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October 25, 2004

Daily Question(s), #8 and #9

How much tolerance do you have for work that involves lots of details?

I have a high tolerance for detailed work. For catalogers, it comes with the territory -- anyone who couldn't deal with a ridiculous amount of minutiae would promptly go insane in my line of work. Catalogers are well known for their ability to fixate on and endlessly debate the most trivial details. Don't believe me? Check out some of the documents I've written for work, here and here. Writing each of those required the distillation of dozens if not hundreds of pages of rules, instructions, interpretation, and opinion.

There are other aspects of my work that require more of a grasp of the big picture, but I do spend plenty of time up to my eyebrows in details.

And a bonus seasonally-themed question, since I was unable to post on Friday:

How did we come to represent ghosts with white sheets?

The more I think about this, the more I'm baffled. Anyone have any ideas?

Posted by at October 25, 2004 11:03 PM