Scaling issues

October 10, 2012 4:03:57 AM CDT

Not the server's.. mine.

I have some large articles in the pipeline, but seem to have hit a limit on the amount of text I can throw on a page and still get posts out in a timely manner.

This is a learning thing. Part of my reason for doing this blog is to get practice with the mechanics of writing. I know there are places where I need work, and this is one of them.

So..

Rather than sidelining myself for weeks at a time, polishing articles to the point where I throw them away in frustration, I'm going to break them down into smaller pieces and post them that way.

"But," you ask in confusion, "doesn't writing a lot of small posts involve just as much writing as a few large posts?"

Yes it does.. in much the same way that lifting ten pounds fifty times involves the same amount of actual work as lifting five hundred pounds once, or jogging a mile every day for 26-1/2 days is mechanically equivalent to running a marathon.

There's something I need to learn about writing at the 5000-10,000 word level. I don't know what it is, but I'm pretty sure I won't learn it doing things the way I am now. OTOH, I'm fairly sure that getting into a habit of cranking out a few thousand words a week will give me a head start on finding ways to link them up into larger pieces.

Having now committed myself to all that, there's some infodump on the way.

You have been warned.

Random brain cookies:

Q: How many IBM CPUs does it take to do a logical right shift? A: 33. 1 to hold the bits and 32 to push the register.