Sour Oranges and Bananas

november 13, 2007

Life in the Silicon Valley, I am learning is much different that life outside the valley. Case in point, the argument that I just wasted two days on in class. When asked to give suggestions for the Yahoo! front page, most of the class gave good criticism. A classmate pointed out that the front page cannot personalized. The conversation went something like this:

Him: “One thing is that you can't personalize”

Me: “Yea, you can't, but there's that is the personalization page for Yahoo!”

Him: “But, you can't personalized the front page of like you can”

Me: “You're comparing apples to oranges. Front page of cannot be personalized either.”

Him: “I'm not comparing to I'm comparing to”

Me: “I know, but that's not valid.”

Him: “It is valid. I was told to look at”

Me: “Then compare it with the front page of Google: Although, that is not valid either, since Yahoo's search page is, which is comparable to”

Him: “But, cannot be personalized.”

Me: “Yes, that's what I'm trying to tell you. is the same as – both can be personalized. is the same as -- both cannot be personalized.”

Him: “You're wrong.”

I loved his FOX News style of argument: Total denial that he was comparing different types of pages. Either that or he really is as stupid as he sounds, I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Of course, I'm guessing this maybe how he argued in elementary school:

Him: “My orange is sour and that banana isn't.”

Other Guy: “Yea, but your orange is not the same as the banana.”

Him: “But, I was told to eat the orange.”

Other Guy: “Then compare the orange with another orange for sourness.”

Him: “No, my orange is the same as the banana.”

Other Guy: “But, it's not.”

Him: “You're wrong.”

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