I recently learned about the concept of technical debt, which goes a long way to explaining the difficulties I have with some work projects, especially ones that involve other people’s code and designs. But it also makes me realize there are other sorts of debt. I am in the grips of journalistic debt, or perhaps, if that is too grand, of blogospheric debt.
First of all I owe y’all a couple of book reviews.
I’m enormously interested in Chris & Sheril’s book Unscientific America, and they apparently sent me a review copy which never made it to me for some reason. Then they went so far as to send a second copy. So I really owe this book its due. But even before that happened I got a review copy of What’s the Worst that Could Happen? by Greg Craven, which I read half of and then misplaced!
So now I am in a traffic jam, feeling that I owe Greg a review before Chris and Sheril, and looking high and low, not finding Greg’s book.
Plus I owe you a report on the Energy and Water meeting I attended last week and a written version of my cybernetics and climate talk. Also I would like to discuss why I’m not entirely happy with the outcome of the McLean affair that others are celebrating.
And now there is the tarpit of Morano’s magnum opus released today. The good news is he’s fired all his ammunition with this one; it’s not likely he has anything major up his sleeve after that. The bad news is it looks, to an uninformed reader, like a coherent story at first blush. There will be some work involved in responding successfully to it in a way that appears other than defensive. It’s like national debt due to bad government in the past, not debt we wanted or needed but pretty much an inescapable obligation.
I think a couple of quick responses today would be good; I’ll write one and I recommend you do too. But this calls for a compelling rebuttal at length as well. Writing one that is both effective and readable will be a challenge.