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Nothing to say here.

In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added. In the practice of the Tao, every day something is dropped.

Tao te Ching

Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is far worse.

— African proverb

In General

LIM stands for Less Is More. Something is lim when it has the qualities of being elegant, effective, and essential. Someone who seeks what's lim is a limist — a moniker I came up with one day in March 2008.

In the areas I have useful experience, this site is partly about sharing observations, patterns, and solutions that are lim:

  • Elegant: Both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Effective: High returns on invested time, energy, and resources.
  • Essential: Worth doing, knowing, or using.

What's Your Story?

Ah, the concision of the English language can help provide a partial answer:

Being

Most of the time, curious or focused. I'm fortunate to know what flow is like on a frequent basis. My curiosity has continued from childhood despite years of formal schooling. Wise men taught me to doubt and question; fools and my own foolishness helped me learn how to listen.

Doing

I'm working on a "cleanweb" startup/venture. I also regularly study/practice the following: how to create better software; energy, clean or otherwise; world trends; the learning process; and writing.

Having

Three academic degrees, and that's enough for this lifetime: B.A. in physics from Cornell, Masters and Doctorate in engineering from UMass Amherst. Family and friends. Heroes, alive or absent. Experience, and consciousness to reflect on it. Good books. A good laptop, and software to build on the shoulders of giants. A pressure cooker. Dance shoes.

Contacting Me

Are you a fellow limist? Have a question? Or maybe your pony admonished you to drop a line? You can reach me at this domain name, with my name or first initial. Thanks!

— Kai