Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


I’ve been informed that Bill Schmalfeldt has yet another Twitter account going under his Bill Matthews persona. He also has another waste-of-bandwidth website promoting his radio career and apparently soliciting more on-air work. That website has been up for over a week, and when I checked yesterday, the site’s hit counter read 43. While that’s one more than the correct answer related to a radio classic, it doesn’t represent a lot of interest in the Cabin Boy™ or his “radio stylings.”

His failure goes up to eleven.

Obamacare 0.997


The version of Obamacare that was rolled out on 1 October was clearly not ready for prime time. It wasn’t even ready for beta release. It was simply a failure.

Good engineers design for failure. That’s not to say that we (I’m an engineer) design products to fail, but we know that they will. That’s why the load panel in your house has circuit breakers. In the real world, failure is always an option, and it becomes exponentially more likely when a project is managed by someone who doesn’t understand the endeavor’s practical constraints. Clay Shirky offers an analysis of the probable managerially-driven problems with Obamacare here.

Recently, much has been made about the Administration’s ignoring the law when dealing with Obamacare and any possible workarounds for its present problems, and it’s true that those responsible for the current mess have acted lawlessly. However, the law that will do the project in was not passed by Congress. It stems from a higher authority. Those who ignore it are fools.

If anything can go wrong, it will.

—Murphy

Let it burn.

UPDATE—This insightful observation is also on point:

Everything the government touches turns to crap.

—Ringo Starr