Monday, September 1, 2008

Murphy's Law - Case study: Bob

Last week's series of unfortunate event ended with a grand finale:

I left my car by the streetside Thursday night, I found my car dented the next morning. Was a case of hit-and run. The bumper's been hit and fell off its bracket.

"Bastard!" Infinity.

So I had made good use of the Merdeka/ 1st Ramadhan holiday to do a little research on 'Murphy's Law' ( you know, the "whatever can go wrong, will go wrong" shit) and found some interesting one-liners on the principles of Murphy's Laws:

Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

This is law number one. Read my previous post "It's Just Not Bob's Week" and you will understand what I'm talking about!

Nothing is as easy as it looks.

When my car's rear tyre punctured, I thought, "I can do this... Hey, surely that can't be THAT difficult to manage." The second law is dead-on right as well. It's NOT that easy to change a cartyre. Nevertheless in a middle of a downpour. This Murphy guy started to impress me.

Everything takes longer than you think.

The shittiest part of a Producer's job involves waiting. It's always waiting for the animators to complete their scenes, or waiting for staff to come back from their dinner breaks, or waiting for 5 hours for the bloody courier guys to come and collect final versions of episodes on dvds. And Murphy's right again... in the course of working, everything always take longer than I think it will. If things are submitted to me on time, then Murphy's next law might already be in play...

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

Here's a simple situation: How many times, after taking a pee, when all your troubles seems galaxies away, that someone has to tell you that your fly's wide open?

More gems from Murphy:

  • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.
  • If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.
  • If anything simply cannot go wrong, it will anyway.
  • If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.
  • Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
  • Every solution breeds new problems.

Well, Mr Murphy, you sure know your stuff!

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