November 7th, 2005


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Today we received the new version of the Glossary of Building Terms. How could you not love a book that has a definition of 'critical radiant flux?'

I am becoming aware that there are people out there who want to be led through life by the nose. These people are the ones who want to know exactly what's going to happen in any given situation and get annoyed with trial and error. They want someone to do the trial and error first, so that when they come along there's a tried and tested formula that means everything goes smoothly without hassle, mistakes or challenge.

When we landed back in NZ there was such a woman at the airport. She was part of a tour and the tour guide had told them to go have breakfast and then meet at the bus stop for a ride to the domestic terminal. She was the first to arrive at the bus stop and was angrily asking everyone there (random people) what was happening, and complaining loudly that there was nobody around to tell her what to do. She was annoying enough that we chose to walk to the domestic terminal rather than wait for the bus. I'm not sure why she couldn't figure out how to sort out her problem, or why she expected the people standing around to be able to help her.

It was almost as if she didn't trust her own judgement.

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I guess it's about going outside the comfort zone. And no, I'm not talking about bungy jumping. I'm talking about trying and failing and learning, without waiting for someone else to tell you what to do. Somewhere between learning to walk and leaving school, we forget how to do it. Re-learning is hard.

But you know, I'd rather fail 50 times and finally succeed, having figured it out for myself, than succeed first time by riding on someone else's thinking and just following orders.

Disclaimer: Yes Jez, there are exceptions. Reading the instructions being one of them. I'm talking a little more esoterically than that.

Gosh. This post wasn't meant to be that long. Yeah I have a bee in my bonnet about this. Long and not particularly interesting story, to do with MMORPGs and wiping and people who've forgotten how to have fun.