Archive for June 17, 2011

The Event Horizon


An animation that demonstrates the effect an e...

Event Horizon Animation

Seems that as you get closer to seeing the work “done”, the further it seems to appear that “finished” is moving away.  It’s almost like the macro level work gets you so close and then all the details start showing up and you begin to realize just how much more needs to be done to get it all tightened up, running the way you want, looking the way you want, and maintainable the way you want.

Graph of overdamped and critically damped

Overdamped and Critically Damped



I find myself in more discussions with business professionals, clients, and prospective clients talking about the trade-off’s between quality, cost, and speed.    And, like a mirage, the ideal of achieving all objectives simultaneously seems just out of reach – elusive but deceptively close.  Like those mirrors that say that “things are closer than they appear”.





So I have been pondering if the event horizon is rounded or an edge – do you keep going or fall off?  If you close the gap to the edge as percentages can you ever get there or is it asymptotic?  Like six sigma, perhaps it is the ideal itself and better awareness of the parameters in the system that is the ultimate success.  Appreciating where you are, when you are, and how you are rather than getting to an end point that paradoxically seems to be moving further away.

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A sea of WP plug-in’s!

First, don’t think for a minute that I am complaining.  I am quite overwhelmed with appreciation for all the contributions people make to the open source initiatives.  I read a comment on a blog from a gentleman who puts his plug-in’s (and they are high quality) out for free because he doesn’t believe people should have to continue to re-invent the wheel every time.  Renews your faith in human kindness and the potential for communities to come together and accomplish something bigger than any one individual just looking out for themselves can accomplish.  Don’t worry, I’m not tearing up. ;)


Mount Everest.

Image via Wikipedia

I’m not sure what others have found when firing up WordPress for the first time on a hosting site so they can utilize the treasure trove of Plug-In’s, but the learning curve feels at times like Mt. Everest!!!  Like learning the streets in North Carolina where you can’t see through the trees and there is no coast or mountains to orient to, you have to do a fair amount of memorizing if you are not planning to dive immediately into PHP – although with shortcodes I know that I am not too far from directly editing some code and even some CSS.  Next thing you know I’ll have delusions of creating my own theme!

There are those four types of knowing:

1. Not knowing what you don’t know

2. Knowing what you know

3. Knowing what you don’t know

4. Not knowing what you know


I feel like I am moving gradually from 1 closer to 2, at least at this first phase of getting some stuff thrown together to see what works and what doesn’t.  But I have this nagging suspicion that there are a number of initial things I should be putting in place to get greater efficiencies later.  Each thing added seems like a growing exponential set of things (with attributes) I will need to go back and edit later once I better appreciate the implications.

And now back to work the claim!

into the gold mine

Image by slideshow bob via Flickr



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