Thursday, October 05, 2006

Order and information design

This is a snap of an academic friend's filing system. Being an anally retented male who used to spot trains, I can only gasp in admiration for the order of his cabinet. What is this bizarre urge some men have to categorise and order their lives to such a strong degree? For me, above practical concerns, it seems to me to be a desire to avoid too much chaos in an already chaotic world. But it is also a fear of loss, of disappearance and of leaving no traces behind.

I can't decide if the dictum to 'leave no traces' is a good thing or a bad thing.


kemi,  7:23 pm  

Your post implies that only men have this impulse.

I have it too.

Anonymous,  10:35 pm  

exactly kemi. I think it is just that men are permitted to express this side of themselves.

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