That reminds me of something I heard once:
A company has 2 employees to produce an employee newsletter. They get a
machine that allows the newsletter to be produced in half the time. What
do they do:
A) Allow both employees to go home in the middle of the day, and
continue to pay them the same (since they're getting the same amount of
B) Fire one or the employees.
C) Require a more complex newsletter, so it still takes them both all
day to do it.
"...it would be more pardonable to believe in no God at all, than to
blaspheme Him by the atrocious attributes of Calvin." -- Thomas
I'm a sucker for museums do I can't remember which one it was, possibly
the Ford. Anyway, it followed household appliances through the years.
They noted as labor saving devices were introduced women found more
complicated things to fill their days with.
I've certainly seen it in my career from those unreadable reports
printed on green bar paper to the latest dashboard with burn down
graphs, pie charts, and so forth. I haven't noticed management getting
more productive but the managers certainly have more toys to keep them busy.
So, based on personal experience, I'll go with C.
Yes. The number of hours spent on "housework" has remained constant;
regardless of the number (and cost!) of "labor saving" devices introduced.
Tasks that were not considered part of "normal" housework crept
into the list (when floors were made of dirt, I don't imagine
they got washed AND waxed often! :> ). And, still other "labor
saving" devices just altered the character of the labor but didn't
really "save" any.
E.g., we have a honking big "juicer" that we use for our citrus.
Definitely a labor saver -- in terms of elbow grease. *But*,
it needs to be cleaned after use -- as the pulp gets trapped in
the places that are *supposed* to trap it, you can't just drop it
in a dishwasher but, instead, need to clean it by hand. And, if you
don't want the stainless to spot, it must be dried by hand. Then,
reassembled and stored.
Of course, it also clogs *while* juicing. So, you must disassemble it
and do a cursory cleaning frequently. And, shut down the motor while
you're doing that -- which means waiting for it to spin up, again,
Look at how long it takes to write a simple memo! And, how many times
it gets *printed* (proofs) before it gets distributed -- in our
PAPERLESS offices! Do you see better grammar in those? Or, fewer
typographical errors? I.e., isn't that what all those composition
tools are *supposed* to address??
Closer to home: look at the advances in 4G languages (compared to
earlier purely procedural languages). All the mechanisms that are
supposed to make it easier to write *better* ("more correct")
programs. Yet, programmer productivity remains astonishingly low
and code quality equally poor. The only thing that has "improved"
is the size of executables (if you consider "getting bigger" to be
an improvement :> )!
I think the most *effective* "kitchen gadget" that I've *found* (and,
coincidentally *purchased*) in the past ~30 years were "artichoke stands".
BTW, if you ever see an artichoke in bloom, you'd probably lament each
one that you *ate* (PRIOR to bloom!).
In my experience, the German standard for a similar job is much higher.
But this is a subjective judgment.
Last time I priced them (a loooooong time ago) a pair of Nikes that
cost, say, $50 USD were more like $150 in Germany.... and people there
drive much, much smaller automobiles.....
OTOH, that has to be weighed against 6 weeks of vacation, overtime pay
for working overtime, retirement at full pay, medical coverage,
vastly-greater literacy, and so-forth.
"You pays your money and you takes your choice".
I tell my German relatives that I'd emigrate to Germany in a heartbeat
except for one problem: Too Many Germans..... i.e. It's a foreign
culture and German is a infamously-difficult language to learn.
When we would walk around in towns of any size (Mainz, for instance) it
was obvious when we walked into a neighborhood populated mainly by
non-Germans: dog poop on the sidewalks, trash, graffiti, dirt in
When I was taking Latin in high school, we had to read Caesar's Gallic
Wars. I remember one part where somebody was talking about the English
and the Germans.
The gist was something to the effect of "Well, the English paint
themselves blue and throw spears at us; but we're going to civilize
them. The Germans, on the other hand, are far more civilized and
developed; but we are never going to get on with them because they're
just so *different*".
Europe has a different idea of the role of gummit in society.
The US believes society exists so folks can exploit one and other;
the europeans seem to think it exists so folks can *help* one and other.
Nonsense! You just fill your mouth with olive-sized jagged stones
and try to pronounce "Petter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers"
*without* letting any of them fall out of your mouth! ;-)
Germans, IME, tend to be highly conformist. But, that's from my
observations of "german immigrants" and first descendants thereof.
On Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7:44:36 PM UTC-5, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
That depends on the vehicle. I just checked the 2 cars that are home.
The 03 Element's dash is dark until the lights are turned on.
The 06 Ody's dash is lit whenever the car is running and actually gets dimmer
when the headlights are turned on.
I'm not sure about the 07 Civic or the 05 Taurus. They're both away from home
getting their Master's degrees at this time. :-)
That's another strange thing about this 2000 Solara. When I let the
headlights turn on automatically, because I've started the engine, the
dash lights don't go on for another 10 seconds or so. I don't know
why it's not right away and I don't know what finally makes them go
on! It might be shifting into gear, but I have to check.
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