Monthly Archive: September 2007

Sep 27

Sunlight Labs Blog

One of the things I like most about Agile development is the open and honest communications – making software development more transparent to management and stakeholders than the current approach(es) which seem much murkier and confusing. This is one of the reasons I was so intrigued about working for the Sunlight Foundation – taking that …

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Sep 26

Petrov Day

Celebrate Petrov Day by enjoying modern life and its conveniences.  Look around you and say “You know, we may have problems, but at least Stanislav Petrov was smart enough not to start a nuclear war based on faulty equipment”

Sep 26

Digg EarmarkWatch

The latest tool from the SunlightFoundation – EarmarkWatch is out, and we’d love for you to check it out, give us feedback, and if you like, help us Digg it up to the front page.

Sep 21

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Sunlight Foundation – One Web Day 2007 Video from my new job. That’s our Creative Director in the video.

Sep 21

Carnival of the agilists

The latest edition is up.  Pete discusses anarchy, commitment, scaling, growing, elevators and a lot more.

Sep 20

Train Review

The train from DC to NYC does indeed have power outlets, but no wi fi.  My associate Greg has a broadband wireless card (as do I, but not functioning (thanks Apple!)), which worked most of the way, except in the tunnels. The stations are a little dingy, but it is definitely much easier to board.  …

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Sep 13

Observations on Downton DC

There are 200 restaurants within a 2 block radius of my office, including two malaysian places and two “House of Kabobs”. Food in general is quite expensive, but there are several places where it’s fairly cheap, if you hunt around a bit. This is definitely a “Who do you know” kind of town.  Unfortunately most …

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Sep 13

Bullet Train to NYC

Given the time it takes to get to the airport, get through security and get the plane off the ground, I’m not sure that a 2 hour and 45 minute train ride is meaningfully shorter. Plus, it’s a big adventure, since I’ve never taken a non-commuting train ride before. I hope they have power outlets …

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Sep 11

Tax breaks for the rich

Should we support tax breaks for the rich, so they too can buy 2 or 3 boats, or pools w/waterfalls?

Sep 06

Carnival & More

Kevin Rutherford talks about Smiley Faces, Magnets and Pubs in the latest Carnival of the Agilists.  How does this relate to Agile Development?  Read the Carnival and find out! Oh, and a heartfelt Happy Birthday to my wife, Christy.   She rarely reads this blog, but if she should happen to stop by – I …

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Sep 05

Agile Development and Enterprise Architecture

Well-written and well-thought-out article on how to find common ground between EA and Agile. One of the recommendations is to have an architect on every project team (or one for every few projects) to help ensure that the project, done in an agile way, is still in alignment with the enterprise architecture. This can be …

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Sep 04

Random Sightings

Today on the train ride in, I noticed an attractive woman, fairly tall, who looked suspiciously like Megan McArdle.   She got off at the Foggy Bottom station, which happens to be one of the closer stations to the offices of The Atlantic.

Sep 04

1 hour, 50 minutes

That was my commute in this morning, door to door.  Wow.   That’s going to take some getting used to.   The traffic wasn’t bad, but the transitions add up. And it’s going to cost me about $17/day for commuting cost, vs  $6/day in Atlanta. The good news – I have various ideas on how to shave …

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Sep 04

random snippets

Other than some shared names, The Bourne Identity – the book – is virtually nothing like The Bourne Identity – the movie. Pouncey Tract and Short Pump are both quite whimsical street names The increase in gas mileage from using Super Premium essentially pays for the extra cost of the gas. If gas prices go …

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