It takes nature 3000 years to form solid granite, but I do it in a day just like there is nothing to it. That’s what I am thinking while using my chisel to break apart pizza I just baked. How did I go wrong? 5 simple ingredients, but I still managed to screw it up.

I thought I did everything right. Let dough rise for 24 hours. Punch it down, let it rise again. Bake it on stone on 500. It looked great… But I might as well eat that baking stone. There was no difference between it and my pizza. Even my dog didn’t want to come near it.

And this brings me neatly into why simple things are deceptively simple. Dealing with simple things is like dealing with used car dealers. On the face of it you’ve got great deal on car grandma used to drive once a week to church, but what you actually got is drag racing car driven 100,000 miles by substance abusing drunken teenager and then rolled back to 7,000 miles…

In simple things every single detail matters much, much more. Every single ratio, every single interaction is that much more important. And that is what makes them deceptively simple. Appearances lower your guard and you stop paying attention to every little detail. You rush through it, when you should be taking it slowly. You stop paying attention to what you are actually doing. How hard could it be, right?

It’s like with my pizza dough, I did one little thing wrong without even thinking about it. Or, like making that easy, simple code change that brings down production at plant in China. Or why you can’t buy good bread on every single corner.

Whenever something appears simple be on lookout. Pay attention to details. Pay attention to every single interaction. That is what is required to do simple things right.

And simple things take longer to do too. Friend of mine posted Tweet quote couple of days ago from Mark Twain that says:

“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”

Works well for applications too:

“I didn’t have time to write simple application so I wrote complex one instead”…

So what went wrong with my pizza dough? Once I started stretching it into final shape, I did not have enough dough to stretch it to size I wanted by hand. I had brilliant idea to use rolling pin to help me out. It helped… It also knocked out all air bubbles, compressed the dough and made it rock hard…

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