Don’t use shitty tools.

If you have eight hours to cut down a tree, it is best to spend six hours sharpening your axe and then two hours cutting down the tree.
Anonymous, on the benefits of having good tools

I digitize physical books. There are many advantages, including saving storage space (not to mention having it easier to move), having the books available all the time (thanks iPhone and iPad), and search functionality (where did I read … ah, there).

Usually this works without a hitch. Just cut off the spine, then send the pages through my document scanner, run OCR, that’s it.

Unless you don’t find the metal ruler and decide to replace it with a thick plastic clipboard. And use a dull cutter. (Seriously, any campaign to blunt knives — really bad idea.)

It worked the first few strokes, but then the knife jumped over the edge of the clipboard — right into my left thumb. And it bit fairly deep (luckily, there’s a nail and other more robust stuff within the thumb). Still, did bleed a lot, and wasn’t exactly comfortable.

Status of the thumb after using an alumstone to help stop the bleeding. Still hasn’t closed completely.

Lesson learned: If you want to do something, don’t use shitty tools. Not even for a fairly thin book.

Outch.

(And yeah, fuck, fuck, fuck!)

Categories: General Tips, Improving your Creativity, Infrastructure, Inspiration, Other Tools, People, Tools



2 Comments on Don’t use shitty tools.

  1. Michael W. Perry // 2020-03-10 at 13:27 //

    Quote: If you have eight hours to cut down a tree, it is best to spend six hours sharpening your axe and then two hours cutting down the tree.

    Or get a powerful enough chain saw and cut it down is fifteen minutes.

  2. Daniel // 2020-03-22 at 09:58 //

    Yeah, but the issue with shitty tools still applies. Heck, even with a great chain saw … hmm, the chain saw version would likely be: “If you have twenty minutes to cut down a tree, it’s best to spend five minutes putting on a protective suit, cut down the tree in fifteen minutes. It takes five minutes longer, but you keep both of your legs.” Or a variant to the losing fingers quote: “The difference between two legs and one leg is one mistake.” 😉

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