Application of scientific methods to management and administration of military, government, commercial, and industrial systems. It began during World War II in Britain when teams of scientists worked with the Royal Air Force to improve radar detection of enemy aircraft, leading to coordinated efforts to improve the entire system of early warning, defense, and supply. It is characterized by a systems orientation, or systems engineering, in which interdisciplinary research teams adapt scientific methods to large-scale problems that must be modeled, since laboratory testing is impossible. Examples include resource allocation and replacement, inventory control, and scheduling of large-scale construction projects.
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The compilation contains tracks chosen by former band members in an attempt to encompass the group's chronology, from inception to their split in 2001. While there are many notable track omissions, most of the band's EP and album releases are represented, along with a selection of seven tracks previously unreleased on an album or EP. The collection received much criticism for ignoring all records that came out before 1997, the EPs "Hell Paso" and "Alfaro Vive, Carajo!" and the debut album "Acrobatic Tenement".
Guitarist Jim Ward addressed the omissions, explaining that: "I was just adamant about certain things staying off it. There was just some stuff I wanted to stay special, like those early seven-inches. If you have them, then you have them because you were in a certain place at a certain time."
The "Special Limited Edition" comes as a two-disc set, with disc two as a DVD containing three videos ("One Armed Scissor", "Invalid Litter Dept.", and "Metronome Arthritis"), the "Operations Manual" electronic press kit, a discography, and a small collection of extras.
The name of the album was taken from a lyric in "One Armed Scissor".
The following tracks were previously unreleased on an album: