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Some Laws, Implications, a Meta-Corollary, and an Asterisk

Monday January 10, 2022

  • Daryl’s First Law: There’s a workaround for the issue.
  • Daryl’s Second Law: Always use the workaround.
  • Daryl’s Third Law: If you’re in a hurry, don’t try to think of a workaround if one doesn’t come to mind. Instead, think about how not to be in a hurry.
  • Bascombe’s Meta-Corollary: The problematic system itself was probably started as a workaround. It thus encourages workarounds by the philosophy of its design.
  • (Scott) Newton’s First Implication: The universe is likely a workaround event.
  • Newton’s Second Implication: The universe happened because the original method for accomplishing the same ends totally sucked.
  • Bascombe’s Meta-Riposte: More perspectives will generate more workarounds.
  • Newton’s Third Implication: If you want your system to think about, and possibly improve itself, ensure that it does so from a variety of perspectives, so that the workarounds will be good ones.
  • Newton’s Basic People Principle: Different people generate different perspectives.
  • Daryl’s Fourth Law: If you’re in a hurry, it’s better to be in a hurry with a group of people who are in the same hurry as you are. You’ll be able to work around problems faster, and you can thus keep your general sense of being in a hurry, insofar as it serves your needs.
  • Bascombe’s Final Observation: Being alone and in a hurry makes systems appear more perfectly inscrutable, insofar as the state itself tends to obscure workarounds.
  • Bascombe’s Final Observation, Second Part: As you slow things down, the world should start to look more terribly flawed and open to change and input.
  • Daryl’s Final Comfort: Nobody who talks fast, moves fast, and thinks fast is aware of the opportunities for creativity that they pass by with every new millisecond. Slow down and you’ll be able to observe giant opportunities, and even make changes that fix the universe.
  • Daryl’s Asterisk: Most of those changes will probably start as workarounds.

Filed in: People /69/ | Productivity /116/ | Thinking /67/ | Technology /38/

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