twin brother of efficiency is elegance

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Slow is smooth and smooth is fast

I’ve been thinking about elegance in various contexts

In bouldering- The less effort you expend, and the more precise you are with movement and balance, paradoxically the more effective you are.

When playing the guitar: you want to minimise the distance your fingers come off the fretboard. Minimise the travel time. Elegance leading to efficiency.

When writing to convey a point, you want to do it as succinctly as possible. Good writing is hard.

With programming, beautiful code is legible and concise. It’s short and abstracted well.

In gymnastics and Bodyweight movements, you want to prioritise form. Point the toes. Brace. All these appear elegant, but have the side effect of being efficient.

The twin brother of efficiency is elegance


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