in reply to This year I plan to learn about:
non-Perl: Andy Ford
Toddler psychology & discipline
Having survived the toddler stage (my children are 17 and 20 years old), I've got to say:
At that time  the chief engineer was almost always the chief test pilot as well. That had the fortunate result of eliminating poor engineering early in aviation.
Two words: classical conditioning.
Throwing nuclear weapons into the sun
Making everybody on Earth disappear
A threat from an alien with a mighty robot
A new technology or communications medium
Providing a magic fish to a Miss Universe
Establishing a Group mind
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