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(Merriam-Webster)   The Merriam-Webster word of the day for January 25 is 'optimization' as in: "The Autobots early battles with the Decepticons were not successful until the later optimization of making their leader Optimus Prime"   ( divider line
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2021-01-25 7:30:52 PM  
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2021-01-25 8:07:50 PM  
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Many years ago, I was waiting for a train in Tokyo and I looked at a vending machine, as I sometimes do. There was a normal sized can of Coke 350 ml. It was 100 yen. Right next to it was a can that, I think, was 200 ml, about half the size. It was also 100 yen.

It blew my mind. Who would buy that????

I watched the machine for another 10 minutes. A guy came up, bought the smaller can, and walked away.

I asked someone about it later that day. A Japanese person. She said, "You know. Sometimes you don't want to drink a whole can, so you are stuck with half a can of stuff you don't want."

Americans are taught from birth that optimization is the same as maximization. MORE MORE MORE! Bigger batteries! Bigger Cars. FASTER cars. Mo money. 6 million dollar man BETTER STRONGER FASTER.

Optimum.... the degree or condition producing the most favorable result.

Do we need more to get the most favorable result? The guy stocking that coke machine knew more about wisdom and human nature than ... most of humanity living today. He and a few others are optimizing while everyone else is maximizing.

Free refills anyone?
2021-01-25 8:14:25 PM  
1 vote:

The Pope of Manwich Village: At least try to do it right. For example...

Ms. Johnson's 4th grade class is in session. She normally begins with a "Word of the Day" exercise, where she gives the class a word and then asks for volunteers to use the word in a properly formed sentence.

Today's word is "fascinate."

Immediately hands go up. Ms. Johnson sees that Dirty Johnny has raised his hand, but she knows better than to call on him, as he's infamous for his bawdy answers. Instead, she calls on Polly.

Ms. Johnson: "Go ahead, Polly."

Polly: "The tropical fish at the City Aquarium always fascinate me."

Ms.Johnson: That's an excellent use of the word, Polly. Who's next?"

The class again raises their hands enthusiastically and she again avoids Dirty Johnny and calls on Markus instead...

Markus: "Today's video games facinate me, with their improved graphics and performance."

Ms. Johnson: "Wonderful, Markus! Another great answer. OK, one more..."

At this point, Dirty Johnny is nearly jumping out of his chair trying to get her attention. How could he possibly use "fascinate" improperly, she wondered. After a few seconds contemplating, she couldn't think of a potential twist, so she finally relented and called on Johnny...

Dirty Johnny: "My sister has a big ol' pink bra, with 10 clasps on the front, but her tits are so goddamn big, she can only fasten eight!"

That was F-A-R better than any of these word-of-the-day headlines have ever been.
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