Any apparently useless activity which, by allowing you to overcome intermediate difficulties, allows you to solve a larger problem.
The actually useless activity you do that appears important when you are consciously or unconsciously procrastinating about a larger problem.
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[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.
The numerical value of yak shaving in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of yak shaving in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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