(slightly obsessive) tidiness

I just finished writing the first draft of a paper. It is a followup to an ICER paper on ‘Graduating Students’ Designs’ that I have mentioned here before . I’ve really enjoyed being the person from my research group who got to do this this time and I’ve been pretty obsessed – to the extent of formatting the paper in the right style for the conference it’ll probably be sent to – even though that is ridiculously premature – just so that I can see how long it will be.

That sort of obsessive need to tidy up a paper or a program is one of the things that I think computer scientists often have. It’s what keeps you working on something late at night to get an assignment really polished – rather than handing in something that ‘just works’.

We should celebrate it because when you are in the right mood it is fun!