11 May 2009

Long Range Plans

You gotta love our organization.

I just ran across the binder containing our previous Long Range Plan, and noted the dates: "July 2004 - June 2007"

In the past, we used to have (in the best Soviet tradition) Five Year Plans. Then it was decided that five years was really too long, given the modern pace of change.

So now we have Three Year Plans...which take a year to plan, three years to execute, and an additional year to evaluate.

Our next Three Year Plan will start in July 2009...exactly five years after the last one started.

Just think...if we planned and evaluated more deliberately, we could have a One Year Plan that takes two years to plan and two years to evaluate!

Gotta love our organization.

08 May 2009


I recently ran across the best footnote ever in the history of publishing. It appears on page 140 of Why is Snot Green?: and Other Extremely Important Questions (and Answers) by Glenn Murphy. Here, in all its glory, is the Best Footnote EVER:

* See What would happen if you sneezed and farted at the same time? (page 158) for more details about snot.

It just doesn't get any better than that.

Incidentally, this reminds me of my all-time favorite bit of errata, which appeared as a special page at the beginning of a long-forgotten book about World War II:

ERRATA: The caption to Plate XII should read: "Winston Churchill in the bombed House of Commons."

Sure enough, when you turned to Plate XII, the existing caption read: "Winston Churchill bombed in the House of Commons."