[thechat] Visual Basic Help? SHIFT key

Martin Paul Burns martin.burns at uk.ibm.com
Fri Oct 25 05:59:01 CDT 2002

> At 04:00 PM 25-10-02, Martin Paul Burns wrote:
> >Which is fine, cos ultimately, they're the clients and it's their

> Exact-o-mundo. And since they've promised more business (it's an ad
> btw - Saatchi & Saatchi
that figures
>), I'm not going to argue much. :P
...as long as you get the record of the decision...

> >As long as you've got a formal record of the decision to back
> >you up if it comes back to haunt you, it becomes an SEP.

> What's an SEP? I honestly don't know.

*Thread Hijack*

Someone Else's Problem.

 From Hitchhiker's:
What that reference doesn't mention is that you cast an SEP field by
presenting a completely incongruous appearance.

Onlookers can't believe that such an object could appear in such a place,
so their brains don't accept that it exists, hence don't see it, hence
invisible. The brain essentially classifies the object as "Someone Else's
Problem" and skips processing it. The only way to get the brain to accept
the object is by looking at something else, and catching a glimpse of the
SEP-cloaked object out of the corner of your eye. Which makes you look very
silly, jerking your head about.

The example used by Adams is a spaceship wanting to land on Lords cricket
ground in the middle of a test match should appear to be a burger
restaurant. None of the spectators' brains will accept that a burger
restaurant would hover over and then land on the pitch, so won't see it
(except for those looking the other way at (say) the scoreboard, the bar
etc, and/or jerking their heads about a bit).

This is of course much cheaper and takes less power than making the object
*actually* invisible, particularly for large objects such as mountains
(which you'd paint pink). People would walk up to, round and even over the
pink-painted mountain, all the time denying that it exists.


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