Posted by: Dave | February 28, 2009

Constant Eye on Historical Events?

Often times it is the case where you have a constantly changing system in which  there are events constantly taking place. Consequently, you want constant visibility on this system – you watch it. However, would you ever want constant visibility on a single event that only happened once? 

That is, would it ever be conceivable to want an hourly or daily report on a historical event? I’m going to argue yes, in some circumstances this might give you the upper hand.  The historical data may change, but because it already happened and is in the past, some might be willing to take a one time observation and move on. Below is an actual e-mail thread from a few days ago at work that prompted the thought. 



From:
Dave
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:06 AM
To: Henry VIII
Subject: Spanish Armada

Hey, History Buff –

British defeat of the Spanish Armada interest you at all?



From:
Henry VIII
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:07 AM
To: David Kennedy
Subject: RE: Spanish Armada

Heck YA! I LOVE Tudor England! Why??



From:
David Kennedy 
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:09 AM
To: Henry VIII
Subject: RE: Spanish Armada

Apparently, new evidence shows this may have been attributable to the English having Big-Ass guns. 🙂

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/24/2337202&from=rss



From:
Henry VIII
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:15 AM
To: David Kennedy
Subject: RE: Spanish Armada

??? As opposed to a Big-Ass NAVY, made from uber lightweight wood? I MUST read about this!!



From:
David Kennedy 
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:18 AM
To: Henry VIII
Subject: RE: Spanish Armada

I know it! I was always like ‘Big Ass Navy! Yeah!’. But now I’m like ‘Big-Ass Navy and Bad-Ass Guns! HELL YEAH! History just keeps getting’ better.’



From:
Henry VIII
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:23 AM
To: David Kennedy
Subject: RE: Spanish Armada

I need you to automate for me the number of Spanish deaths caused by big ass guns as opposed to Spanish deaths caused by stealthiness of big ass navy.

I also need to to pull stats on to what extent the weight of gold and booty caused Spanish ships to sink off the coast of Britain as opposed to what sinkage was caused by pure wrath of God.

Please leave out any outliers like scurvy or senseless drunken duels in your deaths report.

Thank you.



From:
David Kennedy 
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:31 AM
To: Henry VIII
Subject: RE: Spanish Armada

Automate?!? You mean this is a recurring report?

Otherwise, your request looks fine.



From:
Henry VIII
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:33 AM
To: David Kennedy
Subject: RE: Spanish Armada

Clearly it is recurring, it is recurring as you just presented new findings this morning.

Shall I request a ticket?



From:
David Kennedy 
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:36 AM
To: Henry VIII
Subject: RE: Spanish Armada

Actually, in all seriousness, that brings up a good point…. Just because something happened once does not imply that it would necessarily be a one time report – as new information may be uncovered or revealed.

And there was some hidden humor in my comment “History just keeps getting’ better.”; History doesn’t change – just our understanding of it. Somehow though, I giggled like a school-girl to myself when I made the comment.

But if our understanding of it changes – then in some situations, there may be the need for continuous (or at least periodic) visibility.

Oh, and the Analytics team is very busy with projectX items. Can’t be bothered, so don’t put in a ticket. I’ll just pull the report as a personal favor.

 


 

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