.................with apologies to Alistair Cook

Friday, 30 May 2008

Two excellent quotes...

...with thanks to the estimable Mr David Morton of CIX and other parishes, the following two quotes, courtesy here made me smile:

fractal wrongness

The state of being wrong at every conceivable scale of resolution. That is, from a distance, a fractally wrong person's worldview is incorrect; and furthermore, if you zoom in on any small part of that person's worldview, that part is just as wrong as the whole worldview.

Debating with a person who is fractally wrong leads to infinite regress, as every refutation you make of that person's opinions will lead to a rejoinder, full of half-truths, leaps of logic, and outright lies, that requires just as much refutation to debunk as the first one. It is as impossible to convince a fractally wrong person of anything as it is to walk around the edge of the Mandelbrot set in finite time.

If you ever get embroiled in a discussion with a fractally wrong person on the Internet--in mailing lists, newsgroups, or website forums--your best bet is to say your piece once and ignore any replies, thus saving yourself time.

and

solution

Synonym for "thingie". Most commonly used by technology consultants who wish to convey their inflated sense of self-importance in the world.

Example:

"We provide total solutions for enterprise computing."
Translation:

"We have thingies that we want to sell you which are actually no better than other thingies that you can get for free."