Take this as old fart (62) cynicism if you like, but younger guys tend to have a different outlook on the world and the possibilities in it than older guys just by virtue of age-related optomism/idealism. It makes communication difficult sometimes.
I took a blue collar job after grad school because I realised I could never teach in a little, rural college as I had imagined. Even if a job in one opened, the first thing they'd want me to do would be to recruit students -- mills need grist. And the sad, stark fact of the matter was that 19 out of 20 of the students there (minimum) would end up selling shoes or working for a lawn care company after four years, a useless degree and a crushing debt load because the field was so overcrowded even then (1980) and jobs so competitive that, having to play catch-up ball as others were honing the skills they already had under their belts, they'd never make the cut. Dreams are great but facts are facts.
If you advise someone with a classical music dream to become a lawyer or a doctor, make a pile of money, buy the great instrument a working musician could never hope to afford and enjoy playing it in a community orchestra, you have made yourself a bitter enemy. By being honest.
Same issue in a more familiar context : a kid in highschool who dreams of playing in the NFL had better get himself into Alabama, USC, Ohio State or (&c.). And excel
there. If he's going to a school with an enrollment of 2,000 imagining that he's preparing for a career in pro football (because they're taking him through the motions), he's got a rude awakening ahead. Once in a blue moon, it happens. But the liklihood of it approaches nil.
I don't see much difference here, where we've got a guy with a deep knowledge of pipes and 20 years of IT experience in the big leagues advising that nobody can use a computer to derive meaningful information from arbitrary, ideosyncratic impressions. This being an unacceptable idea, the argument hinges on arbitrary, ideosyncratic impressions somehow not being arbitrary, ideosyncratic impressions because they'd be high-quality
But there are so many variables involved that that's all they can ever possibly be. That, in the opinion of people who had this hashed out down to the nth
degree before there was a BoB board at all. I can tell you, as what passes for an honest man these days, that Embarcadero is the single best tobacco made by anybody, anywhere. But what good does that do you
? If you try it and don't like it, next to none. It's the single best tobacco on earth -- to me
. You're a whole different story with a different set of sensory receptors.
My good, long-time, respected pipe friends love stuff I wouldn't smoke on a dare. To these guys, weedage like GH Curly Cut, McB Navy Flake and Orlik Golden Slices are the good stuff
. To me, smoking them would be the equivalent of eating road kill.
And that's what it boils down to, in the end.
Edit to add : and those are their favorites this year
. A couple years ago the list was different. In a few more, it will be different again.