Month: October 2023

  • Millsap’s Fable: the Globe-Maker

    Millsap’s Fable: the Globe-Maker

    Here’s a fable. A fine and renowned globe-maker one day visits the seashore. As he contemplates the ceaseless motion of the sea, a horror overcomes him. He realizes that the totality of his stock and trade—to build models of the Earth—is impossible, because the Earth is eternally, ceaselessly changing. Remorse overcomes him. He stops making…

  • Another Filter Early Opportunity: the Unfiltered Email

    Another Filter Early Opportunity: the Unfiltered Email

    To: all@yourcompany.com From: bigprocess@yourcompany.com ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES: YOUR X-9 REPORT IS DUE BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS THIS FRIDAY. NO EXCEPTIONS! IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR X-9 REPORT IS FILED ACCURATELY AND ON TIME. Sincerely, etc., etc. (Please disregard this email if you have already submitted your X-9 report.) Have you ever gotten…

  • 25 Years, One Job

    25 Years, One Job

    A couple of weeks ago, I received an email prescribing that people should have a 25‑year plan. It caught my attention because I’ve learned many times, many ways, that a 5‑year plan—sometimes even a 1‑year plan—is just crazy talk. But as I considered the evidence more carefully, I realized: I have actually been working a…

  • Tuesday Zoom with C. J. Date, Part 1

    Tuesday Zoom with C. J. Date, Part 1

    “Aw, what’s the worst that could happen?” Ha! Ok, how ’bout you make a decision late last night that renders your Zoom guest unable to log in, and so the whole point of your big gathering is nullified? Yeah, that’s pretty bad. Unfortunately, that’s exactly how my story played out today. I had advertised access…