Our Downtime is minimal – but Life enhancing!

Just to show that we do prize ‘down time’ at Richard Wheeler Associates, that time spent considering things other than software engineering, grappling with Hadoop, immersing ourselves in client’s growth strategies, compiling shortlists of CTOs, System Architects, J2EE specialists, preparing the ground for a Search & Selection tender, assessing the merits of one embedded C++ candidate vs another, rubbing up alongside Android, getting to grips with the latest cleantech hiring campaign, the nitty gritty of algorithm development, the merit’s/ethics of Google Glass (a step too far? Discuss)………we offer what we hope will be the first of many glimpses - of this ‘down time’:

Alice Oswald – A Sleepwalk on the Severn [a short extract]

Flat stone sometimes lit sometimes not
One among many moodswung creatures
That have settled in this beautiful
Uncountry of an Estuary

Swans pitching your wings
In the reedy layby of a vacancy
Where the house of the sea
Can be set up quickly and taken down in an hour

All you flooded and stranded weeds whose workplace
Is both a barren mudsite and a speeded up garden
Full of lake offerings and slabs of light
Which then unwills itself to listen

All you crabs in the dark alleys of the wall
All you mudswarms ranging up and down
I notice you are very alert and worn out
Skulking about and grabbing what you can

Listen this is not the ordinary surface river
This is not river at all this is something
Like a huge repeating mechanism
Banging and banging the jetty

Very hard to define, most close in kind
To the mighty angels of purgatory
Who come solar-powered into darkness
Using no other sails than their shining wings

Yes this is the moon this hurrying
Muscular unsolid unstillness
This endless wavering in whose engine
I too am living.   

Too, we might drop the Big Data for the Great Outdoors and listen hard to this impassioned plea from Iolo Williams, following the State of Nature, report May 2013: