From: Eric Jacobsen on
On 5/19/2010 2:00 PM, Rune Allnor wrote:
> On 19 Mai, 22:21, Eric Jacobsen<eric.jacob...(a)> wrote:
>> If you have the right people, or know how to modularize tasks
>> or manage a program better than the previous team, adding more people or
>> other resources can definitely shrink a schedule under the right
>> circumstances. I *like* the fact that a lot of people don't know how
>> to do that and others write books saying it doesn't work. You only need
>> to demonstrate the capability a few times (and know when you can apply
>> it and when you can't) to give yourself (and your clients/customers) a
>> nice advantage when it comes into play.
> You are playing with fire!
> You only need one idiot above you in your chain of command, who have
> seen you do that king of thing but who does *not* understand what you
> did or how, to make your life a misery.
> Similarly, if you are the head chief you'd better be certain you
> know and understand the skills and capabilities of your subordinates.
> Once you have this single idiot *somewhere* in the chain, making
> appointments on somebody else's behalf, to repeat their star
> performance
> but in a situation where no improvements to the present state can be
> made, you are well and truly screwed. The specialist's reputation as
> an engineer is gone since he will be percieved as 'difficult' for not
> complying to the project. In the process one basically will be
> indicating
> that the idiot who made the appointment is, well, an idiot, and you
> will
> more than likely be ending up searching for a new carreer. No matter
> if
> you are the idiot or the specialist.
> Rune

If one cannot even figure out how to manage one's own strengths, one is
certainly doomed. I'm beginning to understand your grumpiness.

Eric Jacobsen
Minister of Algorithms
Abineau Communications
From: dvsarwate on

Rick Lyons previously quoted:

> "When I use a word, 'Humpty Dumpty said, in
rather a scornful tone,` it means just what I
choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."
--Humpty Dumpty in Chapter VI
of 'Through the Looking Glass'
by Lewis Carroll

and then asked Jerry
>  What's the half-sandwich fallacy?

to which Jerry replied

> When you're famished, nothing is better than a good four-course meal.
> Still, half a sandwich is better than nothing. Using the symbol > to
> mean "better than", we have the relation
>       (half sandwich) > (nothing) > (full meal),
>       ergo (half sandwich) > (full meal). QED

which puts me in mind of the *next* chapter of
"Through the Looking Glass" where we find

"Who did you pass on the road?" the King went on,
holding out his hand to the Messenger for some hay.

"Nobody" said the Messenger.

"Quite right" said the King: "this young lady saw him
too. So of course Nobody walks slower than you."

"I do my best" the Messenger said in a sullen tone:
"I am sure nobody walks much faster than I do!"

"He ca'n't do that" said the King: "or else he'd have
been here first....."

From: Mark on

> Nine women can't make one baby in one month.  But a fertile woman and a
> fertile man will make one baby in a hell of a lot less time than nine
> frustrated men and no women at all!
> --
> Tim Wescott
> Control system and signal processing

wow, you could turn that into a great sales pitch...

without me, your staff is like 9 frustrated women trying to make a

you need to hire me cause....... "I am da man!"


From: Tim Wescott on
Greg Berchin wrote:
> On Wed, 19 May 2010 12:31:04 -0700, Tim Wescott <tim(a)> wrote:
>> If you just have
>> to have four discernible seasons then New England.
> Winter, mud, Summer, and mud. If you're lucky, Summer falls on a weekend.

Aw c'mon. That's Winter, Mud and green new leaves, Summer, Mud and
leaves all over the ground.

>> And you'll be (mostly) valued for what you can do, not (much) for who
>> your daddy was or where you went to school.
> Unless you move to Boston.

Only in the higher circles. In the engineering trenches, they value merit.

Tim Wescott
Control system and signal processing consulting
From: Walter Banks on

Rick Lyons wrote:

> The next time your potential customer comments in a
> negative way about your consulting fee, consider saying
> the following to your customer:
> "Yes, professionals are expensive. However, try
> doing the job with amateurs."

As one friend of mine said of open software tools,
"I can't afford free"


Walter Banks
Byte Craft Limited