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March 2018



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The Heinlein meme....

I got this from elorie

Bold the ones you know you can do because you've done them, italicize the ones you think you could do with a reasonable amount of competence.

A human being should be able to:
  • change a diaper (not with confidence, but I have done it at least once.)
  • plan an invasion (I have never had occasion to use that skill. How often does that sort of thing come up in an average person's life? Heinlein had issues.)
  • butcher a hog (I have never taken apart a whole mammal, but I have cleaned fish and I regularly disjoint chickens)
  • conn a ship (how big of a ship and what does "conn" include. I've gone sailing with my dad)
  • design a building (I used to do that all the time in high school, Build a shelter would be a more useful skill)
  • write a sonnet (I don't think I have ever tried that form)
  • balance accounts (I'm getting really good at accounting)
  • build a wall (I did some construction with my dad. Sheet rock and 2x4s, no problem)
  • set a bone (I'm a bit squeamish. On the other hand I do tend to come through in emergencies.)
  • comfort the dying (I don't think I did so well by my Grandmother. I did much better with cats)
  • take orders
  • give orders
  • cooperate
  • act alone
  • solve equations (depending on the equations, I can do basic algebra and some calculus)
  • analyze a new problem (I am very analytical!),
  • pitch manure (if I get in better shape. Really, who couldn't),
  • program a computer (to do what? I took a class in C years ago. I can write HTML),
  • cook a tasty meal (I'm quite good at that),
  • fight efficiently (I'm not even up to fight effectively),
  • die gallantly ( Terry Pratchett said "You can die for your country or your people or your family, but for a god you should live fully and busily, every day of a long life." But I agree with Patton's Theory of Pro Patria: "The idea is not to die for your country. The idea is to make the other poor son of a bitch die for his country.").

Specialization is for insects. — Robert A. Heinlein


I hate it when they do that......

The list of things that every human should do, bulleted above, followed by the rejoiner that specialization is for insects, is, in my opinion, misattributed. It should be attributed to Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love, by Robert A. Heinlein.

But that's just me.