Just for Fun, Musings

Simplicity: Keeping It Simple…Sort Of

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.  ~Archimedes

That is one of, if not the only, theorems I retained from my tenth-grade geometry class. Perhaps it is because I see the point. I applied it today…well, my Google maps application applied it…when it identified my fastest route based on the distance between my Current Location and the address I entered and calculated the estimated time I would arrive based on the amount of traffic.

I think it applies to editing, too. I’ll prove it.

That is one of, if not the only, theorems I retained from my tenth-grade geometry class. Perhaps it is because I see the point. I applied it today…well, m My Google maps application applied ittoday when it identified my fastest route based on the distance between my Current Location and the address I entered and calculated the estimated time I would arrive based on the amount of traffic.

Note all the straight lines to prove my point. I have done what the creator of Dilbert suggests in the following quotation.

Simple means getting rid of extra words. Don’t write, “He was very happy” when you can write “He was happy.” You think “very” adds something. It doesn’t.  ~Scott Adams

Removing “tenth-grade” made me happy. Most of my tenth grade year was happy because I started dating my future husband. Happiness is not being in the same math class with your ninth-grade sister. In fact, I think I could get rid of more words.

That is one of, if not the only, theorems I retained from my tenth-grade geometry class. Perhaps it is because I see the point. I applied it today…well, m My Google maps application applied it… today when it identified my fastest route based on the distance between my Current Location and the address I entered and calculated the estimated time I would arrive based on the amount of traffic.

I suppose I could kept the third sentence, but it is far from concise. I repeated the word “applied” twice and implied it with “application.” Also, my estimated arrival time today depended less on traffic and more on everyone’s presence in the car at the designated departure time.

That is the only theorem I retained from geometry class. Perhaps it is because I see the point.

I have made a much more concise, accurate…oh, wait! Maybe not.

This is one of two definitions I retained from geometry class. Perhaps it is because I see the point.

This leads me to my second point.

Simplicity is the secret of seeing things clearly. ~Oswald Chambers

It is very plain to see…I mean…

It is plain to see…

Wait a minute.

This is one of two definitions I retained from geometry class. Perhaps it is because I see the point planely.

This statement proves why the acronym K.I.S.S. is “Keep It Simple, Stupid.”

Life is too short. We desire it to be simple. Yet, by the time we map out the fastest means to an end, we find ourselves traversing a path we never intended. In fact, we would avoid it altogether if it did not lead us to a higher plane.

I think I will go with what is concise, accurate, and truthful.

That is one of two definitions I retained from geometry class. Perhaps it is because I see the point.

What is “that” again? Oh, right!

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.  ~Archimedes

Huh, I never noticed that the words “arc” and “arch” are in the name “Archimedes.” How symbolic, even poetic!

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. ~William Shakespeare

Here I thought I had come full circle, and I have happened upon another tangent. Enough!

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.  ~Lin Yutang.

Of these non-essentials, I still include geometry…unless it points to posts or poetry.

Just for Fun

A Unique Quilting Technique

I discovered a surprisingly unique quilting technique that makes quilting affordable and easy for any novice. There a several steps, but if followed, the result will be a quilt you will treasure for years to come.

1. Join your mother on her next trip to the quilting shop. Her enthusiasm will inspire you to begin a new hobby. She may even contribute funds to your endeavor.

2. Pick a pattern and fabrics you love. This is the fun part!

3. Place the bag of fabulous fabric in your basement. It should stay there for at least one year.

4. After you stumble upon the bag of fabulous fabric the next time you are looking for Goodwill donations, scold yourself for your lack of motivation and determine to begin your project.

5. Find a time when your family is engaged in other activities, and you have the whole house to yourself. This step could take another six months, but if you leave the bag where you can see it every day, your motivation will increase until you insist everyone go to a movie.

6. Prepare the fabric by washing it. While you wait, stare dumfounded at the pattern you chose. When the family returns from the movie, suggest they go to another one the next night.

7. Begin cutting your fabric into strips. This is another fun part of the process, and you will feel pleased you can use a rotary cutter.

8. After sending the family to their third movie of the week, start piecing the quilt. It is important to be slightly unfamiliar with your sewing machine and to suffer from perfectionism.

9. Place the strips of fabric and your feeble sewing attempt back in the bag, then offer to join the family for the next movie night. For best results, put the bag back in the basement.

10. When you are gathering your project for a craft weekend with your mother, sister, and sister-in-law, decide to generously donate the fabric and your sewing machine to the event. Bring the afghan you are knitting.

11. Leave your fabric and your sewing machine at your mother’s for the next crafting event and admire your knitted afghan.

12. Receive with awe and delight the quilt you envisioned when your mother presents it to you as a gift. She may point out a few imperfections, which you would never have noticed because you know you could not have done better yourself.

13. Show off your mother’s gift by posting a photo of it on your blog.

14. Treasure the quilt that reminds you of your mother’s love and generosity.