Sunday, 20 October 2013

By on October 20th, 2013 in earth science, science kits

11:11 – I’m writing up lab sessions for the earth science kit. To meet the end-of-year deadline for a first draft of the manual, I need to complete two or three lab sessions per week from now until the end of the year. I can do two or even three short, simple lab sessions per day, but a longer or more complicated one might take two or three days, or even longer. Still, the goal isn’t to have a finished manual and kit by December 31st. It’s to have a rough draft of the manual and a prototype kit assembled. That should be doable.

7 Comments and discussion on "Sunday, 20 October 2013"

  1. SteveF says:

    That should be doable.

    … until something interrupts or something goes wrong and everything is thrown into tummult for days or months.

    Not scoffing at your projections of feasibility, of course. I’m shaking my fist at the world, and in particular Murphy and Finagle, for the unnecessary difficulty in getting a single thing done in anything resembling a timely fashion.

  2. Miles_Teg says:


    A TransACT techo has just left here. My Internet has been down since Thursday lunchtime. I’m still not completely sure what was wrong. He said that there was a fault at the “supernode”, which I assume is in a junction box in the street somewhere serving a number of residences. He also replaced the modem and fiddled under the roof where the cable enters the house, saying that my speed would be increased as a result. I’m not sure if the modem replacement was necessary or just an added bonus but I’m still miffed to have been off the air for four days. I’m also annoyed that I’m *always* told that if the problem is my fault there’s a service charge ($120 this time) but if it’s *their* fault then *they* don’t suffer a penalty not do I get a rebate. I’m reluctant to call the call centre about this as I’ll just end up talking to someone who can’t say “yes”. Lots of sympathy, I’m sure, but no satisfaction.

    This is the first time in two or three years that this has happened, but it’s still very frustrating.

  3. OFD says:

    Just like the banks and insurance companies; if the fault is theirs, tough shit. If it’s yours, there’s a penalty, fee, whatever.

    Mrs. OFD is now in Memphis for the week. A bit warmer than here. And one hour behind. 53 and dropping but no frost warnings yet.

  4. Lynn McGuire says:

    BTW, I am glad that the Repubs and the Rats settled their differences and passed a three month budget and punted the debt ceiling. Now we get to see what a nightmare Obamacare is. My prediction is unfixable in less than 12 months. Maybe 24 months. You just cannot develop that intricate of software that quickly.

  5. OFD says:

    My reading on it was that the sw was not that complex or intricate; they did not load-test and they rushed it into implementation with unseemly haste and carelessness. The top bitch running the show is apparently sacrosanct and frenches with Barry so she’s golden. The Stupid Half did as expected and yes, the can has been kicked down the road yet again. The top dogs will skim off the system just as long as they can before they cut out and leave the rest of us in the shit. None of them will pay any price for what they’re doing to us.

    This was designed for failure deliberately; now we’ll see what they really intend to do.

  6. OFD says:

    “The writing is on the wall for private pensions. Once the dollar becomes too weakened by the printing of vast amounts of them in order to finance Washington’s budget deficit and to support the solvency of “banks too big too fail,” QE will have to end. Desperate for money to fill the gap, Washington will turn to confiscation of private assets should any be left after the coming economic collapse.”

  7. Miles_Teg says:

    Lynn wrote:

    “You just cannot develop that intricate of software that quickly.”

    Ya reckon if I wrote an admiring letter to Obummer he’d give me a job cutting code for Obummercare? Writing and testing code (preferably Pascal, Fortran or assembler) is like eating, drinking and breathing to me. And I could get some of the evil guns you guys are always on about. Pity I’d probably lose them all in the Potomac… 🙂

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