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Friday, 03 August 2018

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How much did the little blighter charge you?

A fiver but I gave him a tenner, er, not because I'm generous but because I just know that I will require his services again!

I had a similar experience last week when the fold-down rear seat in my car jammed. I wrestled with it but to no avail so I drove into our local garage to book it in for a repair. However, the mechanic came out, fiddled around for about 3.8 nano-seconds and fixed it! He didn't ask for any money but I told him I would buy a pint for him at The Tippling Philosopher which I have done.

Why am I so incompetent? I don't know but it has taken years of practice!

I have a theory. We are not incompetent. BTW this theory is not mine, but I have embraced it. We are so damned intelligent and as we get older, our brains are just filled with all sorts - from the great philosophical thoughts to the amoebic trivia. When a dilemma arises we have to dig deep into the morass of the brain to find the solution we know. As we get older we can't be arsed mucking about, so we call in the 14 year old.
And I am not ashamed to admit it!

Spot on, dear Miss Red, as always!

David, Missred,
"Why am I so incompetent?" None of this is incompetence. What we-me too-are experiencing is wisdom. Just think of these young experts as 'staff' and it all makes sense!

Such sums do you both credit, DD.

If I had been in your position, I would have blustered and insisted that it was an intermittent fault which had just sorted itself before he got there!

"Young man, are you trying to tell me that I don't know how to adjust the erm, icon thingie that, erm, makes the sound... come and go? I must have strained the machine with all the high-level computing that I do!"

Crikey, 'W', with that spiel you would have made a terrific car salesman!

Remember!

Computers are DUMB!

They can only add and compare. If the programing is done right they can do a lot of these real fast and fool you into thinking the can subtract multiply divide and a bunch of other things.


David, I think your problem is you are not thinking as dumb as the computer. A good rule for problem solving is first ask "what is the dumbest thing I could have done?"


Remember!

Computers are DUMB!

They can only add and compare. If the programing is done right they can do a lot of these real fast and fool you into thinking the can subtract multiply divide and a bunch of other things.


David, I think your problem is you are not thinking as dumb as the computer. A good rule for problem solving is first ask "what is the dumbest thing I could have done?"


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