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Day 10: Count

Does anyone ever find the idea of counting to be somewhat ominous?

No, really. Think about it.

At no point in counting do you ever get where you’re going. You count up, you count down. Up is to the vagueness of infinity, down is to the false floor of zero.

I once watched someone count up the steps down a ladder.

A medic counts compressions of CPR.

On TV we pretend we can quantify life by a finite system of breaths and heartbeats. Thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, breath…

Some people count calories; some people count steps. The real multi-taskers somehow do both at the same time. Ten thousand and one, ten thousand and two…

Physicists can count themselves into conundrums, then right back out. They may be better off counting the times they wipe the dust from the chalkboards to start back at that beautifully simple “zero” all over again.

Schrodinger counted cats. Or deaths. We’re still not entirely sure which. Let’s not open that bag today. One, zero, one, zero…

We spent a lot of time this year talking about counting votes. Counting votes is all fine and dandy, but I still like to believe votes count, themselves.

269, 270, 271…

This isn’t some dark retrospective, it’s an ode. I honor those who choose to count the stars - even knowing they’ll never finish their task.

That’s hope.

That’s fearless.

One, two, three…

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Level 11

As I count the years of my life I am probably older than many of you. As a kid in  first grade, the teacher would occasionally wheel in an AV cart with a TV on it so we could catch an episode of Sesame Streets first season. The year ws 1969. I guess the teacher wanted us to know that learning could be fun too. When you bring up count as a word, I can  think of...

Yes COUNT VON COUNT!! AH HAHAHAHAH  Cue Lightning  CueThunder.  Ok so I am still a kid at heart

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The Lyrical Sage, Kenny Rogers, once said:

Know when to walk away

And know when to run

You never count your money

When you're sittin' at the table

There'll be time enough for countin'

When the dealin's done

And there is truth to that. 

Solomon the Wise put is another way when he said

There is a time for everything,

    and a season for every activity under the heavens

Eccl 3:1

There is a time to count and there is a time to walk away from counting.

I used to sit near the Service Center (help desk) and they had massive TV screens that said how many calls in cue.  They may have been handy for an employee to know if now was a good time to take a break or go to the restroom based on agents logged in versus calls in cue.  However, there were times when there were major outages and the numbers were just huge, ominous digits on a screen and trying to clear calls out of the cue was like bailing water from a sinking ship.

Just days after a friend of mine took over the Service Center, there was one of those outages.  She walked over to the TV and loudly stated "This is not helping anyone!" and turned off the monitors.

Is there a time when counting calls in cue and agents logged in?  Of course.

Are their "Code Black" times when they are just a distraction or add to the sense of overwhelming?  Yes.

Sometimes, it is better to just be whelmed by numbers, rather than over-whelmed by them.

I particularly enjoy counting the progress Thwack members make as they earn points and change levels.  A year or so ago I recall having just 14,000 points and thinking about Radioteacher​ sharing a point-gain story to give us all hope and patience. 

A week or two ago I counted 150,000 points in my bucket and observed how it's not about where I'm at.  It's about where I'm going.

I watch the Leaderboard's Top 10 positions jockeying about, and am impressed at Jfrazier​'s rapid rise.  As long as everyone stays active and participates in the Missions and submits polls and answers it should stay fun and interesting.

If I can break through some silo walls and become active in more modules than just NPM, NTA, and NCM, maybe one day I'll be rubbing elbows with those top folks.

Until then, I'm happy to learn from you who are kind enough to share your expertise!

rschroeder​ thank you for your kind words.  Wow, you have been busy!!!  For the last seven months I have been working on certifications and other educational endeavors that have been cutting into my Thwack time. 

I am thinking that the CISSP I am earning is worth the points.

I know they are working on it but not being able to see the ranking on Thwack and where I fall in the Count is a bit nerve racking.

RT

Be calm and earn more points!

I hope that what I do counts for something. I hope people around me feel I can be counted on. I have counted myself to sleep using various objects and numerical sequences. I have never been charged with an criminal counts in court. I seem to have an impairment when it comes to counting the passage of time, unlike my wife who can tell you roughly what time it is even when just awakened. When I feel down I count my blessings. In this age in which I find myself I count on so many others for my continued existence.

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In order for computers to trust each other it is important that the listen well and rely on a single source of counting the oscillations marking the passage of and give the current time. Humans have created some really sophisticated and fasinating technologies simply to count ever smaller moments to get high fidelity time. [Yb Lattice Clock | NIST​] Thus allowing us, thru other math, to tell exactly where we are in time and space.NIST and Navy Tests Suggest Telecom Networks Could Back Up GPS Time Signals | NIST

Level 14

Count all the packets

As they go streaming by,

Find an odd looking one

And go find out why.

"Don't count the days. Make the days count." - Muhammad Ali

Level 11

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Level 11

Sometimes it's what we do when no one notices that counts.

Level 12

Count you knowledge and blessings.

MVP
MVP

I can always count on the people around me whenever I need help. I can count on my God to be there when I am in need.

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Level 13

We only have one chance at this game called life. Make every day count.  This is a popular saying, however, it doesn't really state what I think it's supposed to mean.

"Make every day count." should be rephrased to: Do something every day that counts for something you love...whether it be your friends, your mom or dad, your wife or husband, your children or your pets...These are the things that truly count in our lives...

Level 9

I never noticed how counting really can be ominous. Now that I broke 50 a couple years ago, The idea of a limited amount of days lefts is very concrete for me. It was an abstract for the majority of my life so far but started to have some substance once I hit 40. Not much but the invincibility of youth had passed away some time before. Sometimes my perception of time scares me and that is the most pure form of counting there is in my life. That is counting the seconds that make up the "now" of my existence. How quickly the time passes. How often I would hear older folks say that almost involuntarily, always deeply wistful.4 years of high school took up what still feels the majority of my life. The Army went quicker BUT the first 2 years took longer that then the final 4 out of 6. Then is started. College quickly went by. The second year my Dad died very unexpectedly. This knocked school to part-time while working full-time. Oddly, that combo made time going faster. There is a small consolation to having my own personal stasis going so fast. I landed a 6 month to hire. A term as wonderful as 'dinner time', it was one I forgot abut until a month ago. The time is flying and its my 1st place with a big Solar Winds investment. With so much MOM, SCOM, and Nagios time, I am thrilled. So far, its a great gig to ease into the "Old Dude" phase of the life cycle. I'm not throwing in the towel, not at all. I look at Jack Webb (R.I.P.) and find real comfort that we age so much better than even the previous generation. I am 4 or 5 years older than his character in Dragnet 1969. I can't picture him skirt chasing or playing PS3, 2 pursuits that are still keeping me out of my dotage. I guess like any skill counting has two sides to it.

Level 21

Counting is the most basic fundamentals of math which we all use every day.  I often take such simple concepts for granted until I have to sit down with my 6 year old and explain them in a way that she can understand, it forces me to re-learn why these things are important.

When i think of count, i think to be counted on.   I have noticed how a lot of these words run together.   I think of trustworthy, dependable, friendly.  I think we can count, as in numbers, time, and blessings.  Today i would like to just say, I count on being able to contribute for a long time yet.   I like being apart of this community and being able to contribute.  I have grown to count on the people, activities, and knowledge of Thwack.   I can't being to count the hours spent on here, nor can I count the number of times I have been helped.  

Let us continue to count on each other as we embark on another new year together.

MVP
MVP

Count up the steps down a ladder?   Not sure why that caught my eye, maybe because you can "count up" something, in this case up a ladder.  But you could also "count down" something, whether it be steps down a ladder or the seconds till the rocket launches to the moon.   You can "count on" something, like a friend or a co-worker.   You can "count in" things, like the new year.    You can count something on one hand, take a blood count, count your blessings, count me in, count sheep, counting coup, Counting Crows, Count Dracula, Count Basie, Count of Monte Cristo, "The Count" (as someone else mentioned) and count yourself lucky but should not count your chickens before they hatch!

Any more?  Come on, you have until the count of five!

Level 12

I have a habit of finding patterns in just about everything. This usually results in a lot of counting for me. In my head, on my fingers and toes. I find myself counting the concurrent steps I take on similar styled floor tiles, when the pattern changes, the count resets. It keeps my mind busy and keeps it from wandering to far out into the abyss most of the time.

Level 12

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FROM dbo.Traps

GROUP BY CONVERT(date, [DateTime])

ORDER BY CONVERT(date, [DateTime]) DESC

Level 9

Counting is something you get lost in. I know when I got my new vehicle, it tracks mileage, current mpg, average mpg. All these numbers I would constantly watch and count and check and never look away from. We want to count mileage and how do I drive to save more money.

Level 17

In his essay on this topic (https://thisshiurisaboutyou.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/blogelul-day-10-count-2/), Rabbi Raphael Davidovich noted:

"Many lawyers hate being lawyers. One of the reasons for the hatred is the unending requirement to count minutes. More precisely, any of them are expected to count their productive time in six-minute increments… and bill accordingly."

This caught my eye because, as someone who has been a 100% remote worker in my last 3 jobs (7 years) on top of having telecommuted at least 50% of the time since 2002, one of my major "tricks" to avoid the feeling of disconnection (both in myself and on the part of my manager) was accounting for my work.

Every week, I open up an email that starts like this:

Monday

===================

WEEKLY: team sync-up

WEEKLY: product standing touch-base

MEETING: Upcoming conference ideas

Tuesday

=============

MEETING: topic development with Mark

WEEKLY: 1:1 with Jeffe

December writing challenge site set up, planning

That accounts for the meetings. Then in the monday slot, I add:

Open task 1

Open Task 2

...etc...

As tasks come up, they get added. When Monday is over, the remaining tasks roll to Tuesday. At the end of the week, the open tasks go into an "Open Task" list for the following week. Then the whole thing gets packed up and mailed to my boss.

The point is that I have a running reminder of what I need to focus on. My boss (who can't just walk over) has the ability to know now only what I'm working on, but what is coming up in the queue so that she can re-prioritize if necessary. And both of us have a sanity check to know "why was I doing that".

What's interesting to me about this is that I've done this list even when I worked on-site. It's simply become my way of accounting for my time. Because if I don't, I find that a lot of work falls between the cracks, gets forgotten, or simply doesn't count.

In his essay on this topic (https://thisshiurisaboutyou.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/blogelul-day-10-count-2/), Rabbi Raphael Davidovich noted:
"Many lawyers hate being lawyers. One of the reasons for the hatred is the unending requirement to count minutes. More precisely, any of them are expected to count their productive time in six-minute increments… and bill accordingly."
This caught my eye because, as someone who has been a 100% remote worker in my last 3 jobs (7 years) on top of having telecommuted at least 50% of the time since 2002, one of my major "tricks" to avoid the feeling of disconnection (both in myself and on the part of my manager) was accounting for my work.
Every week, I open up an email that starts like this:
Monday
===================
WEEKLY: team sync-up
WEEKLY: product standing touch-base
MEETING: Upcoming conference ideas
Tuesday
=============
MEETING: topic development with Mark
WEEKLY: 1:1 with Jeffe
December writing challenge site set up, planning
That accounts for the meetings. Then in the monday slot, I add:
Open task 1
Open Task 2
...etc...
As tasks come up, they get added. When Monday is over, the remaining tasks roll to Tuesday. At the end of the week, the open tasks go into an "Open Task" list for the following week. Then the whole thing gets packed up and mailed to my boss.
The point is that I have a running reminder of what I need to focus on. My boss (who can't just walk over) has the ability to know now only what I'm working on, but what is coming up in the queue so that she can re-prioritize if necessary. And both of us have a sanity check to know "why was I doing that".
What's interesting to me about this is that I've done this list even when I worked on-site. It's simply become my way of accounting for my time. Because if I don't, I find that a lot of work falls between the cracks, gets forgotten, or simply doesn't count.
Level 11

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MVP

Almost everything can be quantified - or counted - and counting is how we determine value. We've all heard the phrase "count your blessings." Why, it's easier to get down, depressed, upset or whatever rather than appreciating what we have. By counting our blessings we are reminded of the positive and encouraged to move forward.

In IT we get hit by so many projects, emergencies, requests . . . How do we determine how to proceed. What to do? Priorities - Count - in other words, we quantify each request, project, etc. and then from those results we can set priorities.

Level 10

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Level 8

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Level 12

one, two, three (crack)

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Level 9

This brought to mind a speech given by Carl Sagan in which he discussed the narrow band at which humans can perceive the environment. We always miss the very big and the very small.

Level 11

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Raymond: 82, 82, 82.

Charlie: 82 what?

Raymond: Toothpicks.

Charlie: There's a lot more than 82 toothpicks, Ray.

Raymond: 246 total.

Charlie: How many?

Sally Dibbs: 250.

Charlie: Pretty close.

Sally Dibbs: There's four left in the box.

Level 13

The ominousity of counting is an interesting thought.  I've always loved things that can be counted or finding new ways of counting (or scoring, like we get to do on Thwack) because it helps be figure out where we stand and gives something to shoot for.  I think as long as we don't feel like we're defined by the count (like on those jobs where they count everything and you get put in time out of you don't make the grade) counting is ok.  Unless you're down for the count of course.

Level 9

Cats, he counted cats. Alive or not.

If I ever get SCP (which I should and will after I get CCNA route & switch out of my own goals/preferences), I'm going to give Jfrazier​ a run for his money   I'm always counting and enjoy that thwack does have a ranking which shows that some of us do care/are active, etc.

Level 20

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MVP

designerfx, don't count on my crippled up self to run at this point...some days I can barely walk.

Level 10

funny, I thought much the same thing at the daily writing prompt. 😉

Level 10

I'm feeling that a lot lately, like, unless my boss directly assigns work to me, that it isn't taken into account what else I might be doing and that work isn't count into what it is I do around here.  Trying to find ways to do this sort of thing as well.  good thoughts, thanks Leon.

Level 10

I just hope, that when all is said and done, that my time here counted for something good.  We've already got enough something not good.  I'd like to be something good, just this once.

Level 10

Counting is great! ... but make sure you don't get lost in the counting, might miss some other things that are around as well.

Level 10

Count your blessings. They are numerous.

Count on others. As you are counted on.

Count to ten when you are angered. Your mother was right, it helps.

The count... 0 and 1, 0 and 1...

        In its most basic elements that is what information is. All of it stems from those two numbers. And IT, like so many other career fields, exists solely on numbers. So terms like: count, calculation, algorithm, and analytics are prominent. They are all based on numbers.

So as we count down 2016, and what many perceive as a terrible year (RIP Prince, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, John Glenn, Muhammad Ali, and so, so, so many more). We look forward to another year. We count to a new beginning, a new chance, a new frontier, a new beginning. A New Hope! But in this episode without the actor who played R2-D2, Kenny Baker. He died in 2016 too. Bring on 2017!

Level 11

Have to go with a Rocketman (1997) movie quote here. A classic line that I use when someone says "but who's counting?"

Fred Randall: "Eight shuttle missions. Eight of them!

Commander Overbeck: "Nine actually, but who's counting?"

Fred Randall: Well, apparently you are my friend."

Level 10

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Outcome

Unequal

Number

Total

Level 10

Count reminds of the a song:

Count your blessings name them one by one

Count your blessings see what God has done

Count your blessing, name them one by one

And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Level 17

Counting is a way for us to put a boundary around something, usually something that appears to have no boundaries (like the number of stars in a galaxy). But counting also allows or us to know if something is "normal" or not. So when someone calls me to complain that a query is slow I can ask "how fast should it run"? Without counting, neither one of us would have any idea what is right, or expected.

Level 15

Oh counting, how I loathe thee.

As a monitoring consultant, I have made a career out of essentially counting things, which we generally refer to as metrics.

To be fair, I like to think that my career progression has been largely based on my ability to translate that counting into meaning, but I digress...

Point being, counting doesn't really solve much at all on the surface.

"We had 18 alerts last week!!!"

"OK, but we didn't have 18,000 so yay?"

VS

"We had 18 alerts from a single object last week!!!"

"OK, let's go look and see if there is a real problem or if we can reduce false positives by utilizing thresholds more effectively"

Also, still a fun one:

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Level 10

Being the end of the year, I like to take a moment and mindfully count my many, many blessings.  Often falling victim to the daily cares and concerns of our world, I find this is a wonderful time to mindfully count all the blessings in my life and express my gratitude.

Level 11

The day before a holiday weekend... I can count the number of people in the office on one hand...

Level 12

Make every moment count even if its the last.

Level 9

count your blessings and not your problems

Level 9

I definitely can't count my blessings, they are numerous, uncountable. Am just grateful because i know am i life today by Grace. It's been God all the way!!!

Level 10

Count your blessings, Name them 1 by 1.

Let's not keep count of other people's wrongs, but rejoice for their salvation.