I’m so tired

Hey, for all those people wondering what’s happened to chriscurnow.com – thanks for the thousands of emails.
Well, I’m still here.
Right now I’m very, very, very tired.
I’ve done it again. I’ve found myself managing an IT project.
A few years ago (1999/2000) I managed an IT project. It went well and I met every deadline. Everything that had to happen happened when it was supposed to. I realised again that I was good a managing projects. I also realised again that I don’t like managing projects – well at least IT projects. IT projects are messy.
We try to write user requirements specifications and write or modify the software to meet the specs. But users, bless their souls, never quite know what they want until they haven’t got it. I mean by that they will tell you what they want, but as soon as you put the prototype in front of them, they find other things they want. As project manager/analyst you also find that there were things they assumed you knew about so just didn’t tell you. (If I was being really honest, I would admit that there were lots of assumptions I made about the users wanted. But I’m not being really honest so I won’t admit that.)

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US Election Analysis

There’s so much analysis of the US election result it’s hard to know where to start.

As a member of Robert Manne’s
pro-Labor, left-liberal intelligentsia
,
I’ve been mainly reading the handwringing by Democratic commentators and followers.

Kottke’s analysis
this morning is refreshing. Those of us on the left in Australia still shell
shocked by the victories of both Howard and Bush would do well to read it.

I take issue with Kottke on one point. Evangelical Christians, amongst
whom I count myself, are not a homogeneous group. Sure there’s a vocal group,
maybe the majority, who regard George Bush as God’s president. But there’s
lots of us who regard social equity, sovereign rights of states and use of
war only as a last resort as extremely important.

Please remember this when thinking about Evangelical Christians. Remember it
was also an evangelical Christian, Wilber William Wilberforce, who led
the fight in England to abolish slavery.