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Day 22: End

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Everything comes to an end.  Sev 1 panics, workdays, power supplies, beer, the client-server epoch, continents, species and even our Sun surceases eventually.  Ultimately in heat death, terminus is the fundamental commonality this universe inescapably bestows on everything within it.  But rather than the penultimate bummer, the ascendancy of the cosmopolitan screaming void, I find the certainty of End reassuring.

Magnetic fields rot on disk, photons leak from fiber, fan bearings wear.  We forget sometimes working issues that this is just IT, not an emergency room.  We Will Fix It because we always do.  We will have closure of This Thing, then there will be That Thing, which will likewise ultimately be resolved.  And as I get older become increasingly experienced, I’ve watched entire systems reach their ends.

end-key-iStock-476473704.jpgEvery IT system, every indispensable application and every custom process appeasing that one influential VP will sooner or later be brought to conclusion and excised.  Sunsets are a matter of when not if and I look for every opportunity to hasten the demise of declining technologies.  Throughout my career I’ve been a systems assassin, terminating downslope applications, servers and even datacenters with extreme prejudice and on rare occasion, glee.

Tech for the sake of more tech, or headcount, or org span is stupid. When curves trend strongly down-right, whether declines in usage, benefit, effectiveness or maintainability my ears tingle.  If analysis reveals opportunity for consolidation or transition, I gather a team and begin circling above the wounded app, ready to pick its carcass clean of budget.  I can feed something else which better benefits the business.

And in shutdown there are so many delicious Ends: Engineers’ final terminal logins, the last green flicker of drive lights, a final ignored alert, server extraction or even rack removal.  Occasional sentimentality or even grief at the demise of once-beloved constructs is human, especially for craftsmen who tailor services to delight users.  It’s hard to let go.  But once born, all systems are thermodynamically coupled to time- admin time- and ineluctably degrade energy to perform work.  Only opportunistic razing, exorcizing IT detritus to recover resources, lets us do less, better.

Life is short, tech careers even shorter.  The animation of digital signals is artifice contriving to make IT appear real.  If you could suspend entropy to freeze time there would be nothing to see.  We cast spells on nothing but micro-fractions of anticipation- syncopated signal gaps devoid of particles, fields or rays.  Letting go of infrastructure that’s outlived its usefulness is about fast-forwarding to the End to look back in time, back in energy to now.  System ends in IT always precede the best beginnings.



Lets see, End can mean so many things. There is the End of times, End of the world, End of life, etc. End of programming scripts. The End is a finish to everything that is going on.

Level 11

The end of something always open the door to the beginning of another.


This is a good reminder article.

It's so easy to see the issues, problems, staff running around with their hair on fire (not literally, although that could be exciting) But as patrick.hubbard​ so wisely points out the end of one thing is the beginning of another. Choosing to look forward to the new beginnings with anticipation and excitement, rather than looking at the issues is such a great way to keep perspective on the day. I know for myself it's what gets me through the trying days and encourages me to keep coming back for more.

I love what I do, I love that it supports the mission of the hospital, I love that I can indirectly affect the quality of life for people.

The End - A song by Dust for Life

See my heart I've traded in
Some new stranger dwells within
Crazy circles leading me back where I've been

So I start over again, give until you give in
Pay the d3vil now to make amends
And I'll give all this back to you in the end

Pull the stitch and heal the loss
Sell the soul and pay the cost
There are no words that can
Bring me back what I've lost

So I start over again, give until you give in
Pay the d3vil now to make amends
And I'll give all this back to you in the end

Now I know that words can k1ll
I have seen that words can k1ll

And I smile as I walk to the gallows

Wait while the hangman reads

Watch as my soul is escaping my body
I rise up as smoke through the trees
Rise up as smoke through the trees

So I start over again, give until you give in
Pay the d3vil now to make amends
And I'll give all this back to you in the end

I hear this song and i think about how so many people see life, and many other things.   I have a great faith in my heavenly father, and i know that in the end, the end is just a graduation from this world to a much better one.  An end is always the beginning of something new.

Level 8


Level 9

The fact that it ends gives life value. Your days are limited, if you can, by all means make your life better, if you can manage it, help others to do the same. If you can't manage to help try at least to not be a jerk

Level 11

It might be obvious for anyone that has read my posts that I have a staunch belief in God.  I had accepted the Lord as a teen and grown up in Christian home.  I was not sure I wanted to go right into college from HS and my Mom was unsure how she was going to pay for it.  I decided to join the Marines and put $ away through the GI Bill. While I was in, I got hurt really bad in a training accident.  To make the story short as possible, I woke up badly injured during a training exercise. I lay on the fender of the tank and could not breath.  I started a self assessment and could wiggle my fingers but could not move my arms or legs.  I had already been pulled from the tank and a friend was kneeling over me crying.  I began to pray knowing that I faced my mortal end.  God spoke to me and told me I would be alright, He was with me. I knew then that I would be ok, I was comforted to meet my end and knew if that happened, I would be in heaven.

I spent months in the hospital, my list of injuries was pages and pages long.  The Drs told me about all of the long term issues I would have. I am now in 50's and have no issues.  I am strong, healthy in mind, body and spirit.  I wanted to share this with the group and let you know: God keeps his promises!


Great story, and a testament to what God can do. Thanks for sharing!

Level 10


Level 12

You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.

Level 12

It makes those who fear they're about to quit. Feel like they're ready to begin. Bidding their darkened spirits goodbye. For the calming peace of a cloudless sky.


How can I miss you if you never leave?

Level 13

The End


Level 11

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The end of a hard project.  The end of a tough week.  The end of a bad time.  It's like a super hero that arrives in time to prevent me from making a big mistake.  I can THINK the thoughts, but must never give voice to them.

The end of a wonderful project.  The end of a great week.  The end of a fun time.  It's like a refreshing experience that lightens one's burdens and gives one strength to turn and look ahead at the next adventures awaiting us.

"The living end."  I'm absurdly literal sometimes, and I try to imagine "the living end."

The end of life is pretty serious thought.  When I was very young I was incredibly afraid of my mortality, and that of my parents, as well.  I could never imagine "the end" of life being positive--at least not until I imagined a life so filled with unhappiness that its ending would be sweet in the lack of pain.

As I've aged I've come to recognize there might a blessing in an ending to life, in relation to the end of unpleasantness.  "Glad did I live, and gladly die, and I lay me down with a will!"

When my parents approached old age, they sorrowed over the loss of all their siblings, and then of their friends.  I imagined what it might be like in their positions, being more and more isolated and alone.  It made me think there could come a time when "my end" might be anticipated favorably instead of feared.

But read Heinlein's stories about Lazarus Long (Methuselah's Children, and Time Enough For Love).  He's a man who lives to be at least 2,000 years old, who runs out of steam and has no hope for new and happy experiences, and after deciding to let himself die, he is shown there ARE new wonderful things to see, new experiences to enjoy, new reasons to learn and love and grow.  It made me imagine NOT eventually wanting to die, and being able to see things that are unexpected and incredible--realizing you've changed your perspective from "I've had enough--it's too much trouble to keep on keeping on"  to "Thank goodness I lived--I might have MISSED this!"  Resolving to see the galaxy or the universe, because it's all so amazingly wonderful!

Or as Gaffer Gamgee proclaimed:  "All's well as ends BETTER!"  Hamfast Gamgee | The One Wiki to Rule Them All | Fandom powered by Wikia

That's the kind of "end" I want.


The end of one thing just means there are a new set of challenges to meet.

Bring it on


Level 13

This so much.  Also, get off my lawn.

Level 13

I almost picked this one for the post image

Level 14

It’s the end of the world as we’ve known it

The PC Police have shown it

You can’t say what you think

Or the snowflakes will sink

I think society has finally blown it.

The end took the ball and ran to the end which scored enough points that the game did end.


“To be, or not to be: that is the question:

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,

And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;

No more; and by a sleep to say we end

The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause: there's the respect

That makes calamity of so long life;

For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,

The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,

The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,

The insolence of office and the spurns

That patient merit of the unworthy takes,

When he himself might his quietus make

With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,

To grunt and sweat under a weary life,

But that the dread of something after death,

The undiscover'd country from whose bourn

No traveller returns, puzzles the will

And makes us rather bear those ills we have

Than fly to others that we know not of?

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;

And thus the native hue of resolution

Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,

And enterprises of great pith and moment

With this regard their currents turn awry,

And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!

The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons

Be all my sins remember'd!”

― William Shakespeare, Hamlet


If you remove a person's arteries, veins, & capillaries, and tie them end to end, that person will die.- Neil deGrasse Tyson December 6, 2016


I want [upon death] to be buried, just like in the old days, where I decompose by the action of microorganisms, and I am dined upon by any form of creeping animal or root system that sees fit to do so.... I will have recycled back to the universe at least some of the energy that I have taken from it. And in so doing, at the conclusion of my scientific adventures, I will have come closer to the heavens than to Earth. The Sky Is Not the Limit, p. 182, - Neil deGrasse Tyson


Brian Cox and Robin Ince - What is death? Answering the question when does a strawberry meet its end...


So here's a health to the company, and one to my lass.

Let us drink and be merry all out of one glass.

Let us drink and be merry all grief to refrain.

For we may and might never all meet here again.

Minstrels Of Mayhem - "Health To The Company"


Thank you all for holding up your end. I must bring this post to its conclusion now before I cross some boundary and cannot achieve my goal.

Some endings happen way too soon and cause shock waves through time that are still felt today.

One ending that comes to mind is the loss of Head Geek Lawrence Garvin.   RIP.


Level 9


     Paul McCartney

Level 12

Everything has an end, no matter what. Nothing is permanent. Some ends bring about the beginning of something new, such as an animal dying and being eaten by another animal, or a sun exploding into a black hole. Some ends are just ends, that lead to nothing new, such as something getting sucked into that black hole. In IT we deal with ends and beginnings all the time. End of Lifing an aging application/server/vm, spooling up a new system, terminating user access, and granting new user access. I think any of us would be hard pressed to make it through a week, or even a day, without having to deal with an end of something.


Most of the time the end never happens when you plan it, that's for sure.

So we have to keep that in mind and make the most of every moment.

Level 21

Entropy seems to assure us that everything eventually is brought to an end.  However, with each End comes a new beginning and new opportunity!  This process seems especially fast in the IT world so if you don't like change, you may want to consider a different career. 

Level 13

End is a very significant word. It can have a profound effect on you and everyone around you - positive or negative...

Example - this is the end of our relationship. This is the end of your life. This is the end of your career.

However, think about the potential positive effects...

This is the end of being alone.  This is the end of cancer.  Ending something should not be taken or done lightly, as it is a course and life altering event.

Level 12

There is no end to anything just a new beginning

Level 12

You cannot change your past but you can re-write your ending.

Level 18

"It is not your responsibility to finish the work [of perfecting the world],

but you are not free to desist from it either."

Rabbi Tarfon, Pirke Avot 2:21

"This is the End! My only friend, the End!"  - The Doors

End & Begin go hand-in-hand. How many graduation speeches have we sat through where the speaker professes that where this journey ends, a new journey begins... ya! ya! ya! Well it is true I suppose.

There is only one true End. All others are relative.

Level 11

Transformers the Movie (1986) anyone?

"This is the end of the road, Galvatron!" - Rodimus Prime


Level 10




The song, In the End by Linkin Park has always spoken to me.

I tried so hard

And got so far

But in the end

It doesn't even matter

It is almost like a song version of Ecclesiastes 1

1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:

2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”

3 What do people gain from all their labors
    at which they toil under the sun?

We chase after so many things that do not matter in the end.

Seldom do people lay a death's door wishing they had spent more time at work or owned more toys.  But rather, they wish they had forgiven or been forgiven, had loved more, spent more time with kids and grand kids, or done more to help other's.

So take the advice of Garth Brooks

So tell that someone that you love

Just what you're thinking of

If tomorrow never comes

Level 11


So do not struggle a lot in your life.. Have fun work hard like a donkey play like a pig  (doesnt care of anything else).

God bless u'all

Level 10

The End.

It's that feeling you get when you see the writing at the end of a really really good movie. A big smile on your face at the wonderful way the story was told. The Princess Bride comes to mind, such a great movie, that I think I've watched so often, that I know all the lines to it.

So much so that I was at a friends house, who speaks German. Stated that she only had the German version of the movie, told her I didn't mind. Halfway through she realized I was mouthing along with some of the scenes she looked so surprised. 'Oh! your German has improved!' ... 'sorry no.. I.. I just really love this movie!'

The End.

It makes me think of, when you get to the end of your code. You test run it, and you are done. It's working. There are no more errors to debug (WOOHOO!!) and you can present your final result.

The End.

It's not always a bad thing. One ending, really does open the doors to a new beginning.

The End. The end of something doesn't mean you can't end things with a bit of humor, and a bit of laugh. Life would be so dull without it. The end of one adventure doesn't mean it's the only adventure out there. There will always be a new adventure to go on, and run towards!


The End.

I wish I had Terry Pratchett's gift of writing. He always had a way of saying things just right.



WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL LURKS IN THE HEART OF MEN? The Death of Rats looked up from the feast of potato. SQUEAK, he said. Death waved a hand dismissively. WELL, YES, OBVIOUSLY ME, he said. I JUST WONDERED IF THERE WAS ANYONE ELSE.

    -- The Truth


“The senior wizards of Unseen University stood and looked at the door.

There was no doubt that whoever had shut it wanted it to stay shut. Dozens of nails secured it to the door frame. Planks had been nailed right across. And finally it had, up until this morning, been hidden by a bookcase that had been put in front of it.

'And there's the sign, Ridcully,' said the Dean. 'You have read it, I assume. You know? The sign which says "Do not, under any circumstances, open this door"?'

'Of course I've read it,' said Ridcully. 'Why d'yer think I want it opened?'

'Er ... why?' said the Lecturer in Recent Runes.

'To see why they wanted it shut, of course.'

This exchange contains almost all you need to know about human civilization. At least, those bits of it that are now under the sea, fenced off or still smoking.”

― Hogfather


“Winder's mind felt even fuzzier than it had done over the past few years, but he was certain about cake. He'd been eating cake, and now there wasn't any. Through the mists he saw it, apparently close but, when he tried to reach it, a long way away.

A certain realization dawned on him.

"Oh," he said.

YES, said Death.

"Not even time to finish my cake?"


― Night Watch


Level 20

I was listening to George Noory on Coast to Coast AM this morning on the way to work (tail end has been on at 5:30 AM PHX time this week) about the possibilities for life after death.  One it could just be the end period.  Another popular theory in many regions has been reincarnation.  Still another is some other place like heaven or hell.  Interested stuff... how we come up with answers to the one given that we all die some day.

Level 15

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."

-Lao Tzu

To me, the word "end" pulls my brain into thinking about the final resting place after a journey. Be it life, career, raising children, or even a game that I may be playing.

More importantly, it reminds me to be purposeful with my choices and remember that there will be an end and that destination is largely influnced by my own actions.

Level 10

Jim Morrison - The End (Full + The Doors) - YouTube

Click it. Watch it. Listen to it. Feel it.

Agreed. My wife reminds me that being on your phone while driving can accelerate the "end" part of the concept of existence, for example Which is why I don't do it.

Like many mantras, you can only control so much - but there is plenty within the "so much".

Level 9

End of the year, means you survived another year of IT without pulling all your hair out! (okay maybe hopefully!)

Level 17

Yes, everything ends. Except for COBOL. That crap will live forever.

Level 9

I am with you always even to the end of the world.

Level 9

The world is definitely coming to an end soon, as it is very glaring that what is happening in the world today are signs of the end times.

Level 10

What have you gained in 2016. It will end very soon.

The month is also coming to an End.

Level 10

Whatever has a beginning must have an end.

End of life. So enjoy the moment and live life to the fullest.

Level 12

When the end is near you know. The beginning will come to an end someday.

Begin to end. End to Begin Again.