Faceless Bureaucrats: Bob

Bob Bossman (Branch Manager)

In order to keep to the faster schedule, but also keep myself some much-needed breathing room I’ll be drawing on (heh) older stuff for a bit. Those who know my old blog (Sinister Key) might recognize some of it. I don’t think there ever was much overlap in audience though. Anyhow, there’ll also be stuff nobody’s seen before and genuninely new things sooner rather than later, I promise. I’ll also try to add a little bit of new content whenever I can.

Tying the topic of bureacracy to Chine or to the history of writing systems would be fairly easy, but still kind of contrived, and I’ve been meaning to expand this blog’s scope anyhow. My personal relationship with bureaucracy and bureaucrats is best summarized as “it’s complicated”. So instead I’ll just give you some quotes.

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion” — C. Northcote Parkinson

“The fact is that the number of the officials and the quantity of the work are not related to each other at all. The rise in the total of those employed is governed by Parkinson’s Law and would be much the same whether the volume of the work were to increase, diminish, or even disappear. The importance of Parkinson’s Law lies in the fact that it is a law of growth based upon an analysis of the factors by which that growth is controlled.” — C. Northcote Parkinson

Cyril Northcote Parkinson (en.wikipedia)
Parkinson’s Law (en.wikipedia)

So that’s the post for the 26th scheduled (posted when you read this, presumably). I’ll try to build a decent-sized buffer as soon as possible, but I’ll be fairly busy (with paperwork) in the next week probably, conceivably even the week after that. It’s possible some posts’ll be late or even missing on some days until I find my rhythm. If so, I apologize in advance. As I mentioned I’m moving this blog up in my personal priorities, and I’m serious about that, but there’ll be something of a transition period, and it’s not going to end up at the very top of that list anyhow. That’d be a bit crazy and too much of a strain on my psychological well-being. For which, incidentally, this blog has been extremely helpful overall, but nevertheless…gotta catch up with the admin or that’s gonna do more harm than the blog does good…

Anyhow. I swear to whatever gods may be that there will not be a hiatus longer than two weeks without me at least posting a quick update on how things stand. And with some  luck, taking a bit of the pressure away from me will actually result in a higher likelihood of me keeping to the schedule anyhow. So don’t stop checking in on every even day! (Maybe on odd days too, just in case?)

Take care of yourselves, and see you in the funny pages,



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