Nice morning out. Not as humid as yesterday – exhalation not visible. But it’s the back side of week out so a bit of cleansing is in order.
First, I ran across this cartoon [Link]
the other day and was taken with its accuracy. There are some mistakes that are too much fun to only make once. Of course if one repeats them – consciously – they aren’t mistakes any more, just destructive behavior. But that’s the nature of humans. We’re destructive. Which is probably why we won’t do anything about climate change until it’s too late and we end up extinguished in a hundred years or so.
That, of course, is the subject of this cartoon [Link]
that I ran across about the same time. I have to admit that I don’t read this particular cartoon much; its humor isn’t there for me. I suspect that comes of having spent half of my career as a supervisor/manager/executive and finding the presentation here rather inadequate.
And the problem is that what is depicted isn’t an argument. Arguments involve fisticuffs. This was a one-sided shouting match. There are a lot of those in offices. That’s why such offices aren’t very productive. They don’t know how to resolve differences.
But I do have to agree on one thing. If it isn’t a survival matter, winning isn’t very meaningful. Which leads to the next bit.
I ran across this article [Link] on a service I just subscribed to and it is a doozie. It’s an article about Southron college students avoiding their college’s football games because the connectivity in the stadium is so bad.
I have to admit to being a bit conflicted by the article. On one hand, I rather agree with the author that one goes to a football game to see the game. Yah. How simplistic can you get. You go to a football game to be seen and demonstrate you are an important member of humanity. Otherwise you’d just sit at home and watch the electromagnetic audio-visual receiver. Watching football isn’t about football. If it were, then no one would attend but instead they’d all play pick-up games in vacant lots.
And that’s where I diverge from the author. Attending football games, or watching them on the receiver, is emo crap. Maybe bog crap too although I know geeks, and a few nerds, who do so religiously. It’s their addiction, I suppose. So when I read that college students, who attend Southron colleges where football is a featherbed, skipping games for whatever reason, then I have to wonder if this is evidence that humans are still rational and not just mind rotted pond slime.
Sadly, after consideration, I suspect not. If football attendance is a social thing, and social networking is social, all this says is that football is less relevant to those who socialize thus, especially bogs who are appliancing, than social networking. If so, the interesting question is how will the colleges survive? Football pays for more than the state and the tuition income at many colleges. So when attendance sags, will all the rest of the money making sag as well? I suspect not. All that will happen will be that the wireless connectivity at stadiums will improve.
But it is nice to think that all those double-talking coaches will be back to cleaning septic tanks in a few years. Even if it is a dream. Just like that the only sports that make any sense are the ones we play ourselves. Watching someone else play sports is as bad as watching other people reproduce.