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San Francisco Carnaval parade

November 17th, 2006

Over The Weekend
Friday. Well, it's been a while, hasn't it? The data center move I mentioned in my last entry begins tomorrow at midnight and is scheduled for completion by Sunday noon. Twelve hours. There's no question it won't be done, there's no way we can let it fail, but it could be dead man out in the sun ugly. All of which is background chatter to my own current unrelated project. I'm not doing a great job with this thing and the observer part of me is noting ways that it could be done better. But I don't. Make the changes. Do it better. The observer in me sees what's going on and says, well, if you were a real project manager you'd do this and this and this, ticking them off on his fingers. Do you spend your days ticking things off on your fingers? I thought not. Me neither, here in Oakland.

Some things can rapidly become stale with repetition.

I have no idea what you're talking about. I'm going in this weekend, of course, to catch up on my own project, partake of the food they will be bringing in for the data center move and watching how they bring it off. Quite honestly, for all the hundreds of computers moving between data centers, only the mainframes really count. Ninety percent of the business runs on the mainframes (even now in the web enabled 21st Century) and if they can get those suckers fired up and running life will be swell. Failure of the Windows and Unix systems will cause a lot of damage, but it won't bring the organization down. Once it's done, once everything is in its place and operational, they're going to lay most of us off, of course, the jobs going overseas. Still, you don't want to walk away from a pile of ashes when you were a member of the fire department, not that it would affect your prospects, since failure doesn't seem to matter anymore in America. Still, you want to keep your ego intact, better to bring it off.

Yet you say you aren't making the changes required to bring your own project off?

Why do you think I'm heading in over the weekend?

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco Carnaval parade with a Nikon D2X mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR Nikkor lens at 1/250th, f 2.8, ISO 100.