My fetish for symmetry and rounding

November 11, 2009
1 min read

Was warming my cheese and tomato on toast with chilli today and the “5” didn’t work on the microwave. So I couldn’t warm my food for the usual 25 seconds. 20 and it wont melt it, 30 and the cheese drains through the bread. This is a perfect little balance I have going here.

Then I realized that it didn’t cross my mind to make it 24, or 26. Why? Cause it’s out of the question!

I will admit that numbers have to be symmetrical, and whole. If a fellow watcher of TV adjusts the volume to kinda what sounds loud enough, but its not on 20, 25, 30 or 35, I either have to leave the room cause I cant watch TV with such unbalance, or adjust the setting myself.

I dunno – do you all have some odd little quirk like this? Do you also set the Aircon to 0, 2 or 4 only, because that is where the knob is symmetrically placed? Temperature, of course, only at 18, 20, or 22. Nothing “somewherealongthescale!”

Maybe its just me. Or maybe I’ve been designing for too long.  Or I’m cooked. Are you?

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