Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Sturgeon's Law: The Definitive Guide

Sturgeon's Law comes from a quote by science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon: "Sure, 90% of science fiction is crud. That's because 90% of everything is crud." If only the percentage were that low. Recent scientific studies have refined this off-the-cuff assessment by Mr. Sturgeon. The Crud Index Study by Tartman, Shush, et al, reveal that Sturgeon was far too conservative. Unfortunately, the study has also proved that, in relative terms, the amount of non-crud approaches zero when factored into quality equations. In other words, we can safely say that 99.99% of everything is crud. I'm sorry to inform you that you are probably part of that figure.

No comments: