I’m going to have to do that with my cords one day. It gets ridiculous sometimes… would’ve never thunk of doing that, though. :O
For the engineers among us who understand that the obvious is not always the solution, and that the facts, no matter how implausible, are still the facts …
A complaint was received by the Pontiac Division of General Motors:
“This is the second time I have written you, and I don’t blame you for not answering me, because I kind of sounded crazy, but it is a fact that we have a tradition in our family of ice cream for dessert after dinner each night. But the kind of ice cream varies so, every night, after we’ve eaten, the whole family votes on which kind of ice cream we should have and I drive down to the store to get it. It’s also a fact that I recently purchased a new Pontiac and since then my trips to the store have created a problem. You see, every time I buy vanilla ice cream, when I start back from the store my car won’t start. If I get any other kind of ice cream, the car starts just fine. I want you to know I’m serious about this question, no matter how silly it sounds: ‘What is there about a Pontiac that makes it not start when I get vanilla ice cream, and easy to start whenever I get any other kind?‘”
The Pontiac President was understandably skeptical about the letter, but sent an engineer to check it out anyway. The latter was surprised to be greeted by a successful, obviously well-educated man in a fine neighborhood. He had arranged to meet the man just after dinner time, so the two hopped into the car and drove to the ice cream store. It was vanilla ice cream that night and, sure enough, after they came back to the car, it wouldn’t start.
The engineer returned for three more nights. The first night, the man got chocolate. The car started. The second night, he got strawberry. The car started. The third night he ordered vanilla. The car failed to start.
Now the engineer, being a logical man, refused to believe that this man’s car was allergic to vanilla ice cream. He arranged, therefore, to continue his visits for as long as it took to solve the problem. And toward this end he began to take notes: he jotted down all sorts of data, time of day, type of gas used, time to drive back and forth, etc.
In a short time, he had a clue: the man took less time to buy vanilla than any other flavour. Why? The answer was in the layout of the store.
Vanilla, being the most popular flavour, was in a separate case at the front of the store for quick pickup. All the other flavours were kept in the back of the store at a different counter where it took considerably longer to find the flavour and get checked out.
Now the question for the engineer was why the car wouldn’t start when it took less time. Once time became the problem — not the vanilla ice cream — the engineer quickly came up with the answer: vapour lock. It was happening every night, but the extra time taken to get the other flavours allowed the engine to cool down sufficiently to start. When the man got vanilla, the engine was still too hot for the vapour lock to dissipate.
Moral of the story: even insane-looking problems are sometimes real.
A guitar pick used by Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) was carried to Mars aboard NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover “Spirit.”
It’s all cause and effect baby. People mistaken karma as being some godly force that judges you as you go along, and eventually comes back like a frisbee that is caught by someone else and thrown back to hit you in the back of the head. It’s not. With every action, there is an immediate effect.. just… sometimes that effect is a bit delayed. 😉 Treat others how you want to be treated if you want good things to come your way.
Shirley Manson is best known for her work in the (incredible) band Garbage, who she took a hiatus from for awhile to do her own solo thing. I can’t say that I know much about her, but from this recent interview, she seems like a very good role model. She’s experienced her own set of trauma of bullying through-out school which led her to associate with the rebel crowd, and led her to do fairly terrible things. Besides that, she’s worked to where she is now, and she’s a beautiful, balanced female. Woot.
Here’s part of her interview with Elle magazine:
“On the music bug: “I went to Coachella and for the first time I thought ‘OK I’m ready to do this again’, I got that burn-y feeling.”
On her recent tragedies: “When Mum became ill with dementia, it knocked the stuffing out of me. I didn’t want to make music anymore, didn’t feel creative, I could barely function.” […] “Friends of mine lost their six-year old son to cancer last year and asked me to sing Life on Mars, at the memorial. We were all in so much pain but it meant so much to them that I could sing that song and so much to me that I was able to do something. It made me realize how music sustains people. I don’t know why I turned my back on it.”
On her future plans: “There is talk about doing my own record, reforming with Garbage and a short film too. Whether it’ll all come off, I don;t know. I’ve learnt in life that I need to take it one day at a time.”
On her body issues: “I used to get upset that I wasn’t pretty enough and I didn’t enjoy photo shoots. But when I watched myself on TV, I saw myself in a normal light and I’d aged. It came as a relief that I could accept who I was and where I was.”
On fear of aging: “I think that comes from fear of not having chances, not being able to live the life you want. But I believe if you’re an interesting person your life is not going to shrink. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’m comfortable with getting older, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to be told that my life is over because I’m supposedly over the hill.”
On her latest music discoveries: “I’m crazy about Them Crooked Vultures, absolutely nuts about that record. I love the new Spinnerette record and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I’m crazy about Karen O. She’s one of the few women who’s come up in my generation who has genuinely thrilled me.””