Tag: thingtheory

Writing

OUMIs (Object, Utensil, Machine or Installation)

The Government wishes to inform members of the public that the faults and defects in certain objects, utensils, machines, and installations (OUMIs, in abbreviated form) that have become increasingly common in recent months, are being scrupulously examined by a panel of experts which now includes a parapsychologist. Members of the public should beware of anyone […]

Writing

The Well-Connected Game

A colleague of mine pointed me towards this insightful piece by the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy. In his 1929 short story, Chains (LΓ‘ncszemek, but here translated as Chain-Links), Karinthy’s narrator describes the “well-connected game” he has been playing. A fascinating game grew out of this discussion. One of us suggested performing the following experiment to […]