Friday, November 26, 2004


Christmas season and the usual push to make people in this country spend too much. The credit card helps here, of course - 1325 has been basking in this success of that idea for nearly half a century now, and, to be fair, it was a pretty effective idea. It's caused more suffering and bankruptcies than just about anything else. And of course the Casino thing is pretty good too - well done 1864, who apparently sold the idea to Clone 44 personally. That's what I call initiative! - and he even got the Clone to support it in public - here's the link.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

British Car Industry

Bit of running around this morning after the announcement of the Chinese buying Rover
We really should have seen that one coming. Destroying manufacturing industry here is only a small part of Workstream 16, but it's an important one. 1404 was pretty miffed: he's been working on that project for decades. In all his time as a management consultant, he claims to have destroyed over half a million jobs and closed down fifty companies. He went off muttering that he'll get the bastards yet.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Traffic Light Analysis

At last managed to get round to some change management work. Sat down with the handbook "Wanting to Change" and tried to work through it, but I was getting distracted all the time. Eventually went for my first Medical Stocktake this morning. The doctor peeled back the part of the skin over my forearm where the lights are which show how ready we are. Not very good, I have to say - five reds and a orange. The doctor tutted and asked me what I was going to do.
"I need some time off" I said. He shrugged.
"You need to re-prioritise".

Friday, November 12, 2004

Why Stove-pipes are Bad and Cross-Cutting is Good

Went to an anti-stove-pipe seminar this week,which reminded me how much of the vocabulary of management is literally translated from the Lyran. Long ago, Lyran villages were heated from underground heat-sources (Lyra is very volcanic) , by driving metal pipes about a metre wide hundreds of metres into the earth. The problem of course was that these stove-pipes (as they were called) were separated from each other, and if the one by your house hadn't hit a heat-source, then you would freeze. So people were lowered down on ropes to make connections between stove-pipes (cross-cutting it was called). Simple really.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Found Out - But Who Cares?

Lots of rushing around this morning when somebody saw the article on how Bush was being manipulated during one of the Presidential debates. The photo is pretty scary - these Earthlings are a bit cleverer than we thought. Here's the link
But when entities calmed down, they realised that actually it really didn't matter any more. Bush was elected the Device was removed and returned, and we're moving more people into the White House all the time. So in spite of what Earthlings say, you can fool all of the people all of the time.

Thursday, November 04, 2004


If Lyrans gave parties, we all be pretty legless by now. But even so, there's a lot of quiet satisfaction oozing from Upstairs about the election results. We had the first results for The Project this morning. The US economy is now expected to collapse around June 2007, which means that we can take over the aerospace industry by the end of the year. And what that means is that we should be able to start the starship programme at the latest by 2015. It's hard to believe, but after all of these centuries we could be on our way out of this shit-hole.

Monday, November 01, 2004

More Problems with Clone 44

Tense Senior Management Board this morning - my report on GM didn't even get reached. The Just Nuke America and Start Again lobby were out in force, but were eventually headed off through some skilful chairmanship from 275. But the real problem is Clone 44. It was programmed to suck up to the US President of the day without conscious thought (apparently boarding-school trauma is useful here). But the programmers forgot what happens when the outcome of an election isn't clear and either could win. Clone 44 apparently spends a lot of time sitting in a catatonic state unable to decide whose boots to lick. As 1683 said, this is manageable for a few more days. But what happens if there's no clear result in the US elections?