Friday, May 27, 2005

Magnetic yellow ribbon update

Sunday, May 22, 2005

I get a Tip o' the Pin!

Make sure to check out the "Zippy the Pinhead" comic strip next Sunday, May 29th. My photographs of a giant Canadian roadside Coke and hotdog vendor are featured, along with someone else's photo of a pensive Einstein who looks like he is reclining poolside. In color, and Bill Griffith even spelled my name right, ferchrissake! As you would expect, the hotdog man is actually channeling Kierkegaard.

Note the tiny writing along the right edge of the second panel. I never realized my 15 minutes of fame were going to come in 2-second intervals.

P.S. If anyone wants to buy me the $155 hand-colored signed print of this strip, just click on the strip above. I won't stand in your way!

Friday, May 20, 2005

Buy your gas at Citgo

Looking for an easy way to protest Bush foreign policy week after week? And an easy way to help alleviate global poverty? Buy your gasoline at Citgo stations.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Do Agile Methods Marginalize Problem Solvers?

I've always felt uncomfortable with agile programming. I've often felt guilty about that. Is it because I'm too lazy or that agile programming pushes me out of my comfort zone?

This article articulates some of the things that I've felt about agile programming. Little did I know I had so much in common with Isaac Newton :-)

This passage in particular rings true to me:

Problem solvers tend to be concerned with things, how they work, why they don’t work, and how they can work better. Since software engineers must solve problems that are more concerned with things than people, generally a concern for things is an advantage. Even when the problems appear to be more about people, such as a graphical user interface design, the software engineers can best analyze and solve them if they think of these problems as involving things—cognitive psychology, for example—rather than people.