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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday News

Ahh, SF Muni, how we love to hate on you. But this is really sorta funny: over the last few years we have been getting these crazy improving on-time statistics reported, when all of us Muni riders have seen, well...the same old crappy on-time service.

Turns out we weren't crazy; just that Muni can't program a decent algorithm.

"We recently identified that the current algorithm rounded down the number of minutes if it were 4 minutes 25 seconds," said Paul Rose, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. He added, "These metrics don't really serve our customers or the agency."
Officials say they plan to change the algorithm to include stats that would show the on-time performance based on a true 60-second minute, Rose said.

Rounding down a time calculation? You'd think that amid the beating heart of the tech world, SMTA would be able to find at least a few engineers who could write them a standard (and accurate) calculation.

Then again, maybe the city will now be forgiving when I decide to round down my cumulative tax payments....

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

You Know It's a Tech Boom When.....

...you receive inquiries from headhunters which include job description bullets like

• will conduct solutioning sessions involving IT, vendors, business stakeholders and define outcome oriented solutions enabling understanding of the involved project participants.
"Solutioning"? Seriously?

I'm going to go for a walk now, and ponder the axiomatic shape of human idiocy.