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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Tuesday August 28, 2001
12:06 AM

shades of grep

[ #713 ]
Dear Log,

From Eno's diary (1995-02-14): "Must be the central problem of politics -- do you paint simplistic pictures that make people act (and leave them with too simple a view of the world) or do you paint bafflingly shaded and contingent scenes that leave people paralyzed by indecision?"

That's also the central problem in writing a specification for something (POD, say!). The solution is to get off that axis altogether, and allow the interface (whether it's a POD parser's interface, or the mechanical interface on a stove) that makes clear what information and decisions are currently necessary, but doesn't require the user to face much more than that.