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Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity

No, this is not the new mantra of Steve Ballmer, rather, on the birthday of Henry David Thoreau it is from one of his more memorable writings:

“Simplicity simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail. In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quick-sands and thousandand-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds. Simplify, simplify. Instead of three meals a day, if it be necessary eat but one; instead of a hundred dishes, five; and reduce other things in proportion.”

I'm on a bit of a simplicity kick right now. So far it is working, but it is easy to slip backwards into chaos.



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