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Android mathematics - The Paranoid Android
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Android mathematics
In my previous post I mentioned android maths... and I think it deserves needs a little clarification.

Android maths is used to justify something (usually expensive). You know the answer you want (you want to spend the cash) so you work backwards until the workings seem "reasonable" then you can use those workings to justify spending the money.

Let's use my previous post as an example.

The ticket cost £200. I need to justify spending £200. I see which bands are playing. There are 6 bands I want to see... plus a couple I wouldn't mind seeing... plus a couple I've heard of.

£200/8 is still a little bit high for "a band I wouldn't mind seeing".

How about I take the two headline acts I *really* want to see and attach a price "appropriate" for such an act. How much is appropriate? The tickets to see Depeche Mode at the end of the year are costing me £50... but I'm only paying that because they are the Mode. How about £40? Can I make £40 to see a band reasonable in my head? I think so.

if i pay £40 for the two headliners that makes the other bands come out at £20 each (120/6). I regularly pay £20 to see live music. So that's fine then!


This thought process is great (in that I get to do stuff) - but there are flaws:

Although I would probably pay £40 to see Elbow (and in a way I am)... I have already seen them twice in the last 18 months and each time the ticket was just over £20.

Normally the price of the ticket is about all I'd have to pay. I can travel for no additional cost to anywhere in London. This time I will need to travel to the Isle of Wight and while I'm there I'll need to have somewhere to sleep and food to eat. I can justify that the tent and sleeping bag can be used again, but food for the 4 days and travel there and back are not something i can claim will benefit me later.

I'm glad I am going... this will be my first festival. If I like it I plan on going to some more... maybe even get to Glastonbury next year. That will take some serious android mathematics to justify the price of that!

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teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: August 12th, 2009 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Or you could just say what the hell, I deserve some fun, fun = priceless ...(it's the logic I apply to my holiday habit ..)
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 12th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're right (I know - you're always right! :p) fun should be priceless.

I just have to keep in the back of my mind the need to pay the mortgage and all that stuff.
nuala From: nuala Date: August 12th, 2009 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I would like to hear some La Roux and some more Doves before the gig. Also, I've never been to a camping festival, only the day-trip ones in the States.

Yes, I have wellies. :D
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 12th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll do you a La Roux disc when we next meet. I think she's only released the one album so that will be the sumtotal of her work.
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