Captain's Table

Mark Austen

2019.04.10 - Odd Behaviour

There is a saying, often attributed to Einstein, possibly incorrectly, that says something along the lines of, “insanity is repeating the same things and expecting different results.”

I was nearly guilty of this today. You see, I stood on the scales and got what was quite obviously a wrong result. I expected to weigh in around 91.3 kg (14st 5lb 4oz) but the scales read 91.1. Now these electronic scales are sensitive to an uneven surface, except that I had not moved the scales from yesterday. Also I wasn't quite fast enough getting on the scales and was still holding on the the book case beside which the scales reside.

So I waited until the scales turned themselves off and tried again. This time making sure that I was not holding on the to book case.

The reading this time was 90.9 kg (14st 4lb 6oz) and I didn't believe that either. So, being an engineer by training I checked the position of the scales again and measured my weight again, twice. The result? 90.9 kg.

That's three measurements at the same value so I think I have to accept it.

Now to be 600g (1 lb 5 oz) lighter today than this time yesterday would normally be cause for celebration. Except that my daily average is closer to between 100g and 200g (3½ oz and 7 oz) so this reading was a value, three times better than my best expectation. Unexpected and that is why I checked.

Perhaps not such odd behaviour.