Critical mass

The term “critical mass” has a multiple definitions. For example, in physics, it’s “the minimum amount of fissile material needed to maintain a nuclear chain reaction.” In business, it’s “the minimum size or amount of something required to start or maintain a venture.”

The Urban Dictionary offers another: “when something reaches the threshold of its limits.” Let’s think about that for a moment, that definition as applied to the Charley Project:

1. The number of cases that can be added is, to all intents, unlimited.
2. Every case that gets added can and will be updated eventually, if only to just take it off again.
3. Therefore, the number of cases that can be updated is also unlimited.
4. The number of cases I am able to add and update is finite.

So, when someone asks me “Why haven’t you added So-and-so yet,” that’s basically the answer.

I find myself feeling the need to prioritize. There’s a lot of stuff that, in a perfect world, I would put up, but is Only So Much I Can Do. So many things wind up in the slush pile.

I tell myself I cannot help it. It’s mathematics.

2 thoughts on “Critical mass

  1. Jaclyn September 5, 2013 / 1:51 am

    Eloquently stated. I just might steal this as an answer to all those that expect so much of me!

  2. Jose September 5, 2013 / 10:10 am

    What happens If it’s a case that is no longer being Investigated?

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