Re: Forget about SPOG: behold SPTNCAWHS

From: Darryl Maddox (
Date: Sat Aug 18 2001 - 08:12:51 EDT

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    Now waite a minute Bob,

    I rather enjoy some of Geoge's posts and I have enjoyed some of the replies.
    I wish they would hold down the personal attack parts but I suspect that
    will fade with time.

    I enjoyed George's posts because:
    1) I had never heard of psychometry and may get around to looking it up
    sometime. It is an interesting word.
    2) The exchanges about Pauli's quote or quotes has been entertaining. I too
    had forgotten the one about something being so bad it wasn't even wrong and
    the one about someone being so young and already so unknown immediately
    brought chuckle.
    3) The exchanges between Geore H and George M about the curvature of space
    were informative though I have to admit I haven't spent any signifcant time
    thinking about them because I am not a mathematician and am busy with other
    concerns right now. And besides, it all reminds me of the first time I
    seriously listened to the speaches at given at the election conventions -
    both sides sounded so good I could only conclude I didn't know enough what
    they were talking about to spot the errors myself.
    4) George's reply of "you just say it" in response to the question of: how
    you call someone an idiot that politely, was very good. AND it may
    actually be of some significance in this time of political correctness
    non-sense. For instance, as a teacher how can I be sure I won't say
    something which offends one of my students if the offense is in the
    student's perception of what they think I ment by what I said rather than in
    the words themselves. I have no idea what the students will think I mean
    when I say something so I have no way of knowing for sure what will or will
    not offend. All I can do is state as simply as I can my evaluation of the
    situation or whatever. I learned that even this is not allways suffecient.
    A few years ago I got so tired of my student's poor logic and mistakes which
    showed they had no understanding of the of the information relating to the
    question they were trying to answer that I started writting BS on such
    answers. I carefully and repeatedly told them before I started doing this
    that the BS stood for "blatently stupid" and not for whatever else they may
    have heard it refer to. I was hoping that seeing this on their papers would
    make them realize they had not only made a mistake but that it was a serious
    mistake and that they needed to start putting some effort into studying and
    if they couldn't learn the answers at least they should learn enough to know
    when they didn't know an answer and not put down something stupid. None the
    less after several complaints I finally figured out I was either going to
    have to quite writting BS on papers or make some trips to the Dean's office
    and I didn't see any point to wasting his time and mine with such
    triviality. And so even "just saying it" without mallice or prejudice is no
    guarentee that is the way it will be taken. But I still like Geoge's answer:
    "you just say it".

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Bob Gilm" <>
    To: <>
    Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2001 6:05 AM
    Subject: Forget about SPOG: behold SPTNCAWHS

    > Dear All,
    > I'd like to share with you this momentous insight I
    > had yesterday evening, after thoughtful consideration
    > of the number of toes in my left foot, and how it is
    > exactly the same as in my right foot. The number 5 is
    > significantly larger than Planck's constant, h (6.6262
    > x 10^-34 J-s). However, since Plank showed that that
    > the energy of an oscillator of frequency v is
    > quantised, and the number of toes in my foot is also
    > discrete, I conclude that Hammond's SPOG is wrong.
    > This is not surprising at this point, since any idiot
    > could have seen that. In its place, I would like to
    > Now, serious. Hammond, nobody on this list cares about
    > what you say, particularly your SPOG. Nobody here
    > thinks that it is of any use. We are not qualified to
    > understand it anyways, according to you. So, why do
    > you waste your valuable time with us? Why don't you
    > spend this time trying to publish your SPOG in a
    > peer-reviewed journal?
    > Cheers,
    > Bob
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