July 11th, 2006


Freaking Managers

So yesterday we are supposed to be getting setup to work with SGI and get working on solving a problem, which seems to deal with IRIX reclaiming mlocked pages, or CXFS file cache reclaims or something techincal like that. The end result is the OS kills our application and we don't even get an error message or anything.

They cancelled my trip so I could help with this. Okay.. 7:30 meeting in my office where everyone comes by with their issues for the day. 9am meeting with George and SGI where george hands of the task to me and briefs SGI at the same time. 10am meeting with other leads to get up to speed on everyone elses favorite problem. 10:30 I managed Bill for an hour. Ate lunch. Read email. Looked at the data george made reference to. 1pm meeting with whole team including call ins. 2pm telecon with SGI to find out how much progress we have made and what tests were tried, etc. Not much to report because the system was still being setup/installed. Maybe by later that day. 3pm. Actually on the system and trying to see if it works. Some mount points still wrong. Cancel install, fix mount point, try again and again and again. 5pm. Check email on the way home. Find out there was supposed to be a 4pm status meeting.

WTF it had only been an hour since the last status meeting, how many do we need to have per day?
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Bang Crash

Wow, a section of the Big Dig tunnel between Boston and Logan Airport collapsed. I saw signs on the pike indicating detours getting to the airport. Well, the tunnel held up for, what, a month? It was only a 15 meter section that collapsed. Right out of the ceiling, crushed some car and killed someone.

NPR reported the tunnel will be closed in both directions for at least today while they invesitgate. Local and federal investigators. More crappy materials no doubt.

Tax dollars well spent.


The picture doesn't look that bad. Too bad someone got killed. Sounds like some sort of steel support in the ceiling gave way.
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I guess with things as bad as they are W has got to try and look on the bright side. We are only estimated to be $296 billion over budget instead of $423 billion as predicted 6 months ago. Well, that means we are still WAY over budget. If that happened here we'd be up to our necks in meetings to try and figure out why we can't predict a budget 6 months into the future.

I'd prefer if the US / congress could only spend the amount brought in the previous year. In times of decline you could still go into debt, but not nearly as much. In times of growth you would work off the national debt, which is at $8,417,268,739,834.99 at the time I wrote this. Check it out at http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/

The estimated population of the United States is 299,082,103 so each citizen's share of this debt is $28,143.67. Damn, we jsut had a 4th family member, so my family's share($112,574.68) is a bit more than I can afford to pay right now.

4th family member, not 4th kid.
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