Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Boy Meets DVD, Boy Loses More Sleep

Heh. Snagged the Harry Potter DVD last night and proceeded to watch it late enough (gee, it really is over two hours!) that I'm dragging again. :-)

BTW, a tip: grab yourself a bag of Jelly Bellies to nosh on while you watch HP and the Sorcerer's Stone. It's like your very own bowl of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. Jelly Belly actually puts out a Bertie Bott's line of beans with flavors like Black Pepper, Sardine and Horseradish mixed in for the more adventurous sorts - for me I mixed in a bag of Jelly Belly Sours, which provided the occasional zing without fear of landing a truly horrific flavor.

Yesterday's obstructionism has been replaced with Unbridled Optimism. This gives me an opportunity to list the seven true phases of project development. The source for these is lost to history, but their wisdom is evident.

1. Wild Enthusiasm (also Uncritical Acceptance of Assumptions)
2. Recognition of Reality
3. Disillusionment
4. Total Confusion
5. Search for the Guilty
6. Punishment of the Innocents
7. Promotion of Nonparticipants

We're solidly into Phase 1 now - I'm expecting Phase 2 sometime around two weeks from today.

I sleep better (when I do sleep) by merging the sentiments of the above with this next:

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
-Napoleon Bonaparte



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