22 January, 2007

The vacuous quantify the nebulous (again)

The news on the radio this morning informed me that today is apparently most depressing day of the year.

Being contrary, I was actually feeling pretty good today. A proper weekend off, visiting some friends in Salisbury and visiting the Avebury stone circle, meant I actually had a fairly productive Monday. So, other than the continuing lack of news on the South African visitor permit front, the only depressing thing about today was the media's insistence on not only running with a supremely silly 'yes kids, in science there really is an equation for everything' story, but also recycling it from previous years.

If taking a few values we can quantify (debt and income levels, time elapsed since Christmas), at least as many which you most certainly can't ('general motivational levels'? 'the need to take action'? Please.) and randomly planting them in a forest of brackets wasn't vacuous enough, both the culprit (a serial offender it seems) and the media seem to have missed the fact that this magic formula was quite comprehensively falsified last year...

3 comments:

Lab Lemming said...

Maybe the radio commentator lives and dies by English cricket...

CJR said...

Look at the last link above - we're inured to the pain by now.

Lab Lemming said...

I was actually thinking of NZ's bonus point, but I understand how easily the various ignominious defeats can be confused.