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Witticism and Sturgeon's Law [Jul. 5th, 2006|10:27 am]

While hanging out at the barbecue last night, I managed to get some humorous mileage out of Sturgeon's Law ("90% of everything is crap").

Chris: I'm not sure I buy that. How does that work with the fact that 75% of my body is water? Aren't I made mostly of water, not crap?

Me: It just means that 90% of the water in your body is shoddily-built, poorly-designed, sub-standard crap! It's lousy water that's overpriced and doesn't work very well!


Me: And 90%, that's a hard number. It's exact. It's exactly 90% of everything.

Neal: Right! And if you get a number that's not 90%, that means you've either included too much or not enough, and you have to adjust.

Me: No! It means that your arithmetic is crap, too!

[User Picture]From: k8cre8
2006-07-05 06:01 pm (UTC)
Clearly, because 90% of math is crap, whether it's Neal's calculation or not.
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[User Picture]From: boat_of_car
2006-07-05 08:40 pm (UTC)

Neal's Arithmetic...

[[edited for television]]

Well, I've split checks with Neal, so I can tell you [how good his math is].

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[User Picture]From: boat_of_car
2006-07-05 08:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Neal's Arithmetic...

I'm pretty sure I meant that to be a joke...but it didn't quite turn out. maybe the delivery.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2006-07-05 06:35 pm (UTC)
Crap came up at our BBQ to when I suggested that the ampersand symbol (&) actually stood for crap, as in the title of the company I work for, among other things.
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[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2006-07-05 08:10 pm (UTC)
That ranks right up there with adding "in bed" to fortune cookies. I approve. :)
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2006-07-05 08:28 pm (UTC)
It certainly makes launching background processes more cathartic.
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[User Picture]From: boat_of_car
2006-07-05 08:37 pm (UTC)

oh me me me

Can I just say:
ah,well, ya know, I've read Sturgeon, and most of it is Crap...

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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2006-07-06 06:57 am (UTC)
Maybe he's made of watery crap.
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