The War Against Intelligence

18 02 2006
(A sign posted on a trail in CA, explaining the right of way)

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

…and stared at this stupid sign. Was reminded of those simple puzzles (questions that test your logic(?) skills)from back in middle school… something along the lines of, Sita is taller than Gita. Mita is shorter than Gita. Is Sita taller than Mita?

Doesn’t this sign translate to, If bikers yield to pedestrians and pedestrians yield to horses. Will bikers have to yield to horses?

Is the arrow pointing down from the bike to the horse really needed? Is this one of the WMDs used by the ID-warlords in the war against intelligence? An attack on perfectly logical and well accepted theorys, like the survival of the fittest? Or is it just me, having a bad case of the frydays*…

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning. – Rich Cook (thx nutcase-in-a-suitcase)

* Think the annoying co-worker in Office Space saying, “Uh-oh! Sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays!” Believe me, fridays can be just as bad.

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18 02 2006
Falstaff

:-). I think what the sign is trying to say is that if you’re a cyclist and have to yield to someone riding a horse at the same time as some pesky pedestrian is yielding to him too, then it’s okay to run said pedestrian down. So there. It’s quite simple really, anyone with a basic understanding of rock, paper and scissors could handle it.

Besides, this is california. You should just be grateful that the ordering is at least consistent.

P.S. If you’re having a bad case of the Fridays, what in god’s name are you doing out on a trail where they let you ride horses?

18 02 2006
Veena

Hmm…Ice skating, Trail with horses and the rest, hot dinner with six hot men that you can’t talk coherently on the phone – is that your idea of a bad Friday?

Btw, we found that dessert place yesternight after driving all over the city. Certain people who didn’t happen to have any hot dates were more than willing to look up online and get us the right address.

21 02 2006
The Black Mamba

give da poor gal a break. you know what can also make a bad friday? when there are so many things to do and your mind is stuck on this stupid sign you read on the way and refuses to let it go. Its like getting your hands on gum someone stuck under a table.

Elementary, Mr. Falstaff. rock, paper, scissors.

And Veena darling, there are times when others are also out doing stuff [well, it might end up being something that involves 6 hot men who are n years younger than you >:-(] but I digress…

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