Saturday, January 14, 2012

Expanded Classics: Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock

Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock is an expansion of the classic "rock-paper-scissors" which includes two additional weapons: the lizard (formed by the hand as a sock-puppet-like mouth) and Spock (formed by the Star Trek Vulcan salute).

Originally invented by Sam Kass and Karen Bryla, it received wider popularity when it was used by the character Sheldon Cooper on the sitcom 'Big Bang Theory'.

The rules are:
  1. Scissors cut paper,
  2. Paper covers rock,
  3. Rock crushes lizard,
  4. Lizard poisons Spock,
  5. Spock smashes scissors,
  6. Scissors decapitate lizard,
  7. Lizard eats paper,
  8. Paper disproves Spock,
  9. Spock vaporizes rock, and
  10. Rock crushes scissors.
Below is a pictorial representation of the above mentioned rules:

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Random Thoughts: Wages As An Influencer Of Performance

I extracted the following paragraph from the book "Why Employees Don't Do What They're Supposed To Do And What To Do About It (By Ferdinard F. Fournies)".

From my personal perspective, if there's one most important take-home point from this book, this is it.

According to human behaviour research, the weekly paycheck does not qualify as a reward that influences people's productivity. The psychologist B. F. Skinner once observed, "People don't come to work to get paid, they come to work so the pay doesn't stop." Additionally, in most business organizations, an employee can perform badly for a long period of time before the pay stops. Getting a weekly pay-check is like breathing; it only becomes important when it stops.

So in summary, nobody is going to be motivated to do better with just wages alone, regardless the quantum. It's also similarly unrealistic to suggest that an employee is supposed to be doing something because he is paid to do them. This is because what you think he should be doing may not necessarily be the same as what he (really) thinks he should be doing.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Random Thoughts: New Year's Day Prayer for One and All

Dear Lord,

So far this year I've done well.

I haven't gossiped, I haven't lost my temper, I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. I'm very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, Lord, I'm going to get out of bed, and from then on I'm probably going to need a lot more help.