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Feb 11, 2013
wally doesn't think much of restoring cars
 
 
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Feb 11, 2013
This strip is a bit odd - or at least, not thought through. Are we supposed to think once again that Dilbert is weird, or is it the case that Scott Adams actually IS weird. I mean, does he go through museums saying "useless - waste of time - pointless." I should have thought that SA understood the pleasure that people take in collecting, restoring, maintaining; I re-bind old (valueless) books because I enjoy doing it and enjoy the satisfaction of giving something worth having, a new lease of life. I could buy a new one for much less than the cost of my time. The British Museum is full of people restoring old pots, old armour, old this, old that; not that the objects or more valuable restored than in bits, but they interest people and give people pleasure. Of course Scott understand that, but if the point is Dilbert's and not Scott's... well, then what is the strip saying?
 
 
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Feb 11, 2013
Scott clearly prefers cars that are simply functional, to those that have a bit of soul, style, and character. And that's nice. If no-one bought any new cars today, then there wouldn't be any old cars for me to restore in 40 years time.

For our sake, could those who are buying new cars, please buy cars that, one day, might acquire some character? That includes most cars made by Alfa Romeo, but excludes most cars made by Toyota (with the honourable exception of the GT86). Sorry - character and reliability seem to be, mostly, mutually exclusive...
 
 
Feb 11, 2013
In the research organization I was working in, performance assessment of scientists was (and is) based on the number of research publications. It motivates scientists to design their research work mainly with the objective of publishing papers (as distinct from doing science), and most of the research done is "GARBAGE" (word used by Wally). Scientists who do no work are less destructive of resources. They may not get promotions, but they won't usually lose their jobs.
 
 
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Feb 11, 2013
In the research organization I was working in, performance assessment of scientists was (and is) based on the number of research publications. It motivates scientists to design their research work mainly with the objective of publishing papers (as distinct from doing science), and most of the research done is "GARBAGE" (word used by Wally). Scientists who do no work are less destructive of resources. They may not get promotions, but they won't usually lose their jobs.
 
 
 
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