Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Episode 331: The Perils Of Business

Finished reading a corporate satire gamebook today, Owen Burke and Duff McDonald's The CEO. It was actually pretty funny, once you got over the unevenness of some of the stories. I made a little bit of effort and charted out each of the 29 possible stories contained in the book:

1) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 201-2, 143-4, 205, 234-5, 208-9, 219-20, 199-200, 145, 78, 192, 198, 68, 186, 54, 146, 151-2, 58, 69
2) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 201-2, 143-4, 205, 234-5, 208-9, 219-20, 199-200, 145, 78, 192, 198, 68, 186, 54, 146, 151-2, 162-4, 224-5
3) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 201-2, 143-4, 205, 234-5, 208-9, 219-20, 199-200, 145, 78, 192, 198, 68, 186, 54, 96, 104
4) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 201-2, 143-4, 205, 234-5, 208-9, 219-20, 199-200, 145, 78, 192, 198, 68, 232-3, 5, 243, 109, 158-9, 217, 188-9, 193-4, 221-2, 227, 128, 45, 240, 52-3, 34-5, 226, 40, 89-90, 242
5) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 201-2, 143-4, 205, 234-5, 208-9, 219-20, 199-200, 145, 78, 192, 198, 68, 232-3, 5, 243, 109, 158-9, 217, 188-9, 193-4, 221-2, 227, 128, 147-8
6) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 201-2, 143-4, 205, 234-5, 208-9, 219-20, 199-200, 145, 78, 192, 198, 68, 232-3, 5, 243, 109, 158-9, 217, 214, 18
7) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 201-2, 143-4, 205, 234-5, 208-9, 219-20, 199-200, 145, 78, 192, 198, 68, 232-3, 5, 243, 109, 161, 47, 166
8) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 201-2, 143-4, 205, 234-5, 208-9, 219-20, 39, 42, 129, 230, 134-5
9) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 201-2, 143-4, 205, 234-5, 208-9, 223, 241, 247
10) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 201-2, 143-4, 4, 79, 88, 127, 190, 21-2, 100-1
11) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 201-2, 143-4, 4, 79, 88, 127, 190, 236-7, 187, 195, 102
12) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 201-2, 143-4, 4, 79, 88, 127, 190, 236-7, 187, 195, 102
13) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 85-6, 10-2, 139-40, 197, 171, 203, 165, 228-9, 153-5, 210-2, 91
14) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 85-6, 10-2, 139-40, 197, 171, 203, 165, 228-9, 122-3, 133, 65, 77
15) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 85-6, 10-2, 94-5, 132, 87
16) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 85-6, 10-2, 94-5, 132, 55, 70-1, 92-3, 98-9, 118-9, 244
17) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 85-6, 10-2, 94-5, 132, 55, 70-1, 92-3, 98-9, 114-5, 83-4, 61-3, 105-6, 117, 182, 44, 24, 46, 196, 124
18) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 85-6, 10-2, 94-5, 132, 55, 70-1, 92-3, 98-9, 114-5, 83-4, 61-3, 105-6, 117, 182, 56-7, 59, 13, 74-5, 82, 213, 64, 177, 218, 14, 19-20, 27-9, 120-1
19) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 85-6, 10-2, 94-5, 132, 55, 70-1, 92-3, 98-9, 114-5, 83-4, 61-3, 105-6, 117, 182, 56-7, 59, 13, 74-5, 82, 213, 64, 177, 218, 14, 19-20, 183, 41, 191
20) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 85-6, 10-2, 94-5, 132, 55, 70-1, 92-3, 98-9, 114-5, 83-4, 61-3, 105-6, 117, 182, 56-7, 59, 13, 74-5, 82, 213, 64, 177, 218, 207, 215-6
21) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 85-6, 10-2, 94-5, 132, 55, 70-1, 92-3, 98-9, 114-5, 83-4, 61-3, 105-6, 117, 182, 56-7, 59, 13, 74-5, 82, 213, 130-1, 142, 206, 103, 113
22) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 85-6, 10-2, 94-5, 132, 55, 70-1, 92-3, 98-9, 114-5, 83-4, 61-3, 105-6, 117, 182, 56-7, 59, 13, 74-5, 82, 213, 130-1, 142, 206, 66-7, 76, 116, 125-6, 176, 181, 167, 170, 204
23) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 85-6, 10-2, 94-5, 132, 55, 70-1, 92-3, 98-9, 114-5, 83-4, 61-3, 105-6, 117, 182, 56-7, 59, 13, 74-5, 82, 213, 130-1, 142, 206, 66-7, 76, 116, 125-6, 15-7
24) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 85-6, 10-2, 94-5, 132, 55, 70-1, 92-3, 98-9, 114-5, 83-4, 61-3, 105-6, 117, 182, 56-7, 59, 13, 74-5, 82, 213, 130-1, 142, 25-6, 32-3
25) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 85-6, 10-2, 94-5, 132, 55, 70-1, 92-3, 98-9, 114-5, 83-4, 43, 48-9, 97, 107-8, 168-9, 172-3, 231, 160, 238-9
26) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 85-6, 10-2, 94-5, 132, 55, 70-1, 92-3, 98-9, 114-5, 83-4, 43, 48-9, 97, 107-8, 110-2, 31
27) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 72-3, 141, 80-1, 23, 60, 8
28) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 36-8, 50-1, 30, 184-5, 72-3, 141, 80-1, 23, 60, 138
29) 1-3, 6-7, 136-7, 9, 149-50, 156-7, 179-180, 174-5, 178, 245-6

Wasn't that difficult, just had to be systematic about it. Haha! Now it's back to Poet's Choice. Actually need to try finishing that book by tomorrow so that I can return it, otherwise I'll have to get another copy from some other library branch. It shouldn't be too difficult, if I can set aside a couple of hours in the early afternoon tomorrow, since the book, as I mentioned yesterday, is eminently readable. I'm actually giving serious thought to ordering a copy of Hirsch's book once I get back to the UK, that's how much I'm liking this book. Anyway, I was just about to vote for one of the suggested titles for the musical, when it suddenly occurred to me that there was a way to give the title a sufficient twist to make it clear that our musical is not merely The Importance Of Being Earnest with songs. We should totally call it The Importance Of Being Honest. It sort of preserves the irony of the original, but giving it a slant more relevant to the actual plot of our musical. Bella's forwarded the e-mail with my suggestion to the rest of the team, so hopefully everyone else considers it as clever as I do!

2 comments:

Aeth said...

sick!

then again, you might be bluffing and I'd never ever know since I haven't read the thing!

Ian said...

I'm not! I really did read the whole thing. It's not that hard. It was satire. How hard can it be to read that and enjoy it?