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Twentieth Century Box

Sunday, November 5th, 2006 at 6:49 pm Written by:

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I have been informed — politely — that this posting is wrong and ranty and has lots of facts wrong. There is good cycle parking, and use thereof, in some kind of locked garage I couldn’t see. Also, there is a map on the webpage that contains bus information, but you won’t find it if you think the multimap is the only version that’s available.

On the whole, this holier-than-thou tone is not good, and will probably get deleted once Martin finds out how.

Still, that’s blogging for you. What do you expect?

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I won’t be truly free until I cease to have any scruples about writing whatever I want about any visit, site, conversation, communication, or deal struck without looking over my shoulder. I am not free yet.

As we headed towards our destination from the nearest train station, Martin and I were stranded for a time on the grass verge of a dual carriageway. There was zero information about the route to the site on the company website for people not in a car. Once we reached the right road, we found that the building was on the ground backwards, facing towards the carpark at the back. I saw one bike locked to the perimeter fence, and certainly no sign of any racks for bikes close to the door, or inside.

When, during the meeting, the at-seat tea service rolled past and delivered its brown beverage in a white polystyrene cup, I thought darn, we’re really back in the 20th century here. The petrochemical supply is infinite, there is no shortage of holes in the ground in which to bury its products, and luxury is not having own china mug and electric kettle. Round here we work too hard and get too stuck in to what we are doing to brew loose tea which would require moving to another room.

We must embrace waste and duplication of effort, and act to encourage it in others whom we don’t like as an act of revenge. General technological stagnation is the way to make money. Do not recognize the flaws in the competitive corporate system enough to try and work round them. Out of the whole billion dollar CAM industry, it’s going to fall to me to write the wikipedia article which defines pencil milling, because if some salaried operative in any company were to do it, they might give away an important secret to competitors. It does not matter if people don’t generally understand the terms we are speaking about. All we’ll ever provide are vacuous colour commercial brochure product highlights, or nothing. Anything else might be useful, and we don’t want that if it’s avoidable.

This makes me cross enough to want to do the job myself now. If companies don’t want to provide the information, then someone else will, so everyone can get it, as well as all their frigging competitors, and any other freeloaders who happen to stop by — if these three categories aren’t all the same people.

This is my intention, but I’ve got to combine it with doing more terrorism documentation (two more terrorist investigations discovered [1] [2] with newly invented crimes that exist in spite of a complete lack of incriminating material), work that needs doing on Tunnel, and further programming that’s got to happen for machining.

Martin and I intend to catch the train to Euromold this year where we will hang out at the mastercam stand and meet the other developers.

It’s hard enough to make friends that nothing should get in the way of talking. Always imagine how the world could be. Being isolated from everyone who is doing the same work as you is not in your interest. It’s lazy, wasteful, and extremely boring. Go sort this out. We should all be part journalists, not simply nose-to-keyboard code artists while the director goes and parties and gets described as: “He’s pretty pumped, because he now gets to fly around the world hobnobbing with automotive executives and dealing with the sexiest part of the business: body design.” This is not the future. In the future we will not be driving cars. We will be lucky to eat. Things will change for real.

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