The Treehouse + The Cave

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Thursday, May 05, 2005

A Lock

The lock on the door to the private portion of the office men's room is broken. It's one of those push-button locks, embedded in the handle. Sometimes it clicks and sticks, other times it springs back, silently failing to engage.

I'd say that on average the lock functions one out of every 30 times I attempt. I know these odds, and yet I try it each and every time I enter, hoping that this time around I'll be protected from intruders that never knock. This morning it worked, and satisfyingly stuck; I can't help but think that a day of good fortune will follow.

Blogger pam coulter enright thought:

If Hen were home, he'd tell you to play the lottery (or at least look for some associated number).

May 5, 2005 at 1:30 PM - Comment Permalink  
Anonymous Tim thought:

He's not. So just enjoy the fact that you don't idolize bathrooms like dad...

May 5, 2005 at 4:24 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger hipp-o thought:

it's what bf skinner called "intermittent reinforcement".
ooh - and this is especially for andy - bf skinner did all of his research on....

Run piegeons, run, here comes andy....

May 6, 2005 at 5:50 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

You're the one who should run. He did much of his work training pigeons to...

 air-dropped munitions to their targets (so, watch out for my swarm of pigeon-brained smart bombs!).

The principle worked ridiculously well. In fact, the Coast Guard now uses pigeons mounted in bubbles under helicopters to help identify people lost as sea. The pigeons' ability to visually discriminate amongst crowded fields (like the frothy Atlantic) FAR exceeds our own.

Skinner also dabbled in brain washing and utopianism. Interesting chap.


May 9, 2005 at 9:13 AM - Comment Permalink  

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