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I have maybe five ideas for decent projects, and I work on two. Why should I bother starting with a huge list and whittling it down?

Maybe you shouldn't. The post is a description of one person's method and should not be taken as prescriptive.

Because you don't know beforehand what projects will keep your attention and what will make you bored.

Or maybe you know. If so, you are better not following his advice.

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