Re: "good luck, how fortunate!"

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Sun, 29 Dec 1996 19:40:23 -0600

> >> "Good luck on your test!"
> >> "His company went public? How fortunate!"
> >>
> >> And so on. I'm increasingly uncomfortable saying these things, but
> >> have not come up with suitable replacements. I'd love to have them,
> >> in the same way that we have Newtonmas.
> >
> >How about "Heisenberg be with you"?

How about: "How fortunate! The tiny devils that are responsible for
the probabilistic operation of state-vector reduction have taken a
personal liking to you! Congratulations on your success as a result of
completely random chance owing nothing to your personal effort!"

Or: "You don't know where you are, or where you're going. Heisenberg
be with you!"

Or: "In the name of the Transcendent Powers, I command Maxwell's Demon
and all other entities responsible for the enforcement of Murphy's Law
and related pessimistic formulations to get OUT!"

Naaah. Personally, I'll take: "Fare well wherever you fare, till your
eyries receive you at your journey's end."

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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