19 June 2008

The laws of attentiveness

There are always going to be meetings or classes that you attend that are just not as interesting as they may lead you to believe. As Murphy's teaching laws says "A meeting's length will be directly proportional to the boredom the speaker produces." And by the end of a meeting you realize that it could have been consolidated into a simple five minutes of straight up information giving rather than the waiting for late arrivals, the touchy-feely activities, the meaningless banter rather than getting straight to the point, and the redundant question asking by those who can't multi task and missed information because they were busy being off task without simultaneously listening just a little bit.

All this said, it is a must that you learn how to fake your way through paying attention. High school students are not really very good at this, but as an adult, it is really a key strategy to get through life.

These jurors did not learn this strategy. Their lack of looking like they were paying attention really cost them and the government.

And it gives Sudoku lovers a bad name.

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