Thursday, December 20, 2007

12 Steps.


  1. We admitted we were powerless after ESAS — that our architecture had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that an Emperor greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of the Emperor as we understood him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless technical inventory of our work..
  5. Admitted to the Emperor, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have the Emperor remove all these defects from ESAS.
  7. Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all the Constellation elements that don't work, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such elements wherever possible, except when to do so would injure others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through analysis and trades to improve our conscious contact with the Emperor, as we understood him, asking only for his knowledge and direction and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, discovered that the Emperor was the problem, and began to make amends:


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Fred Kiesche said...

Anybody out there in touch with Vincent De Corodoba?

Rocket Man said...

i think pecker-head is hyphenated!

mike102754 said...

I've read this entire blog in two days and as I figured since Discovery was launched with suspect RCC panels; NASA keeps going down the same path. When will they learn?

Has anyone over there studied the history of their own agency? I'm sure your Emperor hasn't but maybe a minion or two?

If someone decides to study this history have them look up things like; O-rings, block one Apollo spacecraft, the time it takes to fly again between piloted programs, past thinking of using SRB's in manned spaceflight, management's role in spacecraft accidents, etc.

Just a thought.