Archive for December, 1996
“Nature abhors a schedule.” – My friend and retired colleague Bill Williams
What do computer viruses and science fiction have in common? Answer: my recent columns on these two topics both generated lively Forum discussions on InfoWorld Electric. So here’s Round 2 on these subjects, based on the Forum discussions. My column asking whether the risk of computer viruses was overstated created something of a stir in […]
“The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” – Robert M. Pirsig
I’ve always been jealous of people who regularly experience vivid, colorful dreams. I dream rarely (or rarely remember, which amounts to the same thing). When I do, it’s usually when I’m managing a project on a tight schedule. Then I dream, in artistic black-and-white, that I’ve accidentally killed someone and I’m desperately trying to hide […]
ManagementSpeak: You obviously put a lot of work into this. Translation: This is awful. The contributor of this week’s gem prefers to remain anonymous.
Every so often I think about taking the bus. I’d like to be socially responsible, reducing our country’s dependence on foreign oil imports and lowering my personal contribution to atmospheric pollution. Regrettably, my irregular schedule discourages the practice. After 5pm, the bus runs only once an hour, and if you’ve ever stood outside in a […]
“His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of curiosity.” – Comment in an anonymous British Officer Fitness Report, sent my way by reader Barb Kirby.
In graduate school, while I monitored electric fish, my friend Henry McDermott watched prairie chickens mate. Male prairie chickens congregate in an area the size of a suburban lawn called a “lek”. The highest-status male grabs a territory the size of a kitchen table in the middle. The others array themselves outward from there, in […]