My good friend Justin sent me this article insightful article titled “Incrementalists vs Completionists“. This seems to neatly highlight one of the ways that smart people can end up disagreeing about the next steps in a situation. I recognise a little of both traits in myself, and it also relates to the “Perfect is the enemy of the good” aphorism.
Boing Boing carried this story today about ridiculously long lines to get through security at Heathrow. Of course, this story is replicated anywhere in the world where there is a flight to the US. It occurred to me that the line to get through to security has now become a bigger target for a terrorist than what’s on the other side… and you don’t have to go through security to get there. As Alanis says… “Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think?”
Story on ABC News:Chinese County Massacres 50,000 Dogs
This is really sad. It’s one thing (not a nice one, but perhaps understandable) if it’s a humane culling – but this was a Casino style beating to death.
I should be surprised I suppose – if they can’t get their human rights in order; dogs aren’t going to be treated any better. Maybe they’ll sell the carcasses in WalMart.
It’s a huge bummer to learn that Floyd Landis having won the Tour de France, was actually on the juice. Living in San Francisco – our local baseball team is the Giants (appropriate perhaps) who harbor Barry Bonds – who holds some sort of amazing baseball record – perhaps around numbers of substances abused or something….
I do wonder exactly what it is like to be on the juice, however, and what one could expect in terms of feelings and performance.
This article describes a journalist’s own 8 month experience of getting some “help” with his performance and makes for truly fascinating reading. Makes me wonder if some of the lower-level treatments such as growth hormone and testosterone will become more commonplace in the future.
I know a couple of people in Beirut – this is their story. They have nothing to do with this conflict, and yet it puts them in a horrifying and scary situation.
Some people add crap like this to the end of their messages.
This email and any attachments thereto may contain private, confidential, and privileged material for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any review, copying, or distribution of this email (or any attachments thereto) by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender immediately and permanently delete the original and any copies of this email and any attachments thereto.
I think this should read as follows:
This email and any attachments thereto may contain private, confidential, and privileged material. Since I sent it to you I recognize fully that there is no way for me to prove beyond doubt in a court of law that I didn’t actually intend to send it to you since your address is in the To:, CC: or BCC: field. Any review, copying, or distribution of this email (or any attachments thereto) by others is not something which I relish, but I can do nothing about it. If you are not the intended recipient, I’d really appreciate it if you contacted me to let me know of my mistake (I am an idiot, clearly, since I … errr… add this crap to ALL my emails) and if you could not keep a copy of it, that would also make me happy. I also wish to apologize profusely for the fact that in the course of an email thread, I will keep adding, automatically, copies of this stupid legal bullshit to every response. Since I am clearly an argumentative type, which means you probably have about 400 copies of this before you’re going to get any kind of resolution, so I apologize for that too. I also apologize for being too stupid to put this crap on a website somewhere and just put the URL in my sig, or maybe just having something witty that might actually endear me to you instead of just further harrassing you.
I’m really sad that this teacher is under fire. In my opinion this is the kind of teaching that we need. You can bet money that anyone who’s taken this class is going to remember the material that was taught – and how to apply it in the real world – it simply doesn’t get better than that.