Should you ever use what you see on TV and in movies as reference material for a topic you know little about?
Here’s a hint: “Don’t try this at home” applies to a lot more than the stuff they do on Mythbusters.
Today’s dire example is this online exchange between a friend of mine who is designing a sculpture of a cybernetic horse, and a friend of hers (unknown to me) who offers advice on the cybernetic horse’s capabilities and behaviors. The sculptor is a professional horsewoman. The advice giver, apparently, is not. [Names omitted and some details changed for anonymity].
Sculptor/horsewoman (thinking aloud): Would a cybernetic horse rear?
Advisor: I think the horse rearing up, as a means to go into a full run would still be there. Rearing up in fear or being startled probably would not.
Sculptor/horsewoman: Horses rearing up to go in full run? I don’t follow….
This is where I almost fell off my chair laughing. If you’re a horse person, you know why. If not, let me explain: Read More…