Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Shanna Point of Personal Preference

I received a link from my brother (uh, in-law, but he is more like my brother) that discussed the mean time between failures (MTBF) of solid state devices (SSD). The article uses a quote from "How I Met Your Mother", which identifies a "crazy/hotness" level, in which over that line, the woman is allowed to be crazy because she is so attractive.

The next thing I know, my brother (in-law) and I are discussing a variation of the "good", "fast", and "cheap" triangle where you pick any two. For example, "good" and "fast" will not be "cheap" when producing something. "good" and "cheap" will not be "fast". Hopefully, you get the idea.

Now, I had seen a variation of this applied to women. It consisted of "stable", "hot", and "smart". Pick any two.

The resulting discussion about the three returned a quick identification of a new rule of thumb that I'd like to introduce - the Shanna Point of Personal Preference. Based on a three dimensional grid, X axis being the intelligence, Y axis being hotness, and Z axis being stability, the perfect woman does not consist of full intelligence, aesthetically pleasant visual representation, and mental stability. Just so you know, the Point of Personal Preference does not equate to insurmountably intelligent, absolutely attractive, and severely stable. Rather, it is a point of preference, e.g. "what you want".

Now, in my mind, the perfect woman must have intelligence, attractiveness, and stability. I'm just not willing to cope with anything less. I didn't want a woman that, when I'd start gabbing about DBA's would say "I have no idea what you are talking about, so I am going to tune out and not learn". I didn't want a woman that caused hefty roller coasters of mental anguish. And I definitely wanted a woman that was attractive (just think about that one - it would have been an arranged marriage if that wasn't a requirement).

I suppose you can all determine where the theory "Shanna Point of Personal Preference" received it's name. Now, I think I'll go home and have a nice conversation about family, and then move on to an in-depth discussion of genetic recombination, and proceed to later frisk her for weapons (with someone that smart, you never know).