I have a love/hate relationship with some aspects of research. I actually love knowing many totally useless facts and could probably publish a tome on the topic. Right now I am doing some fact-checking for my new show. I find myself trying to find anything else to distract my poor, tired brain. (Something like blogging?)
The devil is in the details.
The term “the devil is in the details” has a number of different meanings that can be boiled down to the fact that it is often the small details of something which make it difficult or challenging. These details can prolong a task (ahem, really?).
I am working on Flora and Fauna Phenological Charts for all the animals/plants in our newest show, Little by Little. Pheno-what? In layman’s terms, I am working on timing charts for all the plants and animals to make sure that I do not have nocturnal animals who hibernate gallivanting about in the snow during a scene. In doing this, I vacillate between total boredom and utter amazement. Yes, filling in all of these boxes on the chart is an exercise in tedium, but then I come across some arcane tidbit of knowledge about the natural world that leaves me breathless…
Woodpeckers can drum up to 20 pecks per second! Slugs have four noses, none of which are visible. Duck quacks do not echo (and we don’t really know why that is). Polar bears are left-handed (I wouldn’t want to have been the one to verify that!). Hummingbird eggs are the size of peas — can you imagine a tiny, winged creature emerging from an egg that small?
The devil is in the details — but so are many barely visible miracles. So, yes, I am a bit bored. And I am also in awe.