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    • 3. Filing in Broad Categories

      at first I thought the best way to file these papers would be in lots of different categories, with each category stored in a different physical file folder. I thought hard about the categories, often feeling quite pleased with the cleverness of associating a particular paper with a particular category. And I had the principle that if too many papers accumulated in one category, I should break it up into new categories.

      All this at first seemed like a good idea. But fairly quickly I realized it wasn’t. Because too often when I wanted to find a particular paper I couldn’t figure out just what cleverness had caused me to associate it with what category. And the result was that I completely changed my approach. Instead of insisting on narrow categories, I allowed broad, general categories—with the result that I could easily have 50 or more papers filed in a single category (often ending up with multiple well-stuffed physical file folders for a given category)

      Having broad categories instead of narrow ones may seem inefficient, but so is spending mental time thinking through micro categorization.

    • Steven was a developer on NeXT, working on Mathematica when I was there. He's a very smart mathematician but damn he had a volatile personality. The match between his software and our platform was perfect because power of UNIX, beautiful interface, but we did not sell enough machines for him to make money and it drove him crazy. I'm so happy to see him emerge as he's done.

      He's right about those glasses. It isn't pseudoscience like it sounds. I have a pair and here is Caitlyn in hers. She absolutely can ride no spinny rides or roller coasters unless she's wearing them, and then no problem.