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Friday, December 05, 2003

I just got done with the scariest meeting of my life. And y'know, it's the kind of thing were I want to raise my hand and say, "I'm sorry, but can I just have my final check now, because there's no way this can end well, and I'd like to skip the drama if possible."

Somehow, I'm still not sure how, I got sucked into helping out with the conversion of the APLAC (Lab Animals Protocol system) from the mainframe to Unix/Spires. I know almost nothing about the old mainframe system. I know almost nothing about Unix/Spires. I know almost nothing about lab animals protocols. But somehow, I've been tasked with customizing all of the documentation for the conversion to make it APLAC specific. Sounded daunting but do-able before. Now it sounds completely insane.

The website where I'm supposed to post this material is nto controlled by the group; it's outsourced to Media Solutions. The woman who has been the only support for APLAC for the past five years is completely freaking out about the conversion process. She wants me to rewrite their entire manual by next Wednesday to reflect the differences between using APLAC on Forsythe and using it on Unix/Spires. I've scarcely used Forsythe for anything. I don't know the commands. I've never used APLAC. I got my first look at Unix/Spires yesterday. All of this goes live to the users Monday the 15th, and I'm on two other projects officially right now, both of which also have other demands on my time. If I got a magical infusion of knowlege (as in "I know Kung Fu.") and worked 40-60 hours next week on this and only this, I might be able to satisfy the requirements. In the meantime, I also need to have a design meeting for webforms for workflow HR, and I've already got a GFS stakeholders meeting on Tuesday afternoon, then I've got to review the changes to the Human Subjects E-Protocol, if the developer would ever get me a revised copy of the issues list, and I've got to get ready for the Systems Support Planning (SSP) meeting on Friday, preparing both the presentation for APLAC and the revisions to the Human Subjects SSP proposal.

This is the part where I freak out. I wish I'd had that interview at Google. I'd really be interested in leaving this madhouse right about now.


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