Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Laws of Murphy, Yhprum, and Drucker

Murphy's law always applies. Who was Murphy after all and what made him so smart? Maybe if he had never been born our lives would have been much simpler. 

I have been job hunting for 23 months. During this time, I have been a lady of leisure. My time has been relatively free. I have sampled retirement (without the pension and benefits) and learned that retirement is not overrated. The Hell of it was knowing how the other side lives and then having to go back through the looking glass.

Finally I find myself with a job that will start next month. Suddenly I am trying to juggle the holidays (last minute cooking and baking, the 4 "Christmases" we have with the family (the in-laws, outlaws, and significant others), finding a place to live in Charleston (that I can afford), and packing (which I cannot do until I know where I am going to live and how much space I will have). 

Mathematician Augustus De Morgan wrote on June 23, 1866: "The first experiment already illustrates a truth of the theory, well confirmed by practice, what-ever can happen will happen if we make trials enough."  In later publications the phrases "whatever can happen will happen" and "whatever can go wrong, will", refer to De Mogan's statement was termed "Murphy's law". The irony here is that De Morgan's theory, given that "Murphy" is "De Morgan" misremembered.

But, on the glass half full side, there is always Yhprums law (Murphys spelled backwards) that states "anything that can go right, will go right" — the optimistic application of Murphy's law in reverse.

"Drucker's Law"  (named after Peter Drucker) in dealing with complexity of management: "If one thing goes wrong, everything else will, and at the same time."

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