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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-11-16 16:50
Subject: [child] More wisdom of the Child
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Tags:child, funny, personal

Sundry remarks by the_child in various contexts over the past few days:

“We work around time, because time doesn’t work around us.”

“I wish everybody was rich. Or maybe for world peace. But it wouldn’t be peaceful unless everybody had the same amount.”

“I ate so much popcorn at the movies that I couldn’t feel my lips any more.”

Plus yesterday we had a startlingly insightful discussion about the construction of bridges, materials loading, and the principles of engineering design.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2008-11-17 05:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"But it wouldn’t be peaceful unless everybody had the same amount."

Sounds like that kid's ready to read some Nozick. The second anyone has anything to sell, and someone wants to buy it-- a book, a poem, or a banana-- then suddenly they've got unequal amounts through a purely consensual act of capitalism. Are they still at peace?
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2008-11-17 06:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
> Plus yesterday we had a startlingly insightful discussion
> about the construction of bridges, materials loading, and the
> principles of engineering design.

I hope it went something like this Calvin & Hobbes exchange:

Calvin: How do they know the load limit on bridges, Dad?
Calvin's Dad: They drive bigger and bigger trucks over the bridge until it breaks. Then they weigh the last truck and rebuild the bridge.
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Jay Lake: child-laughing
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-11-17 12:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:child-laughing
I confess to having employed that parenting technique more often that I'd care to admit. She got wise to me years ago, however, and usually knows when to dig in.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-11-17 13:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am deeply impressed with her popcorn-eating skills. ;)
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