“So, welcome back.” Scotty shoved the cream and sugar across the table.
The coffee was adjusted, tasted and declared perfect before Mike answered “Thanks. Been taking a bit of a break from studies. Gave the brain a rest and didn’t even have a skill training, inside. Was nice having a quiet mind for a bit.”
“Wouldn’t know. Universe seems to keep on going and making noise whether we pay attention or not, doesn’t it.”
“Yup . . . was just reading the latest from the CSM. They have fallen out of the news but they are stiull working along and doing some interesting new things along the way.”
“Oh?” Scotty leaned back. “Do tell.”
“Well, for openers they have decided to keep a more accurate list of things the CSM’s of the past have asked for . . . the lowhanging fruit was a term I heard brought up. It puts things in perspective and shows the duration some things have been begged for.”
“Any of those light your fire?”
“Well, a bigger watch list? Easier bookmark transfer and logistics? Hell most of the ideas in there are good ones even if I wouldn’t notice if they were added. The thing is this list is dynamic and helps show what has been asked for before and by how many people/councils. It is a good idea dn well executed. I understand Trebor Daehdoow did the background work on it and a damn fine job of it, he did.”
“Well it is nice to see the communications going well. They manage anything else or was that it?”
“Next one had a but of an argument and it was training rewards for folks who are willing to help out in testing. Seems that there are already some rewards for specific testing events and they wanted to make it more broad in its spread. It passed 6-3 but I think it may have to go back for more of a rethink.”
“Dontcha believe in rewarding the folks involved in research?” Scotty sipped his own drink and looked at Mike curiously.
“Actually, I think it falls short of the mark. I think those involved in theoretical testing ought to see more tangible real world rewards. But that is just me, I suppose. Then there was a call to increase how well magentomic sites paid off, another that asked that our industry showed current number of jobs in science and industry pages right next to the max number of possible jobs. All the proposals they brough forward passed.”
“Rubber stamping time?”
“No, I think the CSM is working harder behind the scenes to make sure proposals are well polished by the time they hit the metting. Makes for less arguments when things are clear in what is asked for. But there was some after the slate of issues discussion that concerned me. Me specifcally.”
“Not by name I assume.”
Mike chuckled. “I doubt most of the CSM have a clue I exist. No but they were discussing about publishing results of August planning meeting re CSM items. They were tossing around the idea that most folks wouldn’t care anyways and that only the political fanbois would ever read such things. To quote Mazz
i am still of the opinion that nobody is going to give a shit about a huge chunk of all that nobody except the hardcore csm fanbois care about csm history, and all the hardcore csm fanbois have probably been on the csm itself should could would i really cant imagine anyone not directly working with that stuff to care
Scotty laughed. “Not all the fanbois have been on the CSM yet, is that what you mean?”
“Well, more than just me. I am sure there are others who like a peek behind the curtains. But they aren’t as noisy as I am.”
“A real rabble rouser, you are.” Scotty drawled.
“Well, in the end they decided to wait another week. They are . . .” Mike rolled his eyes “trying to show excellence is worth waiting for.”
Yes, the CSM is still out there working hard for you, but not noisily.
I try to make a bit of noise for the seventeen folks who read this.
For those of you who think that the CSM is a glorified ‘free trip to Iceland’ I want you to remember all the flipping hours they put in, quietly. The above meeting went very smoothly and only took 1 hr 50 minutes. Not all go that well or that fast.
I truly fear we could lose really good players to the CSM making Eve too much of a job for the game to remain fun.
Oh, this is post 99 of this blog, next one I break into the triple digits. I know for a lot of bloggers that is nothing special, but it is for me.