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on the Conservation of Desk Space

While trying to find a place on my new, large desk to work on my tax forms, I had a flash of insight which led me to the formulation of what I shall call Glick’s Law (a.k.a. the Law of Conservation of Desk Space). Namely:

The percentage of free space on a desk remains constant as the area of the desk surface increases without bound.

Glick’s Law can no doubt be attributed to the fact that paperwork exhibits the behavior — much like compounds in the gaseous state — of expanding to fill its container.

Glick???s Law ??? Conservation of Desk Space

Figure 1. Notice the graph’s distinct lack of slope as the size of the desk increases.



on Quantum Mechanics

recently overheard in my inbox:

Date: Thu, Feb 8, 2007 at 7:22 PM
From: davisagli
To: naf, rody, dbon
Subject: random thought #642
An *UN*watched quantum pot never boils…

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