Twas the Night Before Analysis or A Visit from the Chief Data Scientist

‘Twas the night before analysis, when all thro’ the lab Not a consultant was stirring, no more coffee to grab The algorithms were coded in the system with care In hopes that the data soon would be there The analysts were restless, tired and half dead Visualizations of regressions danc’d in their heads Tech support… Continue reading Twas the Night Before Analysis or A Visit from the Chief Data Scientist

Kissing Cousins? There’s an App for That

When technology is invented, the creators cannot possibly foresee how the technology will be used or what needs it will satisfy. In Iceland, where everyone is related in some way, there is an App that allows you to determine if that person you are chatting up at the local is closely related to you.  It can save… Continue reading Kissing Cousins? There’s an App for That

Nuclear Rednecks

When you think about it, nuclear technology is quite old. At one time, magnets were the height of science. Now they hold up art work on your fridge. Many people reading this will remember when lasers were the stuff of science fiction. Today you probably came into contact with six devices that use lasers. Despite… Continue reading Nuclear Rednecks

Help! Christmas is Ruined!

With the Christmas season upon us (Yes, Christmas.  If you are offended please move along.) we are being bombarded with Christmas specials.  Almost all of the more recent ones are a variation of “How (insert name of cartoon character available at your store for $39.99) saved Christmas.” I had no idea Christmas was that fragile.  As an adult,… Continue reading Help! Christmas is Ruined!

Rational Man Saga 6 – Zen and the Art of Selling Quality

The signs and portents were there.  The newspaper that landed in the mud puddle, the spilt coffee and the unusually high number of black cats that crossed his path on his way to work.  To him, they were just events and not warnings of something more ominous for he was the Rational Man. The Company… Continue reading Rational Man Saga 6 – Zen and the Art of Selling Quality

Rational Man 5 – Dancing on the Head of a Pin

“Quality losses?” the Declarative Executive asked skeptically. “But quality is a good thing?” “Yes.” The Rational Man replied. “A loss is a bad thing.” “Yes.” “So a quality loss is both good and bad at the same time?” The Declarative Executive was opposed to the new quality initiative being led by the Rational Man. The… Continue reading Rational Man 5 – Dancing on the Head of a Pin

Rational Man Saga 4 – Indiana Jones and the Archive of Doom

“Process models and procedures. Process models and procedures.” the Antiquarian mumbled to herself as she shuffled along the walls of binders. “Not much call for that these days.” She hacked out. The Antiquarian rustled down the aisles with tremendous certainty. She was the lone Archivist for the Company and the knowledge of this domain was… Continue reading Rational Man Saga 4 – Indiana Jones and the Archive of Doom

Rational Man Saga 3 – Crunched Numbers

The Orbcrest Award. Companies that receive the award have achieved the highest levels of quality and performance.  As world-class leaders in their industry, they are looked upon as the example to follow; the goal to strive towards. This was not one of those companies. The Rational Man had been hired to promote the idea of… Continue reading Rational Man Saga 3 – Crunched Numbers