Monthly Archives: May 2010

a large previously long-haired wild or domesticated ox

yak shaving
[MIT AI Lab, after 2000: orig. probably from a Ren & Stimpy episode.] Any seemingly pointless activity which is actually necessary to solve a problem which solves a problem which, several levels of recursion later, solves the real problem you’re working on. (via

Pointless, “devoid of meaning or effectiveness“. Seemingly, “outwardly or superficially evident but not true or real“.

This blog is going to be where I’ll share the many yaks I’ve shaved, am currently shaving, am preparing to shave, and intend on shaving. Watch out, yaks.

Until my first real post, you can read a little bit about me.