Beginning At The End

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Old Stories Are Like Old Friends

I recently rewatched one of my favorite shows — Bojack Horseman.

Survival Bias

There’s an apocryphal story of Abraham Wald — a mathematician during World War II. The story goes that the US military was desperately analyzing where they could reinforce their aircraft to keep them from being shot down. They provided Abraham with all the data of the planes that had returned with significant damage, and expected he would be able to look at it and tell them where statistically would be the best places to increase the plane’s armor. They assumed it would be in some of the areas that suffered the most damage. See the image below.

Martin Grandjean (vector), McGeddon (picture), Cameron Moll (concept) — Own work

The Side Characters

Returning to Bojack, this time a particular side character stood out: Beatrice Horseman, Bojack’s mom. She was a neglectful mother, a bitter spouse, and a deeply unhappy soul. Her story is sad — but worse, it makes sense. Her life is ruined in so many different ways, and in the moments when she could redeem herself, it’s actually logical — even relatable — why she refuses. There is very little good in her, because there was very little good in her world. It was all rotten. And so, she rotted with it.

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Beginning At The End

How many planes never make it back? And why?

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Christopher Guarnera

Christopher Guarnera

Entrepreneur, software developer, and writer. Enthusiast of good stories, interesting conversations, and serendipity.