Speaking of projects completely and utterly doomed to failure, last week it was announced that somebody on our management team (We all have a fine idea who it was, and we are currently loathing his mere existence with every breath we take) announced to several inquiring VPs that, "Yes, we can have video conferencing installed and running at seven different sites across North America by November 1st." A fine boast, but it is one that is completely ungrounded in reality. When one takes into stock that we have no hardware, we have no software, and that nobody can agree if we should run it over ISDN (which requires installation of ISDN lines) or over the corporate frame relay network (which would require a port-speed and CIR turn up at all seven campuses, plus figuring out some way to hook the hardware into the WAN), one can plainly see that once again we have set ourselves up for spectacular failure in a manner that could only be surpassed by the likes of the scheming Ralph Cramden. Fortunately this little bundle of joy hasn't fallen into my lap to resolve -- it went to one of our other network engineers, a gentleman who wasn't doing anything anyway. He's botched one major project already, so why not give him a project that's doomed to failure already? That way when he gives it his kiss of death he can just blame it on an irrational project timeline.
I'm counting down the days until Friday, when Jen will arrive to begin our weekend mini-getaway. Friday night will be spent at my place, and we'll drive up to the hotel on Saturday so that we may commence being tourists. Can you tell that I'm looking forward to this?
Bonus rant for the day: Hanging a reflective item such as a CD or a crystal from the rear-view mirror of your car does not make you creative, artistic, or clever. It makes you a goddamn asshole who blinds other drivers on the road and in general causes far more near-accidents than should ever be had on our road systems. You people all deserve to be taken out and brutally, sexually abused by a mountain man with questionable hygiene.