Thursday, September 17, 2009

Robert the Publisher's Gem of the Day

RtP: There are two kinds of people in this world: the kind that build bridges, and the kind that walk over bridges without ever thinking about how they got there.

Hm. I know which kind I hope to be...

22 comments:

Alli said...

I wish RtP was my boss...

MeganRebekah said...

You've got a shout-out link over at my blog today. Hope you like it :)

Rick Daley said...

That's interesting. I've always held to this age-old adage that I made up a few years ago:

There are two kinds of people in this world, idiots and assholes. The idiots came first, and their idiocy is what created the assholes.

Laurel said...

Rick: lol

Moonrat: Can I be the sort of person who walks over a bridge, wonders how it got there, and has no interest in revisiting Calculus to build one myself?

stephanie said...

That's wonderful.

Chris Eldin said...

You know, you're single-handedly making Robert famous.
Would LOVE to see a coming-out party!! One day? tehe
:-)

I agree with this gem...oh, this could be a separate rant. But here's to the bridge-builders of the world!

Rebecca Knight said...

That's actually quite profound. And true in just about every industry! Thanks for that :).

SM Schmidt said...

Awesome metaphor only I find myself not fitting either category in the literal sense. This always happens when I travel: I see a pretty bridge/monument then because I have no idea what its named/there is no plaque I can't find out anything about the bridge.

Kimberly Kincaid said...

Rick...that is screaming *awesome*. Thank you for what is quite possibly the best gem I will read all day :)

Oooo, I needed that. Thanks for the springboard, Monnrat!

Kate said...

Love the expression - it feels needed after today!

Kate x

Lydia Sharp said...

With all the idiots and assholes among us, I'm surprised any bridges were built at all.

Idiot: "I can't swim. Guess I'm stuck on this side."

Asshole: "See ya!" (pushes idiot-who-can't-swim into the water, because that's what assholes do, and enjoys his idiot-free side of the river/lake/body of water of your choice)

KatieK said...

There is a third kind: This person walks over the bridge and stands in the middle of it and admires the structure and then thinks about the history of bridges and what kind of design tradition it follows, and then gets off the bridge and spends a lot of time finding the right place from which to photograph it and then waits for the right light. Later he or she writes an article about it or gives a lecture.

TLH said...

I have experienced the wisdom of Rick's statement first hand...

Ulysses said...

Katie, there is also the kind who walk over the bridge and stand in the middle of it and admire the structure and then get hit by the Domino's delivery Volkswagen because standing in the middle of the ninth street bridge during rush-hour is not a good idea no matter what kind of philosophical mood strikes you.

There are only two kinds of people in the world: those with attention deficit disorder and I wonder why pineapple is the only fruit you can order on your pizza...

Ayoub said...

Awesome!

Brian F. said...

I ask you again: are you SURE we don't work for the same house?

pacatrue said...

I don't understand. Normally, RtP's wit and wisdom is just weird, but this one makes a sort of sense.

Ben-M said...

As an engineer I wholeheartedly agree with RtP's perspective.

Though (in addition to the others mentioned above) there's also always the person who says "What's a bridge?"

Charles Gramlich said...

Type 2

Andrea Cremer said...

Wow, that's a gem with extra sparkle. I heart RtP.

Precie said...

Totally behind on my blog friends and swamped with grading, but...THAT is the RtP shirt I want! A t-shirt, a set of notecards, a bookmark--bring the RtP merchandise idea back to active planning (I know, I know, in the free nanosecond you have each day). I want. I want. :)

Maria said...

Sighing. I hardly ever consider those bridges when I am walking over them.