Saturday, April 11, 2009


One of my friends was having a bout of perfectionism lately. It reminded me of the best advice I ever heard on this topic.

Six or seven years ago, I was chatting with a friend from SIGGRAPH.

Me: [obsessively nitpicking over whatever I was working on]

Mark: "Why are you being so perfectionist?"

Me: "I want to make this perfect!"

Mark: "Michael Jackson wants to be perfect too, and look at him!"


John K. Lin said...

Ha ha ha... Michael Jackson is so screwed up! I hope you're not turning into a Michael Jackson...

mkisses said...

It's a really valid point.

Opilio said...

Reminds me of a hilarious Simpsons episode that made light of Howard Hughes' situation (paraphrased):

Smithers: "About those jars of urine, sir?"

(motions towards a closet filled with hundreds of used mason jars)

Burns: "No, we'll keep those for now..."

(holding a toy model of a sea plane)

Burns: "Now, get in the plane."

Smithers: "Um, sir, it's just a model..."

(levels a revolver at Smithers)

Burns: "I said, get in the plane."

Smithers: "Um, yes sir."

Gavin said...

Sayeth the Ze.

James said...

I was walking on the street in Park Slope, and a guy drove past on a motorcycle, speakers booming what I thought was a crazy remix of Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Something.” It was the “Mama se, mama sa, mama cu sa” chant, but in a deep bass voice over an afro-funk beat. I looked it up on the internet to figure out what it was, and it turned out not to be a remix at all.