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A California library spent $40,000 of city tax dollars for a ceramic mural featuring dozens of famous historical figures. The artist, Maria Alquilar, misspelled 11 of the names, including Einstein and Michelangelo. The city then spent another $6,000, plus expenses, to fly in the same artist to fix the spelling errors. Moral of the story: Do sloppy work, then get paid even more to fix it up.

As if to magnify the ridiculousness of the event, Alquilar refused to apologize for the horrific work, and even scolded the library for having her fix it. After pocketing $46,000 of Livermore, California residents' money, she offered some artsy gobbledygook, claiming that "the importance of this work is that it is supposed to unite people ... they are denigrating my work and the purpose of this work ... the people that are into humanities, and are into Blake's concept of enlightenment, they are not looking at the words."

For some reason, I don't think this excuse will get me far if I make similar gaffes at my own job.

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In light of all the

In light of all the Halliburton hoopla, I wonder whether this project was open to competitive bidding?:no:

Moral of the story: Do

Moral of the story: Do sloppy work, then get paid even more to fix it up.

That ain't just the moral of the story; that's the moral of government in general. What's the solution for failing public schools? More funding, of course. Social Security is a sham? More funding. Drug war not living up to expectations? More funding. And so on.

This story reminds me of the

This story reminds me of the "old-timey" clocks that my local socialist conclave has erected around the new "events center". The clocks have Roman numerals, and cost about octeen thousand bucks each. But at least they look good.

Until you look at the 4. Instead of "IV", someone decided to use "IIII".

My local government can't even *fake* things right.

No, that's correct. For

No, that's correct. For whatever reason, they used IIII for 4 instead if IV. I remember seeing that on either Discovery or the History Channel, a random show on random historical factoids.

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They shouldn't have paid

They shouldn't have paid that last 6000, (they shouldn't have paid the first 40000 either, but that's another matter) but demanded she fix it on her own expense. And when you take up contract work, please refrain from whining afterwards about "the purpose of this work". The purpose is that you make it as the buyer wants it.

The purpose is that you make

The purpose is that you make it as the buyer wants it.

Don't tell Ayn Rand that.

Joanne Jacobs

Joanne Jacobs (www.joannejacobs.com) notes that the artist is a former schoolteacher. :end:

I'm not sure if any of you

I'm not sure if any of you have worked for a government before, but that's Z'ACKTLY how it works.
They're ALL (+/-.00000001 per cent accurate) morons.

To John Lopez: The use of

To John Lopez:
The use of subtraction in Roman Numerals, specifically IV for four, was introduced in the middle ages. The ancients only used additive symbols. Clockmakers, for reasons I have never seen explained well, often used and continue to use IIII for four while preferring IX for nine.
The point is that IIII is not a mistake, nor would VIIII be wrong. Alternative usage, e.g. 1950 as MCML or MDCCCCL or even MLM are all seen, although MLM is considered non-standard since L is not the immediate predecessor of M in order of rank.
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