Archive for March, 2007

Network Performance Daily – Network Performance Blog : Editorial: Dungeons & Dragons & Networks
The greatest barrier to creativity is a lack of boundaries. Counter-intuitive – almost zen-like – but we’ve found it to be true.

And this is why people play Dungeons & Dragons (and similar games), and why network engineers often spend time putting out fires when they could be improving the network.

Interesting.  I find myself identifying with this assertion.  I’ve found myself (a great number of times) wallowing in the morass that is “no boundary land.”  I tend to thrive when I have a couple of insurmountable obstacles challenging me.

I think I prefer to put out fires, as well.

Moral of the story?  Maybe I need to start inventing boundaries for myself.  Or just imagine that there’s a Mind Flayer waiting outside my office for me if I don’t get the first quarter tax statements filed…


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Right Wing Nation has a “Brilliant” two minutes of video of John Edwards preening before a TV interview.  It’s gratuitous and petty, I know, but it’s still a hoot.

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Al Gore has been in the news quite a bit recently, in his (hypocritical) touting of environmental activism via a reduced carbon footprint.  Just Google it – I’m too lazy to link here.  Anyhoo, he’s sidestepped the issue by saying that he purchases “offsets” to reduce his footprint.  (Didn’t Martin Luther object to these back in 1517?  Never mind – those were “indulgences.”  Same difference.)

I can’t take credit for the offsets response which appears below, but suffice it to say that I agree 100% with the thesis: offsets are a load of crap.  From The Opinion Journal:

With all of the concern about carbon “footprint” these days, I’ve decided to start my own carbon offset business to help the wealthy feel less guilty about their extravagance. Perhaps you would be kind enough to publicize my venture.

My business model is to don the hair shirt of self-denial in exchange for cash payment so that my clients can lead fuller, more enriching lives without worrying about carbon dioxide. And, just so there’s no question about the validity of the offset, I’m not building wind farms or giving away fluorescent light bulbs. No, I’m offering to forgo real pleasures so that others may enjoy them.

A few examples from my brochure:

Want to fly to Paris in your Gulfstream? Hey, who doesn’t–but the kind of CO2 emissions from a trip like that will come back to haunt you when global warming hits. But what if you persuaded someone else to cancel a similar trip? That’s where I come in: For a modest fee of $10,000, I won’t fly to Paris on a Gulfstream this spring, so your trip will be carbon-neutral, and you can stroll guilt-free along the Champs Elysées.

Though it’s getting tougher and tougher to impress the ladies with a car these days, they still swoon for something really exclusive, like the $1.4 million Bugatti Veyron. But how can you sell your commitment to the Earth when you’re behind the wheel of a 1,000-horsepower machine that, at its top speed of 230 mph, sucks up 26 gallons of gas in just 12 minutes? Easy. Let me do the conserving in a three-year-old Camry while you get busy in the Bugatti. For $70,000–just a 5% premium over sticker price–I won’t buy a Veyron at any time in the next five years.

Household electrical usage is in the news this week after we learned that a prominent Democrat spends 10 times the U.S. average on his electric bill. Of course, more electricity means more fuel burned in a power plant and more CO2 spewed into the air, and that’s just the kind of attention you don’t need. So what are you going to do about that fabulous 2,500-square-foot addition you just got back from the architects? Quit fretting and tell the builder to get started! Your added carbon footprint will be neutralized because, for $25,000, I’ll scratch my add-on plans for 10 years.

With some cooperation and ingenuity, we can be back in the Little Ice Age in no time!

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