Monday, February 20, 2017

Can someone hand me a rope?

A telephone conversation…
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Kermit: Hello. (rising intonation)
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Sam: Hello. (falling intonation)
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Kermit: Something wrong? You OK?
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Sam: I’m depressed.
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Kermit: What’s up?
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Sam: Rain, Grey sky. No coffee. Honey pot’s empty.
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Kermit: Come over here. I can lift your spirits.
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Sam: Can’t move. I’m depressed.
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Kermit: I can counsel you on the phone. But it’ll cost you.
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Sam: Money’s all gone.
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Kermit: You can pay it back in your will.
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Sam: Won’t be any will. Entire estate will be used up to pay fines for overdue library books.
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Voice-over
Country's going to the dogs.
Is Sam the American Eagle’s depression connected with the current state of the U.S. politics?
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Sam was always appalled by the nonsense that passes for entertainment. I wouldn’t doubt that Sam is also appalled about the shenanigans that passes for American politics these days.
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I heard Sam say in one episode, in a deeper than usual depressive tone, “Can someone hand me a rope?” But google doesn’t seem to suggest a link to that episode. Anyone know of it?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Troll bones found in Norsewood

Ready for a new assignment…
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Woodward: Things are getting exciting. Today he rambled incoherently, then shouted at everyone they weren’t giving him a fair hearing and burst into tears.
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Bernstein: Sounds like a story I could report on.
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Woodward: Get yourself up here. There’s more than just giving speeches nobody understands. He’s giving orders for the police to arrest mayors and judges who won’t do what he orders.
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Bernstein: This sounds more exciting than reporting from Norsewood. Hey, did I tell you they just found evidence for the existence of trolls? Troll bones have been excavated.
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Woodward: You’ll get more readers if you cover the news up here.
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Voice-over
Incoherency? Anger? Tears? An approval rating that suggest still a third of the people approve of him? Maybe they identify with incoherency and anger and tears…

Choose your stories. Know what people will read. What’s hot, what’s not. But sometimes a little light relief is good too, eh Trevor?
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Gaudi vs Le Corbusier

When Antoni met Charles-Édouard…
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Gaudi: There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature.
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Le Corbusier: A house is a machine for living in. Form follows function. The quickest way from A to B is a straight line. A machine has straight lines.
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Gaudi: It may look like a straight line but there are many corners on the roads to Rome.
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Le Corbusier: Putting it another way, does not this post hold up the wisteria?
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Gaudi: Which is more beautiful: the post or the wisteria?
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Voice-over

There may be no definitive answer here but you might conclude that Gaudi is the wisteria and Le Corbusier was the post?
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Black swans as unknown unknowns in the matrix

After designing the Johari window, a business in matrixing evolves…
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Joe: We’re on to something with these matrix ideas. Remember Eisenhower asked us to fix him up with one for prioritization?
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Harry: And Rumsfeld just called. He wants to clarify combinations between known and unknown variables.
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Joe: Easy. Known-knowns like increases in world population. Known-unknowns like the earthquakes. Unknown-knowns like revolutions. And Unknown-unknowns.

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Harry: How can you know what unknown-unknowns are?
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Joe: They’re the black swans coming out of nowhere. The good like the internet. The bad like 9/11.
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Voice-over

Prime matrices: four, nine, sixteen boxes and so on. But the neatest and easiest to grasp are the fours.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cupcake White Rabbit





Who’ll buy my cupcakes?

Who’ll buy? 
Who’ll buy?







WHITE RABBIT
WHITE RABBIT
WHITE RABBIT

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The unfunniness of anti-Trump memes

Watching the airport chaos unfold…
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Bill: After the chaos affecting certain people at certain US airports and beyond, I was looking for a smart anti-Trump meme. But I gave up.
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George: You gave up?
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Bill: Googling "anti-Trump memes" throws up an unmanageable number. Hundreds. And they're not funny. Because they are almost all so true. The only usable subtle one I found was about education.
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George: And this is only his first week in office. Fortunately, many journalists have become a de facto opposition party and reporting on and questioning his policies.
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Bill: Keep looking for ways to counter this insanity at the top. Marches. Social media. Legal suits. It’s going to be a drawn-out battle.
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Voice-over

This floundering administration with its malevolent incompetent leader could push its critics, which include more than half the public, Democrats, disaffected Republicans and journalists, to firm up their strategies.
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Johari Window

How to name a matrix...
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Johari Window
Joe: In the first box we put what we know and what others know about us. It’s public.
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Harry: OK. And then we have things we know about ourselves but keep hidden. Private.
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Joe: And then we have things we don’t perceive in ourselves but others see in us. Our blind spot.
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Harry: And then that big four-fifths of subconscious. We don’t know it and neither do others.
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Joe: It’s a matrix. What to call it?
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Harry: You, Joe. Me Harry. Johari.
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Voice-over

Now known as the Johari Window. Sounds vaguely Indian or Middle Eastern, only it's not.
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