On Problem breakdown

Abstract process of problem solving seems to be based on various “mental models” of the problem.

In addition, thinking about solutions to a problem requires isolating a small area, and thinking about it without the constraints of other parts of it. After it becomes manageable, then we factor in other sub-parts and see how the solution evolves.

For example, we had a issue related to some migration today: we wanted to use an OAuth server but tie it with our existing code base and we couldn’t look at how we can evolve it. Once we “forgot” our existing system and looked at the problem as entirely new thing, we understood what to do. Then we looked at what our existing code has to do to talk to this OAuth server and it seemed more “tackle-able”.

This is a very repeated pattern, and almost everyone is aware of it (“one thing at a time” or “one day at a time” seem like a variant of it).

Some other instances I encountered:



ora et labora

– Pray and Work (From Rule of St. Benedict)

I am the daughter of Earth and Water,
And the nursling of the Sky;
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;
I change, but I cannot die.

Percy Bysshe Shelley ~

I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.

I do not need my freedom when I’m dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.

Langston Hughes ~

When I’m killed,
don’t think of me
Buried there in Cambrin Wood,
Nor as in Zion
think of me
With the Intolerable Good.
And there’s one thing
that I know well,
I’m damned if I’ll be damned to Hell!
So when I’m killed,
don’t wait for me,
Walking the dim corridor;
In Heaven or Hell,
don’t wait for me,
Or you must wait for evermore.
You’ll find me buried,
In these verses that you’ve read.
So when I’m killed,
don’t mourn for me,
Shot, poor lad,
so bold and young,
Killed and gone — don’t mourn for me.
On your lips my life is hung:
O friends and lovers,
you can save
Your playfellow from the grave.
Robert Graves

Loving WP Calypso

I have been away from wordpress for so long, I didn’t realise the strides they’ve taken with their admin interface (calypso?). The themes have always been their strong suit, but the editor and the whole concept of building blocks and clean UI design is very welcome!

This overhaul along with compatibility with existing wp-admin is painstaking and I appreciate the work they’re doing with it. Really grateful for the work the whole community has put in. Thanks from an obscure user.