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“People are complicated!”

Love the latest xkcd comic:

people are complicated!

In three frames xkcd indicts central planning with the single line that, “People are complicated!”

Why is this simple truth so hard to understand? If people are complicated, so are all systems of human interaction (i.e. markets, government, relationships, etc.). And it doesn’t stop there, of course: all dynamic systems are complicated.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the simple-minded solutions of central planners fail to manage such unpredictable complexity. So why are they even trying?

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xkcd on Kindle

Latest xkcd titled “Kindle:”

I'm happy with my Kindle 2 so far, but if they cut off the free Wikipedia browsing, I plan to show up drunk on Jeff Bezos's lawn and refuse to leave.

I recently read the Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide while in India. Anyway, it’s fun to imagine hitchhiking with only a Kindle. Actually, I wonder if, now armed with the idea of vagabonding with nothing but a kindle, someone will actually try this out and write a book about it.