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{ Monthly Archives } June 2008

Nice Pair

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Most Hopeful Post of the Day

The question is, is it mainstream behavior for women to have threesomes? If so, how did that become the norm?

They should be ashamed of themselves

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The Cat Herding Principle

It’s legendary how difficult it can be to herd cats. I have observed, however, that it can be possible to convince a bunch of cats to chase the same mouse. (Update: “Chase”, dammit. How many times did I read that over and not see the typo until now?)

Determination

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Administrivia

Yes, more LOLcats. Sorry, more real content within a day or two. more cat pictures

Not So Stupid

If you see something stupid, always ask “Is this really stupid? What would make this the smartest possible choice under the circumstances? How is this the most rewarding option of all?” Many times you’ll find that stupid people are smarter than you think.

Carl’s Corollary

Consider two of the axiomatic observations of the General Theory of Idiocy: The SNAFU Principle: “In any social hierarchy, the noise added to a communication between individuals in that hierarchy is directly proportional to the distance between them, and the factor of proportionality will be proportional to the perceived risk to them.” The Multivariate Peter […]

The Multivariate Peter Principle

Most people have heard of the original Peter Principle: “In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” Still, it’s been a long time since Peter’s book, so let’s just recall what he said. Consider any hierarchical system with people in it. Someone starts, say, in the mail room; as an […]

The “Pays Peter” Principle

A corollary to the Law of Rewards: If a system (or people in a system) are doing something stupid and doing it consistently, it’s not stupid. Whatever it is, it’s what the system rewards them for doing.