Yes......well they are dead and starting to rot. Sorry about the conceptual thing...couldn't think what other category to put it in.I should have gone for the good old catch all and unpretentious miscellaneous.I'd have to be nailed to a chair before I'd listen to Boulez.
Did you know that there's no categorization without a "misc"? Creation of order is nothing more than the displacement of chaos.
One of the most intriguing scientific facts I've ever come across comes from the world of software development. It turns out that all software projects, once the software reaches a certain size, follow the same path in their development over which project managers and the like have little or no control. It's as if the project runs management rather than vice versa. As if in fact management might as well not be there at all. When I worked night shifts in Productia the company tended to run itself extremely efficiently with all the managers and bosses fast asleep, in stark contrast with the energy-draining progress-blocking friction and frustration during day shifts. The most important lesson I learned in Productia is that if you treat adults like kids they will behave like them. Or more positively: most humans tend to grab and cherish every bit of responsibility they can get. Like when the Chieftain who likes to think he's indispensable falls ill, the company just keeps running as if nothing ever happened. Managers don't like to hear stuff like this
Did you ever get to watch Carnivale? An absolutely brilliant series, I'm sure you would love to watch it as much as I did. Suspense/horror taken to a level never seen previously. [link] . Coming from MJ Anderson's mouth, "management" really sounds ultra-cool.
" . . . by those who were never there, history is told like a withering veil of roses . . . but look closely . . beyond the veil . . . a fresh bloom arises, so vibrant and bright . . . history in the making . . . its tales now being written . . . for all to behold . . . "