Monday, June 26, 2006

Poor Design or User Error?

The garage in my gym seems to have banged up structural support beams in all the wrong places.

As I was driving out of the garage tonight, barely avoiding scraping them in my new car, I realized that banged up structural support beams are the perfect metaphor for user error, and banged up parking posts are like examples of flawed workarounds for a flawed design.

Upon first glance at a banged up structural support beam, one thinks, "look at all the idiots who scraped up their cars because they can't drive for shit." But then, one begins to wonder, is it really their fault? If the beams are so scraped up, then maybe they were built too close together?

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