Friday, February 01, 2008

Whispers and shouts.

25 comments:

Shan said...

I just try not to talk about myself at all.

gc said...

funny - but we THINK about our failures, even the minor ones, way more than we do our successes.

Can Opener Boy said...

A > B: Arrogance (or overcompensation for veiled insecurity)

B > A: Inferiority complex

A = B: True Humility

Johnny Menace said...

yes A=B .. like when i.. errr.. hmm i mean anyone falls down the stairs.. its a sucess because you get to the bottom.. but you sure as hell failed walking down the stairs...

Anonymous said...

is your book not selling? is that why you thought of this?

Dr. Awesome said...

quite the opposite as far as i'm concerned. the unfortunate things that happen to me make much better conversation pieces. especially when you couple them with my various neuroses.

Jon Willis said...

I'd like to see some diagrams about people that leave comments critiquing the diagrams :-)

Duby said...

Jeff Foxworthy meets Woody Allen:

If B > A,
you know you're a Jew.

If B > A regarding your success and failure as a parent,
you know you're a Jewish mom.

Andrea said...

Note, not drawn to scale

GoingLikeSixty.com said...

Over my head. I never can remember with is "greater than" > or <
My shortcoming.
I shall deal with it.
Goodbye.

geekclimber said...

agreed. unfortunately my parents seem to only recognize B... yes, i have issues.

Marcelo said...

Thats very original...

puglyfeet said...

This is fun set theory.

Honus said...

A: Optimist
B: Pessimist


(Came over from XKCD, love this. Chart/line/graph/Venn humor is fantastic)

Nabin said...

Wow!
Really nice blog.
nsbin

Seaurchin said...

I only acknowledge A. B is practice, a learning experience and necessary in the scheme of attaining A.

Harald Korneliussen said...

Depends on mood.

Goinglikesixty, the alligator wants to eat the largest number. I'm just saying.

janethesane said...

Who wouldn't rather talk about their success? Failures are to mull over and hopefully learn from, or to dwell on until they fester and kill you. Depends on your attitude.

We Light Up Queens said...

I just stumbled upon your site and thought it was very cute and witty, keep up the good work.

Mike,
We Light Up Queens

LotharBot said...

The symbols show us size. They have a big end and a little end. The big end is by the big number, and the little end is by the little number.

99999 > 1
1 < 99999

small < LARGE
LARGE > small

No need to get all fancy thinking about alligators or arrows or whatever else people come up with. Just remember it's about size -- bigger and smaller.

fair_n_hite_451 said...

But, but, size doesn't matter.


... at least that's what she kept reassuring me...

NewLifeFromHeaven said...

Great advice.

reggy said...

We are not all created equal,But its curious that everybody thinks that they belong to A in other way.

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Anonymous said...

Brilliant.

I'm so TIRED of people thinking that good conversation consists of only B. Makes you want to slap them.

"Man... I'm having such a bad da--FWOOSHSMACK."

Thank you.

steve said...

So I'm way late for the party. Perhaps no one will read this. But it struck me as interesting that these comments seemed to imply that it really matters which experiences you talk about.

From my experience, all that matters is how you talk about them. I have a lot of friends (high school) that have low self-esteem or simply too much anxiety. Talking about the negative experiences in a humorous light or to show how you overcame them is a good thing. Trying to gain sympathy by talking about how bad your day's been is not.

Similarly, bragging excessively about successes is arrogant. Sharing good news is not. Trying to give hope to others by sharing difficult success is good. Trying to make yourself feel good because you're better than others is bad.

I've been all over the map in these respects. If you shape your conversations with the intention of building up others, rather than yourself, whether you're sharing successes or failures is inconsequential.

 
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