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Hofstadter's law

It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.


which is why at work, I double the time my engineer tells me the project will take when I'm telling the customer, and my engineer doubles how long he actually thinks it will take when telling me. Then, we are on time about 95% of the time...

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packbat
Apr. 3rd, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
I love Hofstadter. I remember reading that he wrote this one Metamagical Themas column with huge numbers of sentences that referred to themselves (like "This sentence is self-referential"), and someone was apparently inspired to write the following fake quote on some bathroom wall:
This sentence is graffiti. –Douglas Hofstadter

(I quote from memory.)
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