Where’s the grid? | Seth’s Blog

If you want to review the grocery list to see if you’ve forgotten anything, alphabetical order is a lousy way to do it.

Instead, organizing it by course and then by dish creates a grid and the missing elements will be obvious.

We default to time and ordinal ordering when we don’t bother to imagine a taxonomy that produces a useful grid. If you want to know what’s missing, spend some time on structuring a useful grid first.

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