The tag line. Of this blog. Up there, it includes “random thoughts.” Originally, it contained “randome” thoughts. The Word Press theme editor didn’t have spell checking nine years ago. I know how to spell “random” but sometimes, keys get in the way of my fingers and I end up with extra letters at the end of words. Fortunately, none of you were here for my first blog post.
I’m turning to random things, because, although Mondays are normally a day for my more serious thoughts, it’s hard to go down that road and ignore the elephant
in the room stomping around the globe, and I don’t want to add to the serious reading we’ve all been doing on that subject. I was thinking of sharing some funny stories based on blog posts I read this weekend. I got that idea after reading John Howell’s “Views of the Neighborhood” post (it was hard not to type “Bourbon” after John Howell’s). John’s post included a dress form and a baby doll dress form, which reminded me of a scary story.
Years ago, I was in our neighbor’s house (which is now our house) to feed their dog while they were away. I had asked if I could look at some construction in their basement. I went into the basement, and I stepped into a room that was under the front door. I was planning to see how a small addition had been framed, but instead, I nearly had a heart attack. The woman had a dress form in that room. It had a dress tossed over it and one of those Styrofoam heads people use for wigs stuck on top. She had placed a cheap wig on it and drawn on a creepy face with a marker. I left with my heart racing after deciding I could figure out the framing on my own.
Of course, I’ve been reading a lot of coronavirus news. Early on, there was mention of the fact that it didn’t seem to be affecting children. This led alleged intelligent media analysts to speculate as to why. It led me straight to “The Deadly Years” an episode of the original Star Trek series in which the landing party – always made up of the key members of the bridge crew and one or more expendable crew member (sorry Lt. Galway) – was experiencing rapid aging after beaming down to Gamma Hydra IV. But Ensign Chekov wasn’t affected, even though he was a member of the landing party. Dr. McCoy ran a battery of tests on Chekov and discovered that his immunity was related to being scared by the sight of a dead body. The good doctor concocted an adrenaline-based compound and cured the crew just in time for Captain Kirk to bluff their way past a Romulan warship. Ripping good stuff.
On a more, and then decidedly less serious note, I have been reading a lot about the thought-process and the actual process involved in framing a response to this virus. That led me to think of process flow and project management. In general terms, a project is supposed to go like this.
Then again, I spent my career involved with the development of computer systems. At my very first job, at Burroughs Corporation in 1978, I was introduced to this version of the normal project flow.
That diagram could have been applied to the majority of systems development projects I was involved with in the following 42 year.
Let’s hope this project proceeds along the more ideal process flow and that it winds its way to an early, successful conclusion. I wish everyone involved with all aspects of this worldwide effort all the best, and I offer them my gratitude. And I wish each and every one of you a healthy future.