Design: Grapes

The person directing the comments, on a C Span show called Q&A, said it is usually the process that fails in the designing of anything. This was said in context of a book the author he was questioning wrote.

The author’s book is about the process in the design of what to put back in place of the Twin Towers that fell on 9/112001, in New York City. The book seems to describe a process that nearly completely failed and is still on going even after over a decade.

I believe he is right, the process is usually the first to fail.

In the process of Observing the environment, inside and outside of the area, at Ground Zero, then and now, something happened. The advantage, as a center of a financial empire, tried to remain the same, while other tremendous forces tried to change the advantage into something that would last, a memory.

This moving back and forth of the advantages meant the coordinates, of the position, of the advantage that either design represents, couldn’t stabilize into a particular Orientation, so the Decision-making almost came to a standstill, and no Action could take place.

In other words the designing process, in this case the OODA loop, failed.

So in designing, it is not just the strategy used, or how something was taken apart or put back together that fails. It is usually the process that the strategy of the design overrides that fails. And it fails before any destruction or construction takes place.

In the process of designing (the destroying and constructing of ideas), the process is usually the first to fail.

A case in point is my attempt at turning grapes into wine, or more accurately, raisins.

The process of destroying what grapes were and creating something of another design is described in this PDF. My strategy in the process was to “go by the book”.

It might be that I should have read more books or used another book, but the point where the process broke down for me was on page 5, second to the bottom paragraph.

It reads, “Steam or place grapes in boiling water for 30 seconds to one minute until the skins crack.” I couldn’t get my skins to crack.

Apparently, if the skins don’t crack the drying process is slowed or comes to a stop. I ended up with a dehydrator full of, while tasty, raisins that were sub par in quality.

The PDF said the drying process in a dehydrator should only take between 12-24 hrs.

None of the grapes were ready after 24hrs, and when they finally dried, most were over-dried (to get the center dry) or the skins never did dry. At this point my strategy kinda broke down, so I wasted a lot of time in re-orientation (trying different steps).

I tried several steps-in-time to increase the likelihood that the splitting process could be carried out in boiling water. First I tried getting the grapes cooler and in another step, increasing the time in the boiling water (among other things), and nothing helped.

There were other steps I could try, I had several other ideas, but my feeling is: boiling water will split the skins only if my grapes were frozen first.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

All input from all links in the network appreciated 🙂

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