Re: All hail Neo!

From: Gene Wirchenko <>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 11:00:39 -0700
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On Fri, 28 Apr 2006 01:17:31 GMT, Frank Hamersley <> wrote:

>Gene Wirchenko wrote:
>> On Fri, 28 Apr 2006 00:05:48 GMT, Frank Hamersley
>> <> wrote:
>> [snip]
>>> I feel where choice exists then taking the least cryptic approach is
>>> best and rely on skills to build the more complicated stuff (viz my
>>> comments on AVG).
>> "least cryptic" is also viewpoint-dependent. I have gotten very
>> suspicious of "Obviously, ...". I hope it is obvious why, but I will
>> not assume that it is.<BEG> No matter what you or I do, someone can
>> take it wrong.
>Sure - there are always ppl on the tails of the bell curve...thats why
>the tails exist!
>The game is to use the ES+C guidelines to establish a form of
>conventional wisdom that approaches unity even if you never actually get
>there. At the end of the day some of those who insist on remaining out
>in the cold can not be rescued - without impinging on their human rights
>at least.

     Their views may be as correct as yours. I remember a triva question. It ran something like:

     Which word does not belong: father, sister, aunt, cousin, nephew, mother?

     The answer with reason given was "cousin" because it does not specify sex.

     I came up with two alternatives:

  1. "cousin" because in many jurisdictions, one can marry a cousin, but that is not true (that I know of) for any of the other relationships.
  2. "aunt" because it is the only word of the six that does not have six letters and two syllables.

     My second one is particularly appropriate if the question is about which word rather than which relationship.


Gene Wirchenko Received on Fri Apr 28 2006 - 20:00:39 CEST

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