The Well-Architected Framework For Business and Professions In The Virtual Realm

The reason for working in the virtual realm in manufacturing has always been dreadfully obvious to anyone who looked at what kinds of analysis were possible by running computer simulations … of course, continual back-and-forth interaction with the physical realm is dreadfully important to validate the models used, but NOW that computing processing power and storage have become so incredibly scalable and affordable, it is really time to BE IMMERSED in the virtual realm for anything in the mfg sector.

If you are not there, the time has come to emigrate to the virtual realm … actually, the time was probably a couple decades ago, but GET GOING … especially, now the rest of the world has finally caught on … it’s too costly to drive to ALL of those meetings AND the people who demand a physical meeting are the ones who don’t care about anyone else’s time, so those physical meetings really need to be avoided now… regardless of where you are based geographically at least 99.999% of your potential customers or clients are farther away than your computer [and they don’t really want a daily or hourly personal visit from you either] … the time emigrate to the virtual realm is OVERDUE.

There are some principles to remember:

  • DISTRIBUTED version control means GIT … figure out a plan for MASTERING Git and then work every single day at making better use of distributed version control and working in the realm of open source repositories and code libraries.  Git Deep!
  • Do NOT overinvest for capacity/equipment you think that you’ll need … use JIT infrastructure.
  • Test systems at production scale using a production-scale test environment … the key thing to do is to overcome your own path dependent thinking and get out of the ruts that you’ve created, especially if you have stayed in the same old comfortable track or comfort zone. Develop your own Disruptive Engine …
  • Demand rapidly evolutionary architectures — encourage agility and rapid evolution. Fail in protected sandboxes and then analyze tear down your failures and rebuild … if you don’t have broken pieces, you are not trying. Plan forward without commiting but your will REQUIRE readiness in terms of your system’s ability to deliver changing business requirements
  • Regularly schedule dress-rehearsal scrimmages with real people who CARE, ideally these “game days” are with people who might have some “skin in the game” such as beta customers who have asked for a new feature … continually do HEAVILY-SUPPORTED launch events with REAL customers [and “real” means the PAYING kind who won’t settle for crap] to simulate function in production@scale.  If you don’t have a showtime big event, then pretend until you do with chaos monkey simulations.

Why your life should be grounded in Reality and why THAT means that your business should be moving to the virtual realm

Compare the performance of $NVDA or $AMZN to $MSFT over the last year, five years or decade … and then compare $MSFT to a company not quite as adept at supply OTHER companies [like Netflix with infrastructure for the virtual realm] like $GOOG or maybe one that’s not quite ass proficient like $IBM, $AAPL or $FB … then look at some the old school competitors that still have customers $INTC, $HPQ, $ORCL but maybe are not at the top of their game.  Even the weaker among THOSE will still better than average at participating in the migration to the virtual realm.  Compare all of the stocks that have had a significant presence in the virtual realm to the Dow, S&P 500 or NASDAQ indices over the last year, five years or decade … the more far-sighted, more efficient, better at adding to shareholder value strategy is about moving aggressively to the virtual realm.

That is NOT primarily about globalism or serving billions of customers … that migration to the virtual realm and exploiting sharing computing/storage resources as key enabling utilities is about the REALITY of information and logistics … it’s not about transporting containers of things or hauling loads of people around, it’s about working smarter and producing an consuming in a more information-rich, more mindful manner.  Smart production / consumption is mostly about moving/selling/exploiting information and rapidly finding the best available option or best available partner anywhere … in order to spend more time in the most important facets of one’s Reality.


The journaling of 1000 meditations begins with the first list of wild ideas

A daily meditation or journaling topic is kind of a big part of being “in control of the projector” in order to be somewhat in control of what kind of things occupy one’s mind … if one’s mind is adrift or programmed by what is on the radio or television or favorite newscast, then one is basically being hypnotized by someone else … it is not a matter of whether or not you will be hypnotized or programmed, it is entirely about who controls the programing … WHO is “in control of the projector” in your mind?

Daily journaling or daily writing helps one to EMPTY and train the brain … in a way that simply consuming content absolutely does not.  Of course, it’s not exactly as easy as just getting a yellow pad or some sort of writing apparatus to just start journaling … although, getting a pad to scribble on and just daydream is probably kind of a big part of it for most people … there are indeed ideas that flow better if one is just doodling … it’s important to put things down on paper and then, at some point in the future, just throw away the paper … the PROCESS of meditating, journaling, doodling is what matters … when you are doing anything, it’s always a matter of optimizing your PROCESS for doing that thing, ie if it doesn’t work for you to scribble a yellow pad, don’t scribble — if it works, then scribble and improve YOUR process of scribbling.

Another part of the PROCESS is how one “plucks from air” the ideas that shape one’s daily mental discipline.  There are different approaches to this … but in my case, my PROCESS depends upon brainstorming a very long list of topics … it’s maybe somewhat tough to do at first, but the important thing is to capture those ideas for topics THROUGHOUT the day and night as they pop into one’s consciousness … practically this means that one might have a working brainstormed list [or two or three] of 1000 ideas … of course, the brainstorming PROCESS demands that the ideas should be categorized and regularly reviewed.  A categorization hierarchy that might work is the ABCD categorization hierarchy, but you can devise your own PROCESSS.  It might look something like this the following … A: Timely and easy to journal on, write as immediately as possible; B: An idea that requires a fair amount of reading, trial-and-error, conversations with key individuals or some sort of analysis or research; C: An idea that will require outside assistance or some sort of triggering event in order to be well-formed enough to warrant journaling; D: Wild outlier ideas that might be useful or valuable for journaling some day, but for now they are just there for for provoking thought.  The other part of the brainstorming PROCESS is to prioritize and then sort the ideas within each category … priortization is increasingly necessary as the list grows in size to become otherwise overwhelming.  Journal posts do not have to be given topical tags at first … but tagging might make a lot of sense AFTER writing, review and editing of the posts.

Many people might make the mistake of getting ahead of themselves or of getting too caught up in the OUTPUT of the process before even getting started. We should realize that more most people, the OUTPUT that someone actually produces is ONLY for the person who wrote it — not for anyone else.  OUTPUT for other human beings does not ordinarily just crap itself fully formed onto the page, but remember that there are 86,400 seconds in a day … ideas are streaming through one’s consciousness each waking moment but those ideas are also being processed by one’s subconscious during one’s sleep … one doesn’t tightly control the subconscious, but one does “load the hopper” during one’s waking moments.  That means that each second throughout the day — but those ideas can be of no value to one or to anyone else until AFTER they are first captured, then played with and shaped and reformed and edited into something resembling an actionable idea.

NO ONE has one actionable idea after another … NO ONE … anyone who imagines that every idea is actionable is almost certainly a grandiose buffoon or worse, if actually empowered by a government and followers, that person is, like Hitler, a DANGEROUS megalomaniac … the unfortunate Reality of our mass media culture is that this narcissistic personality disorder is strongly encouraged and expanded by the ERRONEOUS perception that the thoughts of some expert or high priest or fearless leader are more important than what one is thinking about, about how one’s own thoughts are being transformed into action … NOTHING is built by any government — EVERY LAST THING that humans build is built by an individual, even if that individual is a slave or hireling whose work is paid for with the revenues that have been stolen from individuals.

Scaling That Insurmountable Wall Known As Daily Journaling

You should be journaling on a daily basis … this post is about you and why you will get out more from your daily journaling than what you put in and there is a strong likelihood that your journaling activity will be more important than anything else that you can do with your time if only because it will help you to reflect upon the other things that you are doing with time and make those things better.  Journaling is perhaps not fashionable any more — it used to be and humans have not really changIed, but the effectiveness of hysterical wasters of your time have become much more proficient in the industry of destroying your focus and the control that you have over your own mind.  Of course, this matters because if you imagine that you can allow others to be in control of your mind, you are either profoundly ignorant or stupid beyond comprehension.

In the old days, the big thinkers like Marcus Aurelius or Henry David Thoreau or Hemingway understood why one has to write every day … to express ideas, then edit and clarify those ideas for others.  One does not write in order to become Marcus Aurelius or Henry David Thoreau or Hemingway OR to be mentioned in anything resembling the same breath as someone with orders of magnitude less writing talent than them … one writes in one’s daily journal in order to become the person one aspires to be when one looks in the mirror on one’s most aspirational days … just as if one wants to become smarter, it is NECESSARY to read a lot more — if one wants to express oneself, there is no substitute for writing or sketching or doing a lot more of one’s art.

Of course, we all have very good reasons why we don’t like to write every day. It is incredibly tough — but it is something that we NEED to do. No one person pointed out the NEED to for me to do this to me … although a couple of my more creative friends have probably done more to bring it to my attention [that since I admired their thought processes, I should be doing more to imitate them] … it’s not really something that was driven by one event or an immediate realization; it was not like stepping on the scale and seeing a big increase OR looking in the mirror and realizing that one is not exactly in the kind of shape one wants to be in … no moment of epiphany or shock … it has been  more of a slow creeping realization and maybe a realization that I strongly resisted at first.  But I have been reminded again and again, several times over that I really need to write more … it’s not really that anyone is going to read much of what I write … it’s that I really need the PRACTICE … maybe I really will NEED it someday in order to get anything at all across.

A person who wants to write needs to write every single day … and also write what other folks would think of as AN F of A LOT every day … it doesn’t hurt to aspire to some ridiculous goal like a million words a year even if you might not want to just write for some attaining some sort of arbitrary quantitative goal … the objective is to write more, work at writing better, do more to get your ideas across, ideally with a LOT fewer words — but that will require a lot of Strunk and White, editing and practicing on style … in other words, the POINT of writing a lot is to generate the material to practice upon to develop one’s personal style … like Hemingway’s EXCEPT, your style has to be YOUR style and that ain’t gonna happen without a ton of practice.  Maybe at first, you might just want to start writing EVERY DAY … and that might mean just starting with something more reasonable and attainable, like maybe 400 words a day and work up to the point where your output is a 1000, 2000, 3000 or maybe more words per day … of course, that means that you’re going to need to COUNT words … of course, there’s website for word counting

A person who wants to get in the habit of writing is not just going to start writing … sure, for maybe a week or so … but to really get in the habit of writing every single day, a person needs to load the hopper with a lot of daily triggers for the future days when the ideas don’t come, that means starting with a big list of daily journaling ideas and then to work at sustaining the habit and that means adding to brainstormed list of future daily journaling ideas every single day … in my case, that means that TOMORROW will be the day when I publish my list of what I will be writing about in the coming year.

Why People Don’t Like It When You Try to Change

It may not come as much of surprise to people who find me annoying is that I do try pretty danged hard to CHANGE … of course, there are lots of folks who are really stubborn about never having their cheese moved so they are pretty recalcitrant when it comes to never changing or wanting to ever change, never admitting that they have changed and never EVER understanding why change [especially change that is not entirely under one’s control] is a good thing. These people want you to be the same person which they thought or hoped that you were fifty years ago … old, brittle, feeble, WEAK minds hate change.

Of course, change doesn’t happen without a little butterfly somewhere in the Amazon fapping its wings like mad and creating a Category 5 hurricane … but you can’t just wait around for the hurricane, you have to try to find the damned butterfly … so I have my ways, today while I am working through different stuff … this little cheery, uplifting article pops up into my little chaotic newsfeed somehow … this feed represents a carefully curated pissstream of the collective consciousness of idiotic uplifting hackery and pop psych chicanery, which gives me direction in these troubled times by AVOIDING the banal mind poison.

Of course, I am completely fine with the state of the world however the fuck it unravels itself into, of course, but it seems that almost everyone or certainly way too many people are really TROUBLED by stuff which just does not matter at all … should not matter to anyone, but certainly NOT to me, like the government shutdown … so I spy the title and of course I am curious if I have missed any tricks in the art getting people to be really pissed off, to let it out, to blow their stacks lance the infected carbuncle which they are single-handedly responsible for turning their lives into.
The article talks about encouraging friends to try new things (which probably can be annoying enough, with just a bit of repetition) … asking for their opinion (which is basically about faking it and I can see where that would get under anyone’s skin PDQ-like) … TACTFULLY pointing out both strengths and weaknesses in a positive way …
And, then it hits me … that little thoughtlet of an idea fragment stops me like being hit with a hacked loogie from someone dying from H1N1 … TACTfully … tact full … that’s ME … well, maybe I can do better—I thought that I was full enough of tact before … but if I try harder, I can be completely full of TACT!  Completely FULL of sweetness and civility … that’d be a change!
And that … fellars, lady fellars and fellarettes … is why this whole business of “a return of civility” is just PC weaponized-as-fuck passive-aggressive psychodrama that might just push everyone over the edge into the armageddon we all deserve.

Windfarms are an unsustainable alternative

We are now beginning to get actual production data from Germany which represents the most recent and currently available (September 2017) data from what is currently the world’s most significant, largest scale installation of windfarms.

Germany has 27,000 wind turbines installed … along with a lot photovoltaics … which provide over 96 GW of fully operational, latest renewable-energy technology, power generating capacity.  What the actual production data show is that in a typical [but hardly worst-case] month like September, 2017, the peak load power demand in Germany was 72 GW.  One might think that wind/solar would be sufficient … but in actuality, there are issues delivering theoretical capacity — so the ACTUAL production capacity delivered by wind/solar was just 0.6 GW … or less than 1% of peak load demand.

In other words, the tendency of wind/solar to be unavailable at peak load means that the utilities must maintain fully operational and ready [within 1 millisecond] power plants that actually reliably provide power upon demand.  Relying upon wind/solar in Iowa will necessarily lead to ROUTINE power outages because it is reasonable to expect that Iowa’s windfarms will not perform as well as those in Germany.   There are often complete wind droughts during periods of Iowa’s most intense heat/humidity which drive its peak demand in summer … there are also periods of excessively high winds in Iowa’s winters that result in braking or shutdown of wind turbines during periods of intense cold that drive peak demand in winter … and there are other things about Iowa’s typically atypical weather — not just tornados, but other things like greater turbulence leading to greater numbers of lightning strikes or Iowa’s prairie wind gusts that will exacerbate the expected need for repairs/maintenance seen in Germany … ALL combine for much greater than expected periods of nonoperational generating capacity.

Of course, the reality that actual production drives economics means we should ultimately expect that Iowa’s windfarms will be quicker to cease operations than others in more hospitable climates.  It should come as no surprise that renewable energy is not free from impacts, but most do not anticipate the largest impact which comes at the time of decommissioning.  Prior experience, in better climates such as California, tells us that that after as little as 10-15 years, many windfarms have become uneconomical to operate and many of the companies set up to operate windfarms have simply gone bankrupt and disappeared … yet there are no Federal guidelines or bonding requirements in place to address the inevitable reality that the most significant impact of windfarms will need to be cleaned up.  The significant question that no one seems to have an answer for is Who Cleans Up When a Wind Farm Retires?”