Theoretical Logic

A collection of Trevor Parscal's illustrated theories, some more plausible than others.

Meteorologists are to a coin flip what Climatologists are to the lottery

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Lazy designers would make scary doctors

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Taking Credit

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Theory: Deceiving children is a losing proposition.

Designgineering

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Theory: Designers and engineers should learn each other’s crafts.

Software development is a world of ignorance, segregation and bigotry. I’m talking about prejudice, not of race, gender or religion; but of areas of expertise, specifically those of design and engineering. This is something I’ve learned from first hand experience, working both in the industry and on open source projects for over a decade. I believe that the most effective way to solve this problem is for designers and engineers to learn each other’s crafts, and I’d like to tell you why.
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Spicy Food

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Theory: The closer you get to the Tropic of Cancer the spicier the food gets.

JavaScript

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Theory: JavaScript is the best interpreted programming language in the world.

JavaScript is like water; viscous, powerful, ubiquitous and taken for granted. I’m certainly not alone in this feeling, as JavaScript is currently growing in popularity at an amazing pace. I admit that it’s not my favorite language and that it’s got its fair share of quirks, but the more I use JavaScript, the more I love it, and I would love to tell you why.
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Criminal Profiling

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Theory: If Santa Claus were real, he would be in jail.

Xbox 360

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Theory: Xbox 360 is the worst game console on the market.

An Xbox 360 is like a pet parakeet; expensive, noisy, fragile and less clever than you’d hoped for. In the tradition of its predecessor, the Xbox 360 is yet another example of Microsoft’s lack of attention to detail, shameful quality control and ignorance in the craft of industrial design. The user interface is clumsy and obnoxious; a literal patchwork of advertisements and poorly conceived menus that warp you to arbitrary locations in a maze-like environment. I reluctantly bought an Xbox 360, despite previous bad experiences with Microsoft hardware and software, because I wanted to play some specific first-person shooter games with my friends online. However, my distrust in Microsoft has only been emboldened by this experience and I’d like to tell you why.
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Motorcycle Engine Size Restrictions

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Theory: The only thing more dangerous than letting a 15-1/2 year old American kid ride a powerful motorcycle is to let a 14 year old Italian kid ride any motorcycle.

Walking Distance to Food

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Theory: People are more likely to compromise on the quality of food when obtaining it was either virtually effortless or extremely difficult.