The Difference Between Motivation and Dedication

The biggest difference between motivation and dedication is ACTION. Motivation is the initiative to start a task. It includes a person’s reasons and desires for engaging in a particular behavior to achieve a goal. Dedication goes beyond a mere desire. It is a person’s commitment to following through with behaviors and actions that will lead to the accomplishment of that goal. In other words, motivation does not require action because it is purely an inner desire. Dedication, on the other hand, is both an internal wish as well as physical action and hard work.


Sometimes Motivation grows into Dedication. Sometimes not. Regardless:

Kudos to your valued motivations!

They momentarily obliterate the inertia keeping you from where you are to where you want to be by giving you a chance to come up for a breath of fresh air, perspective, inspiration, and plan for action.

Won? Persevere.

Lost? Persevere.

Keep at it.

Org mode: Table Data ⇒ Code ⇒ Results

Quick example of how to use table data in a source block with Bash:

#+name: data
| 1 |
| 2 |
| 3 |
| 4 |

#+name: code
#+begin_src sh :var arg=data :results output
printf "%s\n" "${arg[@]}"

#+RESULTS: code

Here is how the block expands using org-babel-expand-src-block:

unset arg
declare -a arg=( '1' '2' '3' '4' )
printf "%s\n" "${arg[@]}"

Is The SPFE Open Toolkit Worth Learning?

You know it is one thing to espouse the profundity of great ideas becaue talk is cheap. Its antoher thing entirely to write down what you think AND DELIVER A TOOLKIT FOR DOING IT!

Read about it here: SPFE Open Toolkit Documentation.

This is thoughtful and generous offering: a real gift.

Are DocBook and DITA Comparable?

Nailing down to the data model alone this article lays out the answers:

  • No they are not comparable because
  • DocBook lets you represent all things that you must tailor for your end goal
  • DITA lets you customize a lot of existing things, and new kinds of those things, and stay focused on the philosophy that guides it

It is a nice overview and breakdown.

Should Every Page is Page One (EPPO)?

See and read Every Page is Page One:

Every Page is Page One is an approach to information design and information architecture that recognizes that readers may enter a content set at any point, and so ensure that every page in the content set can function as page one for the reader.―Mark Baker

This is thoughtful and generous approach: a real gift.

For training and technical writing it seems obvious: Yes.

For other writing it probably doesn’t seem obvious. In fact the answer probably makes us somewhat queasy.

However for other writing the answer is: Probably Yes, more than we like to admit.

Has DITA Plateaued? Or Is It The Curse Of Success?

Has DITA Plateaued?

The question is more about adoption and job-listings. The article points out the fluctations and that makes sense. From that perspective though:

  • Does it mean the tech is stagnant?
  • Does it mean the tech is failing?

From an outsider perspective maybe, but from my research: DITA is thriving.

The problem is: The Curse Of Success

In the normie world when you “get it right” and it doesn’t need to change much then generally it is considered a success. For example the periodic table is somewhat controversial but overall it is a good system. Additionally recipes for classic food work because well, they don’t change much: they are classic. Are these horrible analogies? Maybe, but I think you get the point. For techies it is another story though.

For techies the measure technology of success typically quantified in either mass-recognition or job-postings. That is a fine way to measure it because it must be measured. However it is uninspiring: it doesn’t capture what the rest of the world would call success. Any more tech examples you ask? Certainly!

  • Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) progeny suffer the fate of success. For example OpenBSD’s design-stability is often ignored beyond mentioning that it is the source of OpenSSH.
  • When there aren’t code commits for a few months on Org2Blog questions arise of whether or not the project has died. Come on: really? There aren’t always new features to add or bugs to fix (or time and manpower to fix them.)
  • Thousands of tiny-projects suffer the same hilarity Org2Blog faces: success and stability generally alarm people.

DITA on the other hand, surely there are flaws, but overall my research says things are looking good despite The Curse Of Success.