Wiktionary defines it as: "The condition of being unable to make a decision due to the availability of too much information which must be processed in order for the decision to be made.”
I learned the phrase from artist and blogger Decor8. She applies it to creative and entrepreneurial projects:
...too much information!!! You can’t make progress because you are brainstorming, researching, talking about, fine tuning, studying, and forum posting the life out of your idea. In the end you don’t do it. Sound familiar? Perhaps it’s a cop out, a cover, a mask because the more you are learning you can justify to yourself (and your friends) why you haven’t actually done it yet. Hmmm.
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Later she says "I have this crazy expression that I use when I’m deep frying the life out of an idea. Stop drop and roll with it." She gives some tips on how to do this in her post. I love that "deep frying the life out of an idea". I've been known to do that (witness my empty Etsy shop).
Some good news: mountain top removal permits may be revoked!
After eight long years of rubber-stamp permits during the Bush Administration, the EPA announced Friday that all 79 mountaintop removal permits submitted by the Army Corps of Engineers would likely violate the Clean Water Act. The Sierra Club is asking people to thank the epa online.
The Army Corps now has 60 days to revise the permits and address the EPA's concerns.
"In our view, a sound reading of the science will determine that these permits should not be issued. We just cannot engineer our way out of problems like heavy metal pollution downstream and the inability to restore healthy function to streams once they have been buried under millions of tons of rubble."