Monday, January 4, 2010

The mind of The Iceman.

"I don't know how it happened, but somehow with high school being high school, someone in our class started a rumour that because I was doing my project on serial killers; that was an indication that I planned to become a serial killer."

Don't miss one bit of this gripping tale, as it has it all. High-school suspense, intrigue, courage in the line of fire, heroism, and a climax where (spoiler alert!) "The Iceman" is vindicated whilst "staring down" (for an entire half-class!) another student who happened to be presenting on a similar topic.

I'm not sure if this is a prequel or sequel to The Iceman and Maverick saving the world from Communist fighter-jets via the flipping of the bird, but it might just be as entertaining!

EDIT: As "The Iceman" apparently censors his comments, here is the response that I posted (and which he promptly deleted):
"Wow. It's unfortunate that your classmates suspected you of wanting to be a serial killer due to the subject of your presentation, but I'm glad to hear that you turned things around and joined them in being suspicious of someone else.

I don't know about anyone else, but I personally love stories of doing unto others as you wouldn't have done unto you. Thanks for sharing that wonderful lesson!"


Malcolm+ said...

Malcolm Gladwell has written an article on criminal profiling. The track record is actually pretty dismal. Projections are awash in vague and contradictory language. Not much better than psychics, really.

Dillon said...

That post is priceless.

At some point, the Iceman's internal monologue was replaced with Kenny Loggins' Danger Zone, on an infinite loop.

Audrey II said...

@ Malcolm: Nice article! I would think that the sheer number of false positives involved in profiling tip the cost/benefit scale in the "discard" direction, but as is often the case when people are scared, rationality goes out the window in favour of whatever can provide a sense of (noting the difference between that and real) security.

Audrey II said...

@Dillon: I'm still at a loss as to why he posted it at all. Did he feel his anecdote was some sort of support for the larger construct of profiling? Did he have some sort of urge to share what he feels are childhood stories of "victory"? Is he still fighting with ghosts of the past?

What was the point of it all?

Malcolm+ said...

Gladwell has another article on profiling (in the sense of using race or other characteristics to identify people for clearance in an attempt to prevent crime, as opposed to creating profiles of suspects in crimes that have actually been committed). Turns out that's pretty much bunk as well.

Here, he uses the example of municipalities outlawing pitbulls and pitbull type breeds. He points out that the correlation between attacks on humans and human fatalities do not reliably identify any particular breeds. Between the late 70s and late 90s, there were human fatalities caused by all breeds of dogs except beagles and basset hounds. But there is a strong correlation between dog attacks and fatalities and owners with records of criminal and anti-social behaviour.

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