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I would like to
share my thoughts with you on
subjects. For example, do you use data and information as synonyms, how
about giving and sharing, if you do, you shouldn't. Do you know about
error of allness, do you know what makes a manager unique, do you know
the unique attributes of non material resources, do you know why we
like welfare, taxes, income tax forms, etc. Can you answer the
'Which came first the chicken or the egg' or 'If a tree falls in a
was there a sound'.
If you would like my thoughts on these and other topics, please read on.
does a systems analyst do?"
"Why a system analyst analyzes a system, of course."
You don't like
that answer! Well neither did I,
I can't explain systems, system analysis, or any of the other topics in
a sentence; therefore a quarter of 'Thoughts' must be technical. I
to make all of my explanations as simple as possible, and if you make
effort to understand the technical parts you will be able to understand
why the 'systems approach' has had very a profound effect on my way of
thinking. Chapter two explains a system and chapter three explains what
a systems analyst does.
Thoughts of a Systems
Richard R Riker
Copyright 2000 all rights reserved
Having made the
above statement I hereby give
to any periodical to reprint completely and without abridgments any one
thought or one chapter of a story or one comment or article per issue
the appropriate byline is used plus this web site address.
'Thoughts' is the consolidated thoughts of many authors explaining in simple terms systems, system analysis, management, data processing, data, information, etc. and some of their ramifications. The chapters and thoughts do not have to be read in order; however the tools and definitions of the systems approach are seldom repeated after chapter six.
Recommendations to read 'Thoughts'
1 Start at the
beginning and read straight
if you have
difficulty with the technical parts just keep reading.
2 If you can't follow the first recommendation, skip to
'The Arsenic Factory Syndrome' and read to the end
and try again from the beginning.
3 If you would like to read the some of the highlights, read in this order,
'Giving and sharing', 'Tsunami', 'I can't see that', 'Data and Information',
'The Error of Allness', 'Our Negative Positive Bias, 'Knowing', and 'Religion'.
4 If you don't read any thing else at this web site, read 'Giving and sharing'
This book is
dedicated to Steve Falk and all those like
him, those who have the courage to examine another's idea at the risk
disturbing their own status quo.
We were standing in the hall waiting for the adult discussion group to begin when Steve approached and said, "I had a decision to make the first thing this morning, what away to start the week. I could stay home and read the Sunday paper in peace or I could come to church and get shook up by Riker."
The full importance of Steve's statement did not come to me until many years later. I think very slowly, and I never thanked Steve for his comment. It became very important to me over the years because it meant at least one person was listening and understood what I was trying to say. Frequently my thoughts challenge the status quo and when I express my thoughts I'm never sure I presented them so someone else could understand. Thank you Steve.
Thoughts Table of Content
Web Page Chapter
'A Way of Thinking'
'Who Am I'
Systems 2 Systems 'Systems, Systems, System, what is a system'
'Bits, Bytes, and Beyond'
'The Systems Approach'
Managment 3 Management 'What Makes A Manager Unique'
Data 4 Definitions 'Information and Data, Are They Synonyms'
'I Can't See That'
'Material and Nonmaterial Resources and
'Giving and Sharing'
5 Communication 'Is Communication a Two Way Street'
6 Data Processing
Comments 7 Comments
'The Arsenic Factory Syndrome'
'It wasn't Pride'
'Our Negative Positive Bias'
'The Error of Allness'
'A Conservation Over Heard'
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Table of Content
Welcome to Comments of a Systems Analyst
I recommend you read 'Thankful' and the 'Gift'
Comments Table of contents
Date added Title
010907 Oil Price Spikes
010907 Another reason to obey laws
010907 The Conflict Between Science and Religion
011015 You Can keep Your Christian Faith and Accept Evolution
020320 Web Sites philosophy
020505 Subtle Themes philosophy
020525 The Gift philosophy
020715 Should Religion be Taught in School
030402 Deja Vu philosophy
040120 School Vouchers
040124 No Out Cry philosophy
040124 Desolate philosophy
040214 Is Starvation in Our Future
040229 Literalist religion
040229 What We Should Do energy
040324 The Bibical
Definition of Marriage
040610 What I Remember About the Oil Industry
040728 The Tax Cut Myth
040728 My Message to ... misc
040728 My Answer to ... misc
040728 But We Gotta... misc
040729 911 our greed and arrogance
041122 Thankful philosophy
041122 Greenspan economics
050309 This is My Country... philosophy
051003 A Little Knowledge a personal experience
060321 Big and Small oil
061014 Newspaper Articles oil global warming
070330 Can You Pass This Test philosophy government
070330 What is wrong with our Country philosophy
070330 Information can approach objectivity
070330 What is a conservative What is an 'Idiotologue'
070330 Why oil price will continue to increase
080122 It's More
080122 It's More than Global Warming
080122 What I think is the greatest threat to our country and to peace
080402 The GDP Illusion
080426 Oil Inventories and Ethanol from Corn
080526 How a Farmer uses the futures market
080716 How to eliminate government waste
080716 Comments on an essay philosophy
081023 The Price of Gasoline and the Lilly Pad Story
090106 What is our problem economics
090106 Profit is a dirty word economics
091118 Events and Limits
091121 A Pipeline Through Afghanistan oil
091126 How did we get into theis mess economics
091126 It still makes my blood boil politics
100502 A Free Market? economics
101228 Economics Not 101
111015 Three Things People Need to Know About Oil
111015 Some Comments Not Made Else Where Oil
120404 Reminiscing economics
120417 If this is Global Warming Why aren't we warm
131107 My Encounters with Economics
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Welcome to the Stories of a Systems Analyst
I think 'The Three B's' is my best story, I also like 'The Last Day in Paradise' and 'The Headless Horseman'.
Stories Table of Content
Date added Number of words Title
011022 29534 The Three B's.
010907 5585 Selfish.
011029 33426 The Headless Horseman.
011115 55863 Doc.
011121 32241 The Blue Planet.
031122 9000 Jack and Jill
031122 2635 The Last Day in Paradise.
010907 841 I.
080716 959 The Tide that didn't go out
080819 5205 The Money Grab
090911 MY Wife
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