Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Mornin' Musins': Single Point of Failure
Ever notice how evil villains' secret lairs always seem to have the worst wiring and infrastructure? All the hero has to do is smash one central control panel or fire a single bullet into some key apparatus and sparks start flying and alarms go off and the roof collapses, crushing a bunch of minions, and a minute later the whole place blows up (moments after the hero and heroine have escaped to safety). Single point of failure—shoddy design. Maybe it's because secret lairs are of necessity, well, secret, and so they haven't been inspected by the local muncipality and thus aren't built to code. Maybe that's it.