Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Saturday, July 27, 2002
Murphy's Law in Action
It seems I was unfair to blogger 'Eric Blair' when I dissed him for referring to "Hanlon's Razor". Elton Beard informs me that this term in common use, and a quick search show he's right.
The sites listed above fail to mention the derivation, which comes from a line in my personal favorite Heinlein short story, 'Logic of Empire':
"You have fallen into the commonest fallacy of all in dealing with social and economic subjects - the 'Devil Theory'."
"You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity."
How Heinlein became Hanlon is a mystery, but Mr Blair is innocent.
An official Public Nuisance Apology is hereby issued - the first one I have ever needed to make.