Sunday, June 12, 2011


In a more mountainous land with an erratic overlord, it was a journey not easily undertaken. Having previously traversed the flatlands and foothills of Windows 95 and 98, and then beginning an ascent with the XP beast, it was clearly time to scale further heights and discard old trappings. The new beast of burden, a temperamental and stubborn creature, massive of code, is a lighting fast dual core creature mounted with Windows 7.

It took some particular struggles with new saddles and gear, but after conferring with an ancient wizard, the proper incantations took hold and the new beast began to form. With prayers to the ancient gods of DOS, leaving behind the fading incarnation of Norton, and expert hardware and tech sherpa support, the quest continues for the holy grail of a networked information platform that responds to the slightest gestures of visual command. Similar to a Tron world, the Master Control Program is operative and doesn't permit trespassers in its territory, and actively seeks out control over other processes and users. Its insistence on channeling specific online files into locked in folder structures resulted in difficulties in taming the beast.

This quest needs a platform capable of carrying large loads while scaling new heights, hence the necessity of strapping down the saddle and reining in this creature so that it can be trained to follow the proper leads over the winding ascent ahead. The landscape here grows as it's traversed and and begins to climb into the clouds, making navigation difficult for the traveler with a purpose. Armed with sketchy maps from other fellow adventurers, we're beginning to find our way through the ever-growing thickets and mountains of data in search of a means of arriving at the summit of engagement of a building team in charge of its information and processes.

We've found that the only way to climb the summit is to rope the beasts together and share our provisions, sending scouts ahead to scope out the way before us. Typical of historical exploration into new lands, it's a risk that has to be undertaken by the stakeholders in search of the final objective, which is a new way of using information to create built environments that will meet the challenges of our future. As the flame of extractive energies dims, we're wayfinding our path to new strategies that will move us into a place of regeneration of life, not the endless consumption of it.

Our smarter beasts should be able to get us there.