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A Book's Life
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Newbiespud 10th Nov 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Sometimes, an image reminds you that you've kinda opened up a weird existential rabbit hole that you have to dive into real quick...

The Desert Bus for Hope live marathon is rolling, and that's pretty much what I'm gonna have in the background all week.

27 Comments:

Makyura 10th Nov 2018, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
I forgot how much of a surprise it was that the elements were there all along

Good Job making us feel the whole episode again as it was the first time
Hankroyd 10th Nov 2018, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
Good! They got the McGuffins and Rainbow Dash is here!
Nothing wrong can happen now!
...
Right?
Discord 10th Nov 2018, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
You know I happen to go by another name.
I think you him, called Murphy.
Draxynnic 10th Nov 2018, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
That's... actually a misconception. Murphy was less about the "things will go wrong" and more about the "if you make it so that things cannot POSSIBLY go wrong, they won't." There are a lot of practical applications to Murphy's Law.
Chaosbrain 10th Nov 2018, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
I still remember the original story. Basically the military was testing rapid acceleration on s human body and so a man was strapped into a rocket chair hooked up with sensors and sent off. The experiment was of course very dangerous and the man even blacked out, but he survived with no ill effects.

Then when they looked at the data everything read “zero.” It turns out the connections on the sensors could be inserted two ways, a right way or a wrong way. They were put in the wrong way so no data was retrieved. Murphy pointed out thst if the connectors had been designed such that they could only be put in the correct way then that would not have happened.
Needling Haystacks 10th Nov 2018, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
Chaosbrain:

I'm a John Stapp fan and I didn't know that! Stapp was often the man in the chair (although not on this particular run: they were still using chimps at that point): an Air Force colonel and biophysicist who decided he could best understand the effects of acceleration on the human body by experiencing it himself. He volunteered more than anyone else, despite being one of the guys reponsible for reading the results.

According to Wiki, Murphy had been offered a chance to double-check the installation and declined. The rest of the team was not thrilled when he made the law rather than owning up. (The law predates that but the incident was reported widely enough that Murphy got the credit).
Digo Dragon 10th Nov 2018, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I use a different name, but the site censor is watching. ;)
Lethologica 10th Nov 2018, 8:51 AM edit delete reply