Curiosity Over Pride
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Friday, June 19, 2009
Example 1- "It's not me trying to control things, it's a safety issue."
"It's not me trying to control things, it's a safety issue."
I had to smile as Mrs. Thai angrily shouted this at me this morning. I had just been thinking about what my first example should be for all this mumbo jumbo when she handed it to me on a silver platter.
We were having one of our typical arguments over whether I should use a long piece of climber's rope as a leash to walk our dog Sasha (her photo is included above). I like the rope because it is long and therefore lets Sasha run further and faster before I must pull her back. Sasha loves to run fast, and I mean fast.
But Sasha is a rather particular dog. While great with people- she will let any strange 3 year old child pull her tail hard and simply lick the child's face- Sasha also loves to fight with other dogs. Further Sasha has this almost uncontrollable Tic when it comes to cars, trucks, lawnmowers and vacuums. She is absolutely convinced they are part of an evil creation bent on spoiling the world; they require attacking at all cost.
And we do live in a high density semi-urban environment were cars and trucks are part of the obstacles of the daily walks. Mrs. Thai is convinced Mr. Thai will let his rather spacey attention down for a moment and not so little Sasha will get crushed by a truck.
Mrs. Thai has a point so I usually surrender and use the shorter leash.
So my platonic series of questions to everyone is as follows:
"What is the closed system I have identified here?" or "What is the information structure?"
"Having identified this structure, can you share examples of where a conservation of energy exerts itself for this system?"
We will we continue the platonic dialogue in the comment section.