Thursday, December 4, 2008


There will soon be one Grinch who has reason to frown, surrounded and stopped by all the new kids in town. Sooner or later all dream stealers find that they’re out in the cold and left far behind.

In a last ditch effort to make it difficult for the Changelings to kill his already stillborn program, the Emperor (a.k.a. Grinch) has seemingly flooded the market with RFPs and RFIs of late. The subservient Who-ville contractors had already resigned themselves to another year without a proper holiday.

Well, they can get the decorations out again and put away the slide rules.

The elfs want a look-see before more good money is sent after bad. And they've asked for time to do a thorough job before that happens. The Emperor will surely cry foul and add to his list of excuses as he makes way for the door. He had better start writing his other three letters to leave behind in the top desk drawer as well.

So the Who-ville contractors will sit by the fire and celebrate the new year surrounded by family and friends of very good cheer. And the Grinch will be found with his feet in the snow, grimacing and wondering, how could it be so?


Ben the Space Brit said...

I think that Dr. Griffin is desperately trying to maintain an air of 'business as usual' during the transition. This has its advantages and disadvantages.

However, given the issues known to exist on Ares-I surely even its most ardent supporter would argue for a temporary hold in arranging production contracts. This should last at least until the final configuration is set in something a bit more solid than the current mutable and always-shifting fluid. The alternative is for contrcts to go out and then, a few years later, NASA having to pay cancellation or alteration fees because of some currently-unknown problem.

Anonymous said...

That is a nail struck squarely on the head! In the last 8 months I have flagged literally thousands of requirements that are either not firmly grounded in physics, not verifiable or just plainly do not make sense. The result? Management shrugged. Management put those flawed requirements out for bid. Management pointed at the schedule and claimed that they had to do 'something'. They know it is wrong but they keep doing it anyway.

All that is leading to my new year's resolution to get off the program. Little did Congress understand the implications of their 'revolving door' employment regulations back in 1985. The talent left and what was left behind is the foundation of what we have today.