Monthly Archive: November 2006

Nov 28

Old Fogeys in Training

This was a real eye-opener. A geek reviews the Wii, and finds it lacking compared to his beloved 360. His reasons? 1. It was awkward to use It wasn’t particularly fun for me, however. It was awkward to play videogames, which hasn’t been the case for me since I got used to controllers with more …

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Nov 28

The Problem With Programming

Why is software so buggy? They ask Bjarne Stroustrup, the inventor of C++. His answer (paraphrased) Because the stupid users value other things more than they value quality Yes, those stupid users. How dare they have preferences different from Dr. Stroustrup’s. The unmitigated gall! Update: fixed a missing apostrophe.

Nov 28

Headlines straight from The Onion

I came up with the following headlines this morning, and thought they would be great as Onion articles.  however, it would be more fun if I opened the floor and let everyone take a stab at the article content. here are the headlines: New Plan Worries Alarmists and Lack of bad news a source of …

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Nov 28

How to sound like an executive

Whenever someone throws out an idea, say “Interesting idea, but is it actionable?” Whenever someone suggests changing a process, say “I like the concept, but how do we measure success?” When your team starts a new project, say “We need to be clear what ‘Done’ means for this project” You can also say “What are …

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Nov 27

Zen Moment of the Day

No matter what you believe, there are educated, intelligent people out there who think you’re a fool for believing it.

Nov 23

Lazy… by Charles Berkely

To the tune of “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my types There was something so pleasant about that place Even your constructors have a Proxy In so much space…. mmmmmm.. And when you cast there, without care, Objects get out of touch But it wasn’t because …

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Nov 17

Geek One Liners

Why don’t infertile people make good testers? Because they cannot reproduce What’s the graphic designer’s favorite drink? Hi-res root beer How can you tell when there’s been an elephant in your data center? People are walking around outside with a dazed expression saying “Holy crap – how did an elephant get into our data center?”

Nov 16

Carnival of the Agilists – 11/16/2006

Welcome to the November 16th, 2006 edition of the Carnival of Agilists. This edition brings us controversy, thought leadership and pratical advice. You know, the simple things in life. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools We had another big controversy in the Blogosphere re: Agile. First, Dimitri Zimine wrote about “How Two Hours Can …

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Nov 16

The Agile Spellbook

Inspired by this “Computer Science D&D Spellbook” Invoke ScrumMaster Call Daily Meeting Otto’s Irresistable User Stories Summon Product Owner Cause Unit Test Increase FitNesse Sprint Of Heroes Continual Integration Remove Scope Phantasmal Feature Comprehend Customer Mordenkain’s Iterative Endeavor Silence Chicken Symbol of Burndown Iteration To Stone Any others?

Nov 10

Palindrome of the day

“Reviled did I live,” said I, “As evil I did deliver.” Could also be: Reviled did I live; evil I did deliver. But my favorite of all time remains: Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog

Nov 10

A Squidoo Lenz

I added a Squidoo Lenz for myself.  It’s an interesting system – check it out.

Nov 10

How to tell if you spend too much time playing MMOs

You’re in a difficult meeting at work, someone stands up and says “To hell with you guys, I quit.”, and the next thing you say is “Can I have your stuff?” You rationalize playing for an extra 5 hours because then you’ll only be paying an even 10 cents per hour for the month! A …

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Nov 07

The Four Programmers

With apologies to Monty Python The Scene: Four strangely dressed men are sitting together at a vacation resort. First Programmer Now that’s a good cup of coffee. Second Programmer Nothing like a tall cup of Sumatra-Arabica blend, eh Dennis? Third Programmer You’re right there, Ken. Fourth Programmer Who’d have thought thirty years ago we’d all …

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Nov 07

Very cool animation

A graphic designer’s take on FAA flight information for a 24 hour period.

Nov 05

Borat

I haven’t seen Borat, and based on the reviews, I’m not going to, at least in a theater. I’m sure other people will enjoy it heartily, and I don’t think less of them for that; movies that show how professional comedians can mercilessly manipulate and abuse regular people just isn’t my thing. “But wait – …

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