinet of curiosities, stuffed with intriguing things, most unconnected, many with no obvious application, but all with intrinsic interest. In the old days, they went in notebooks. Evernote makes them easier to find, so as a working tool it's better.
But whether you keep your truffles on the computer or on paper, it's worth valuing them. It doesn't matter if they get a bit old and dried out - you can soak them when you need to use them and they will be lively and plump again. Ideas are like that.
Most recent book: Flashpoints in Science, Bounty (Hachette); Jan 2016