Things I learned at MIT
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Sun, 28 Apr 96 19:52:00 -0700
Subject: Things I learned at MIT
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Lifted, without permission, from Janet Cahn's delightful home page:
(see http://cahn.www.media.mit.edu/people/cahn/jc-home). Her summary of
life at MIT is chillingy accurate I don't have the heart to tell her that
many startup companies fit the same description--she'll find out soon enough.
Things I learned at MIT:
0000 Sleep is for the weak.
0001 Men are smarter than women.
0010 Hygiene is optional.
0011 The combination of impatience and arrogance is irresistable.
0100 The emperor has lots of clothes.
0101 Ridicule is a teaching technique.
0110 Students work best when completely demoralized.
0111 Interesting lifeforms grow in unwashed coffee cups.
1000 "I told you so" and "I knew that" are nice things to say.
1001 Coffee creamer is a nutrient.
1011 Irritability is a social skill.
1100 You can always have less self-esteem.
1101 Humans were meant to dwell in dark airless places, illuminated
only by a flickering glow, interrupted periodically by the
janitorial staff, checking for signs of life.
[Test your TNQ (Tech-Nerd Quotient) by answering this question as quickly as
you can: How many things did Janet learm at MIT?
Give yourself points for:
(A) knowing that 1101 is 13 (D),
(2) knowing that the answer to the question is 14,
(iii) not needing to look at the first "thing" to know its number.
© 1996 Peter Langston