Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).
Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing”the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.
(by Josip Šulj)
The developers who wanted to build 8 Washington in San Francisco spent seven years lobbying City Hall - winning approval from the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors - only to watch opponents kill the project by putting a successful measure on the November ballot. Google simply started building a four-story barge made of stacked shipping containers flanked by giant white sails on a Treasure Island pier. A statement sent to reporters teased: A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Just for the fun of it, let’s build something that looks like the Sydney Opera House after it was subjected to a trash compactor? When I sent Google a request for permission to come on board, an anonymous Google official responded with a refusal and template language about “interactive space.” Interacting with Google is like being the suspect in a TV police interrogation. In a city that requires buildings to be “bird-safe,” how does Google get to stack up, hoist sail and drop anchor without so much as a public hearing? San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission executive Larry Goldzband told me BCDC has “an investigation to determine the permit for that pier that enabled the permit holder to actually do such marine construction.” If some http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/saunders/article/Google-s-barge-glides-by-where-others-hit-SF-snags-5042461.php tell Google to pack up its Erector set and find someplace else to play, the corporation could take its gazillion marbles elsewhere.
Demand Driven Performance using Smart Metrics net-net.
Art and illustration credits to respective authors.
By Debra Smith and Chad Smith backs up from MRP II to Orlicky’s original MRP algorithm asking managers to disconnect least unit cost in exchange for throughput flow. And go forward using smart metrics for a demand driven operating model. All good stuff. Where I disagree is illustrated by the authors commentary and many neat examples the model is based on complexity theory. By this claim, in another cyclical time, complexity theory dictates different metrics will control the model. We’ve seen this pattern repeats before. Low demand MRP. High demand use Finite scheduling, APS, ProfitKey, RedPepper. Demand changes, The Goal from Dr Eli Goldratt came into vogue.
As an aside I posit the real solution is build an adaptive software solution on a foundational data model designed for complexity theory. Many solid examples have been commercially proven in the adjacent computer science recommendation systems used by the social networkers. Google’s PageRank algorithm, backrub is continually tuned and adapts to a big data massive scale graph. Unfortunately the three top incumbent databases: Oracle, SQL Server and DB2 all ladle on graph as a reporting tool. At best algorithms hardly adapt as the relational database model underneath is frozen. A solution is putting the demand driven model into a Graph Database. C/o DARPA, Lawrence Livermore Labs, NSA, and a cadre of social and startups via universities, Neo4j and GraphLab being two standouts, a fundamental rewrite is a forward now option.
Alas, we have to deal with backwards incumbacy of really quite old ERP and Manufacturing Systems most based on 20-30 year old design and database. And the FT economists sees no end to our current low demand in advanced economies. May as well implement the Demand Driven Operating Model as wrap-around or layer with existing ERP systems using Smart Metrics and enjoy the benefits - Now.