One-Liner Wednesday – Perfection

dscn7983I guess I should put the explanation up front, lest I get in trouble with the folks who don’t like it when I make them look stuff up. So, in case you aren’t aware. R.O.I. stands for return on investment and it’s a typical, albeit often meaningless (in my opinion), measure of the value of a purchase/project. That said, in this case, I happen to like the expression. Next week’s one-liner will be “when you need 73 words to explain your one-line Wednesday post, please reconsider.”

I heard this recently while attending a seminar. We were discussing a planned effort to make an information system an even more satisfying experience for the people who use it, when a friend said:

The ROI of perfection is very low.”

I liked the expression the minute I heard it. I’ve often repeated a similar bit of advice to the designers and programmers working for me:

Perfect is the enemy of good enough.”

But, I think the ROI version is more “professional” and, unfortunately, including a buzz-word often helps get peoples’ attention.

The reason I picked this expression for today, has to do with the photos I tried to take this past weekend. First off, I think the photos I envisioned were better than the ones that were possible. Second, Maddie. I took these while walking Maddie, and I tried the “get closer to your subject” approach, but kneeling seems to mean “I want to play with you” in dog. Third, I’m still trying to figure out the Close-up mode on this camera, which seems to lie somewhere between normal photo and macro.

Unlike my first attempt, I kinda like the photos in the Gallery:

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. Some day, I’ll have one that is closer to one line

About Dan Antion

Husband, father, woodworker, cyclist, photographer, geek - oh wait, I’m writing this like I only have 140 characters. I am all those things, and more, and all of these passions present me with opportunities to observe, and think about things that I can’t write about in other places. I have started this blog to catch the stuff that falls out, overflows and just plain doesn’t fit the other containers in my life.
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63 Responses to One-Liner Wednesday – Perfection

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  2. loisajay says:

    I think these turned out great,Dan. I am a fan of sparkly so the sun shining on the ice is beautiful. And Maddie…she is gorgeous.

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  3. GP Cox says:

    I really like the brown leaf frozen on the blue crystallized effects of ice – but then again Maddie sure looks like she found something of interest hidden beneath the snow.

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  4. The ice photos were nice, but the Maddie photos were perfect. :-) We spent several ‘long’ hours yesterday inching across your home state of CT. It was like one giant parking lot that periodically moved at 5-25 mph. Wow – never seen such congested roads. I salute your efforts to get to and from work every day.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks Judy. And, on behalf of my adopted state, I’m sorry for your trouble. This is why I get to work an hour before my starting time. Maddie has turned into quite the photobomb expert. I think she reads these comments.

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  5. quiall says:

    I think the pictures are great. And I agree with Maddie: I like the sounds you can make in the snow. (Just in case . . . HI MADDIE!)

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  6. bikerchick57 says:

    Very nice photos, Dan. If you were a co-worker, I would tell you, “Good enough for government work.” It’s what I tell myself when I try to live in Perfect Land.

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  7. The leaf photos are very artistic, Dan. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Hugs.

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  8. cwaugh212 says:

    There is no substitute for going out there and experimenting with new equipment. You got some beautiful shots. dscn7984 is exquisite.

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  9. Almost Iowa says:

    “The ROI of perfection is very low.”

    Except when it comes to building aircraft and brakes.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I was going to suggest that when our President-elect questioned the cost of Air Force One. I would think that would be a spare-no-expense project. My understanding is that when that puppy flies overseas, we fly in our own fuel for the return trip.

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  10. Don says:

    Love the images Dan.

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  11. marianallen says:

    Dan, these are great! If they aren’t perfect, I don’t know what is. I love it that Maddie likes the sound she makes when she crunches through the ice. :)

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  12. I love the light and shadows, colors and textures in the leaf images.

    I can’t believe Maddie’s paws don’t get too cold.

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  13. Can’t imagine trying to cross ice with Maddie in tow (or the other way around) Enjoyed the post.

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  14. Val Boyko says:

    I love these perspectives Dan. The photos are great. You are lucky that Maddie stayed still long enough for you to get them!

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  15. I like the shots, too, Dan, and heartily agree with the sentiments expressed in your article. :-) I have to be careful, though, as I tend towards trying to be a perfectionist.

    janet

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks Janet. Striving for perfection is a good thing. It can be dangerous in my line of work, because you can always make a system better, but it doesn’t do anyone any good while it’s still a work in progress.

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  16. In marketing – my pre-retirement career – ROI was a big deal. Now that I’m retired, I’m much more interested in the pictures of leaves and, of course, Maddie.

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  17. joey says:

    Detail ice leaf is perfection. (Sorry, but it is.) I usta lean harder toward perfect, and now I find I only seek it in despair, which reminds me I was often in despair and so good enough is perfect. And sane.
    Maddie is soooo pretty! I can’t walk on ice with Sadie, either, though, so I get it. She, too, likes to lick the water that splashes out when she romps :)

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Maybe Sadie and Maddie understand perfection better than we do. Maybe it’s the water beneath the ice :)

      Thanks for the comment. I do like these photos and I am trying to learn how to use this camera, better. Maddie was having a hard time walking in the parking lot. I was looking for the fastest way off the ice.

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  18. dweezer19 says:

    Awesome shots Dan. I love the ons with Maddie in them. The color of her coat is such a lovely contrast against the pure white snow!

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  19. LindaGHill says:

    I think your photos turned out well, despite the playful Maddie. But you coulda put a spoiler alert in for next week’s One-Liner Wednesday! Sheesh. ;)

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  20. Glynis Jolly says:

    It’s dangerous out there. Be careful!

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  21. C.E.Robinson says:

    Dan, great photos! I like the leaf freeze/ thaw color detail! Well, any photo with Maddie in it is a favorite too! Happy New Year! 🎆 Christine

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  22. prior.. says:

    I have never seen icy photos of leaves like this and the one maddie let u get without the photobomb was a too one. I also like the “across the ice” – but really enjoyed this brisk photographer’s walk….

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  23. Great post and great images.

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  24. reocochran says:

    Leaves with frost or shimmery ice are beautiful, as is the lovely Maddie. :) She would keep me amused and entertained, as well as the grandies!

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Hmmm, “entertained,” yes, that’s one way of putting it. Although we also use frustrated and a few other words. She’s a sweet girl, but she can be a handful at times. She is pretty patient with me as I try to get photos while we walk. I’m glad you like these.

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