Organized Disorganization

by Dwayne Phillips

Sometimes we “know where everything is” despite outward appearances. Sometimes we have “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Sometimes both ideas work. Sometimes neither work.

Data is everywhere. Data is the new oil or bacon or pizza or something good or bad. The trouble with data is if I cannot find the one thing I need at the time and place I need it, all those data are useless.

Therefore, everything in its place. Look in the right place, as long as I can remember which place is the right place. Sometimes I can, and sometimes…the other.

Aha, I’ll just pile everything in to one place. I have a magic finder that finds whatever it is I want. Aha, that is Google search and WordPress search and Apple finder and Windows finder and … I guess there are many more. And they all work well! They allow me to simply toss new things on the pile. They “index” everything (what a bad noun-to-verb thing) and find it.

Sometimes this works. Sometimes that works. Sometimes nothing works. What am I to do?

Maybe I’ll just remember what it is I thought to be important. Then again, maybe I’ll forget it and move along happily anyways.


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Dwayne Phillips

Engineer, computing, consulting, writing, teaching, and a few other things in an effort to make us all better and smarter.