Anonymous said: Hi Hank :) Thank you for everything you do!! I have a question: is peanut butter a solid or a liquid?
All dichotomies are false dichotomies…there are things that have the properties of a liquid and a solid. Pitch, for example. But the grade-school definition is “if you can pour it, it’s a liquid.” And you can’t pour peanut butter.
Also, I feel I should note that, for the purposes of airline security in the US, peanut butter is a “gel”, meaning that you can’t take it on planes because it might be some kind of disguised explosive.
It’d be better to use the engineers definition of a fluid.
If the material is deformed continuously when acted upon by a shear stress, then it’s a fluid.8 months ago
So, Imagine that the company you work for held a poll, and asked everyone if they thought it would be a good idea to put a soda machine in the break room. The poll came back, and the majority of your colleagues said “Yes”, indicating that they would like a soda machine. Some said no, but the majority said yes. So, a week later, there’s a soda machine. Now imagine that Bill in accounting voted against the soda machine. He has a strong hatred for caffeinated soft drinks, thinks they are bad you you, whatever. He campaigns throughout the office to get the machine removed. Well, management decides “OK, we’ll ask again” and again, the majority of people say “Yes, lets keep the soda machine.” Bill continues to campaign, and management continues to ask the employees, and every time, the answer is in favor of the soda machine. This happens, lets say… 35 times. Eventually, Bill says “OK, I’M NOT PROCESSING PAYROLL ANYMORE UNTIL THE SODA MACHINE IS REMOVED”, so nobody will get paid unless management removes the machine. What should we do???
Answer: Fire Bill and get someone who will do the fucking job.
Bonus: Bill tells everyone that he was willing to “Negotiate”, to come to a solution where everyone got their payroll checks, but only so long as that negotiation capitulated to his demand to remove the soda machine.
Bill is a fucking jackass.