Now how is this for serendipity, up until today I had never heard this magnificent new verb(?), then all of a sudden it appeared in a mailing list that I read… and was promptly shot down by the grammar police. Incentivise … now what the heck is that meant to mean and who on the planet made it up?
Half an hour later and I find that the BBC has compiled a list of the top 50 office-speak phrases you love to hate and there it is at number four!
I defy anybody to make sense of the following gibberish:
Today’s enterprise network landscape incorporates numerous discrete but interrelated infrastructure elements - applications, databases, services, and hardware - and encompasses a variety of management disciplines, interfaces, tools, and dashboards. Typically, these elements are lashed together with chewing gum and baling wire. Nevertheless, the expectation is that such a patchwork assemblage will work cohesively, even though in practice the cohesion among such diverse sets of components is seldom transparent and never seamless.
The department is experiencing a no-growth period in its operational budget
For #@$A@#(@#) sake! The entire bloody university and every person in it is pathologically incapable of using the English language to say a single thing in plain ordinary terms. I’ve sat through meetings where each of the three managers say “at the end of the day” so many times to each other that I start to think that they are taking the mickey, I’ve heard “going forward” used four times in a single statement, and we are inundated with “issues” because apparently “problem” is now a forbidden word!
“Going Forward on a Day By Day Basis” — Ugh! Congratulations NASA, that would have to be the bureaucratic double-speak quote of the day! No wonder the space shuttle has problems when the people in charge choose to speak such gibberish.
Browsing through the latest Australian Personal Computer (June 2003), there’s a review of a bunch of bare-bones mini PCs. The Shuttle systems still look attractive so I thought I’d look up more details on the importer’s website. Assorted pages that won’t display at all, HTML delivered as MIME type text/plain, so browsers don’t interpret it, nothing validates, and PDF files that don’t download from their ftp server at all. Oh yeah, then there’s the Yoda-speak on the pages that you can read…
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.