One of the great things about geeks is the way they (or, I admit, “we”) submit apparently mundane events and actions to exhaustive levels of analysis. There seems to be a mini-tradition of trying to make domestic tasks as regular and efficient as possible:
The Current Item and the Queued Item are both washed. This involves completing a series of acts. The item has not been cleaned unless all of these acts have been completed. Some acts may be performed on a Queued Item, some acts may be performed on the Current Item, some may be performed on both. Acts vary according to the item. Acts should follow the order in which they are listed.
- A couple of years ago Matt Webb came up with A Roast Dinner HOWTO, instructions for a traditional English (British?) Sunday lunch mimicking the form of technical instructions, or HOWTOs (although its language is friendly and non-technical).
Each time you vacuum, you are bringing the state of the house to the same level of cleanliness, so regardless of whether or not you vacuum every hour or every month, after any particular vacuuming session your house is equally clean. It then becomes a matter of determining the threshold of dirtiness that triggers a vacuuming.
There must be more examples of this kind of thing…?