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a website for people to post their own personal strategies for handling all the little things in life.
A heuristic is an experience-based technique that
works at least for the person who gave it. In your
typical recipe, for example, you will find heuristics
ensuring the proper outcome (Bake until golden
wait for the spaghetti to stick to the wall, etc.).
This is not a website
for recipes, however. It's for
everything else. It's for your daily life recipes. How
you go about taking out the trash? I suspect some
will think this is a simple one sentence answer, and
won't much like this site. The people who do like that
question may start with the response:
Well, it depends on what's in the trash, how full it is,
how much stuff is laying around the house that can be
put inside it, how full is the cat litter, amongst other
I would hope everyone has their own unique
though similarities will be abundant. People can get
voted on the quality of their heuristics, and that
be pretty fun and strange.
Somebody will think this is completely baked by
answers.com or whichever it is. And, largely, they are
right. But, this site would have a format allowing for
much different answers where heuristics are the goal;
not necessarily a right answer.
Yet another gawker.com property. Some of the articles there veer into this general advice territory. [jutta, Jun 02 2010]
Wiki.answers.com: How do I eat a pie?
[rcarty, Jun 02 2010]
||[+]'d but what's the difference if you call it an "answer" or a "heuristic"
||An answer is more absolute, whereas a heuristic is
something that exists in the context of someone's
||On this site, in response to the (very general) question
'how do you wash your dishes' someone might want to
dishes with gloves and how to properly take the gloves
and off to avoid contamination and how to store the
gloves to avoid mildew deposits and the like. You'll
get this level of detail with straight forward
answers.com. This site will explore the digression of
nested problem solving inherent in real life, whereas
the other sites are just looking for the best solution.
||//handwashing dishes with gloves and how to properly take
the gloves on and off to avoid contamination and how to
store the gloves....// Horrible. Trapped inside the mind of
an obsessive -- like a parody of Nicholson Baker or maybe
||That's almost exactly what this will be like. In my
experience, heuristics always resemble a rambling
paragraph of drawn-out specifics that may or may not
pertain to the given problem that you are researching. I
had a college textbook that had a unit simply labeled
'heuristics'. It was closely impossible to read.
||//I had a college textbook that had a unit simply labeled 'heuristics'. It was closely impossible to read.//
||Can you tell us how you got through it? In case we are faced with a similar situation.
||1. Find a bookstore.
2. Purchase a 'Cliff's Notes' guide to the textbook.(yeah probably doesn't exist, but hey).
3. Open said guide and begin reading at the beginning.
||[swimswim], in case you are having trouble with that
section, I find it very easy to go to [RayfordSteele]'s
first annotation on this idea. He explain things a very
easy to follow fashion. If you follow his steps and still
find it impossible to read then simply burn the book and
say you can't afford a book. Your teacher will likely give
you pity over your hardship and find you a book from
someone who will be able to explain the section to you
without actually having to read the thing. If you don't
like people or talking to them, then your next step
would be to stop burning the book and contact a tutor
who would be willing to do a
coorespondence over telephone or email. At this point
you will probably choose email because you hate people
and that includes their voice, so you will want to have
an online computer at home. If you don't have an online
computer at home then you will have to set one up. To
do this, you must contact another source.
||When I thought of this idea too I called it "life
mechanic" or "life strategy". Not the vanguard