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April 15, 2021

Behind the scenes where the sausage is made

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Otto von Bismarck observed that "Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made."

I've always liked that.

Here at boj World HQ©®, I'm always looking for ways to cut corners, to do more with less effort.

There's always something that can be made easier or simpler, if you just keep pressing the point.

For example:

 After deconstructing articles that appear in other places for use here, I've always de-paragraphed them, i.e., broken up multi-sentence paragraphs into chunks of one sentence with a space in between.

Obviously, that makes an article take up much more space on screen and forces the reader to scroll down more.

I've always done this because it seems to me easier to read single sentence paragraphs on a screen.

But recently, I had an epiphany: maybe people don't want to scroll down so much to read stuff.

So after 16+ years, I've bagged paragraph deconstruction and from now on will go with the original formatting.

Of course, from my perspective the big gain is less work for me, always the prize.

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Oftimes when creating a post which will be illustrated by pictures featuring Gray Cat, I get the text part done and then put off taking the photos for days or weeks.

I do so for two reasons:

1. I'm lazy and picking up the phone/camera and getting up and organizing things takes more effort than just walking/sitting/typing and searching Google Images.

2. Always lurking in my psyche is the sense that I need to take really great photos rather than just good enough, and so I'd rather not do it all rather than fail to come up with something excellent.

Over time, I've consciously fought against my perfectionist tendencies in this regard, which spill over into video.

I do believe I have finally succeeded in facing up to the fact that I won't make something great but just ignore that and press ahead.

"Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" is not just the title of a very good book but also a useful mantra in everyday life.

April 15, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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Otto von Bismarck observed that "Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made."

Like the attribution of the quote "There are lies, damned lies, and statistics" to Mark Twain, the attribution of this statement to Bismarck is false.
https://professorbuzzkill.com/bismarck-laws-and-sausages/

tl;dr “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” --John Godfrey Saxe, American poet

Posted by: antares | Apr 15, 2021 2:25:35 PM

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