Interesting word, that.  The line after which things die, which is of course hyperbole.  Of all the times the word deadline is uttered, it rarely ends up being fatal. Might be out of a job, or lose a house, or some other very negative thing, but most of the time it’s just fake pressure.

That’s not to say that the deadline itself isn’t important.  If it wasn’t, or if people we’re serious about it, no one would care.  There absolutely has to be some accountability for it, as there is always a cause.  Poor planning, poor finances, poor resources, unforeseen issues.  Someone, somewhere, has to manage those dates.   Then you need to manage expectations from your bosses about moving dates faster, or damage control if they slip.  Fun times.

All that to say that the project I’m running now has multiple dependencies outside of my control.  Outside of my boss, and his boss’ control.  There’s certainly some pressure, with daily updates to the VP, weekly to the president.  It’s a fun balancing act of keeping the staff shielded from that, allowing them to do the work they do best, and somehow keep the bosses happy with progress.  Or at least explain why there are delays in such a fashion that they a) believe you and b) accept it.

There are days where I feel more like the meat in a sandwich, little to show for the day’s work.  There are other days where there are large breakthrough, acceleration on activities that were planned to take much longer.  Others where the opposite occurs and a key dependency indicates that they haven’t actually done any of the work yet and don’t know when it will be done.  I certainly try to focus on those good days, because people need some sort of hope of the end of a project.  I try to find ways to mitigate those dependencies, maybe have some sort of interim solution in place instead, isolating that group.

End result is that long-term relationships get built, destroyed, and re-built over a project.  I am not one to throw someone under the bus, and sometimes tough calls have to be made.  We each go home at the end of the day, and we’re not exactly curing cancer.  The real end goal here is reputation and trust.  Saying you’ll do something by a certain date and keeping track of that date.  When a date slips and people know about it, people are working to correct it, then that builds some level of trust.  The opposite behavior degrades trust and makes conversations much more difficult in the future.  No one ever goes it alone, and it’s important to know past behavior will influence future.

Still a few months to go before the major delivery is done.  Quite a few good contacts and relationships made over the duration so far.  Some… maybe not so good.

By the end of this project, I expect a few news articles at the start of the new year, a lot of personal and professional growth, a team that has achieved more than they originally thought possible, and a big shift in the way our organization works on a daily basis.  And then a month-long vacation.

All if we can meet our deadlines.

Summer Time

Been a while since the last post.  A lot going on mind you.

  • Turned 30
  • Played about 15 rounds of golf
  • Headed camping
  • Built a new garden
  • Got a new AC installed
  • Planned a new landscape
  • Got rained on for what seems like 3 weeks

On top of all that, I’m in the 3rd Phase of P90X.  I hit the scale today about 10 times in a row thinking the damn thing was busted but I lost 4lbs in the last week.  More than that single number, I can feel it everywhere.  Clothes fit better, the programs are not so much easier but I can do more in them with more intensity.  Belt notches are being used that haven’t been used in over 10 years.  Wife seems to notice as well, so that’s a bonus.

The plan is to hit 190 before hockey starts near the end of September.  Heck, even if I started playing now I’d be faster and stronger but there’s something about having a target that pushes you harder.  Am I on pace?  Well, the first few months were less about losing weight and more about getting into shape, building the muscle needed to burn calories just sitting down.  I’ve got most of that done now and I’ve yet to change my caloric intake from what I had almost 3 months ago.  Basically I’m burning about 20% more calories in a day with the same intake, so the weight is going to come off a bit faster for the next few weeks.  By the end of August, I’ll re-adjust my diet to increase the carb/calorie proportions to reduce the weight loss and increase the endurance/muscle gain.  Feels great!

And on a completely disrespectful note:

– A woman asks: The next time my boyfriend asks me to make him a sandwhich, what would be a great comeback?

-A guy answers: Well

No More Meteor!

So ya, been really friking busy with all sorts of things.  Getting married in under 2 months, fun stuff but busy stuff.

I also can’t access this site from work, which is often times where I made my lunchtime updates.  Have to figure an alternative to that problem.

In the meantime, don’t Photoshop while drinking.

Been a while…

Been so damn busy…. anyhoot.

There’s a link on the left now to a Rogue Blog I started. It gives me a chance to write down some numbers for my guides and optimize some data.   So suffice it to say, yes I’m in the Beta and yes I have an active account. Refer a friend is gold, gold I tell you!!

In other news, Hell freezes over.

LHC Starts Up

So we’re smashing energy particles the size of grains of sand at just short the speed of light over the course of 27Kms at a temperature of -450C (~20 degrees from absolute zero).  Each hit does about 14 kilovolts of electricity (powelines are 100Kv).  Cameras takes 150mega pixel pictures, 600 times a second to find the Boson, a theoretical particle.

Why are we doing this?  Physics has yet to be unified, meaning we have multiple formulas and theories for various SIZES of items.  We know how atoms work (sort of), we know how human sized matter works (sort of), we know how planets work (sort of).  What we don’t know is how atoms interact with planets.

Think of it this way.  There are dozens of theories and it’s next to impossible to prove them because of scale (how do you test an atom vs a planet?).  The LHC will gives us a pointer in the proper direction, replicating what scientists believe the Big Bang was all about.  A vaccum, absolute cold, tiny particles at the speed of light.

It’s going to be quite the interesting tests!

The Dark Knight

I had the chance to see the new Batman movie tonight.  Now that is something else.  I thought Batman Begins was good but it’s a high school play compared to this.

A lot of people talk about Heath Ledger’s performance.  To be honest, it is really quite amazing.  He truly is a psychopath in every sense of the word.  Whenever he’s on screen you wince and squirm about his next move, his next line, his next thought.  We’ve seen criminals in the past, there was always rhyme and reason to them existing.  Not so with the Joker.  He is pure evil incarnate.  He has no goals but to see the world burn.

The movie has a great pace too.  Clocks in near 2.5hours with almost non-stop action throughout.  You only have a few moments to catch your breath and make sense of it all before the next act begins.  Seeing it in IMAX is the only option.  There’s just too much action on screen to shrink the perspective down.

Christian Bale is Batman.  There is no doubt.  Michael Cain is great as Alfred.  Maggie Gyllenhal is a good Rachel (my biggest gripe from the first film was Katie).  Aron Eckhart does a noble job as Two Face but it seems lacking in time when compared to the Joker, like he could have had more to do.

I am certainly returning to see it again.  Hopefully this week!