I'm a hundred quid better off now. The look on their faces when I was right was priceless, still at least they paid up. When will people learn that you can't just skim top-layer data for your model source. That makes five aborted runs due to crashes.
Stick that in your performance review and smoke it.
Meanwhile, mine and Adams' teams? Not one single crash in six months. Because we're [EXPLETIVE DELETED] old-school. Hah.
Mind you, I'm not entirely sure having us dredge up the aggregates for Harvest Festival works, but what the hell do I know – I think they're tweaking it, probably blend it with the Vernal Equinox so the country's proud of its English produce or something.
In all honesty, the whole thing feels like a bad rip-off of The Archers, like my Mum used to listen to on the radio, but I suppose if they want to hammer home the notion of ENGLAND REBORN into the psyche, you could do worse than hit up the old seasonal festivals.
Frantzen says it's all a bit Wicker Man, and I'm inclined to agree. Blake seems to predict it'll work though. Mind you, the way we've been bumped up the paygrades makes me think this project is going to get even bigger.
I took a look at the INDEX the other day – it's tripled in size in just under two months. Just like our budget.
The shame of it is, I've been looking at the projections, and the fact is, to get the levels of fidelity and accuracy we need in our predictions, we're going to have to piggyback on pretty much everyone's stream 24/7.
The processing power required is going to be phenomenal, not to mention the backups. If what the ideologues are saying even half comes to pass, there simply cannot be any downtime.
Hell, you're going to have shifts of miners working to keep Blake up to date. Which means, at this rate...well, I'm not sure what it means. I've seen some of the papers floating around from psychiatrists and neurologists that are in the loop, and it looks like there's going to be an absolute [EXPLETIVE DELETED]storm when the findings are made public.
How do you tell a population that it's destroying itself?
Of course, no doubt it'll take a couple of years for the outrage to set in – NGO think tanks and that sort of thing, white-papers and all that. Then Whitehall can serve us up as a solution. It's really quite devious when you think about it, to be honest.
The thing that bugs me, is how exactly we'll be presented. More to the point, its almost axiomatic that the more data we have to deal with, the more ferocious and dangerous those ripples we've been seeing will become.
Surfing the riptides and tidal waves of a nation's psyche? I wonder how many more Campbells we'll have by the end?