Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/12/02

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Subject: [Leica] Beating Dead horses
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 1999 07:24:48 -0800

Since beating dead horses is such a sport here (and I'm as guilty as the 
next) I thought this would be a nice reminder of just how ridiculous it can 
get. And to get it on topic, just remember that using Leicas is akin to 
beating the dead MF vs. AF, AE vs ME horses.

Apologies to any offended by an off topic post that doesn't refer to scotch 
or underwear.

The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from one
generation to the next, says that when you discover you are
riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.
However, in modern business, because of the heavy investment
factors to be taken into consideration, often other strategies
have to be tried with dead horses, including the following:

1. Buying a stronger whip.
2. Changing riders.
3. Threatening the horse with termination.
4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
5. Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead
6. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.
7. Appointing an intervention team to reanimate the dead horse.
8. Creating a training session to increase the rider's load
9. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.
10. Change the form so that it reads: "This horse is not dead."
11. Hire outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
12. Harness several dead horses together for increased speed.
13. Donate the dead horse to a recognized charity, thereby
deducting its full original cost.
14. Providing additional funding to increase the horse's
15. Do a time management study to see if lighter riders would
improve productivity.
16. Purchase an after-market product to make dead horses run
17. Declare that a dead horse has lower overhead and therefore
performs better.
18. Form a quality focus group to find profitable uses for dead
19. Rewrite the expected performance requirements for horses.
20. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.

Eric Welch
Carlsbad, CA

Always be on the lookout for conspicuousness (or, It's hard to tell if 
someone is inconspicuous).