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November, 2007

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    AYE? Aye!

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    I spent the previous two weeks in sunny Arizona. Last week I hiked around Sedona. The week before that I was in Phoenix attending the Amplify Your Effectiveness (AYE) conference. AYE is not your typical sit-in-dark-hotel-rooms-listening-to-droning-speakers...
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    I Don't Think That's Exactly What They Meant, Exactly

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    A hotel I was in recently had a toilet: I found that sign over the toilet rather interesting: Um, I can think of at least two other things which are going into their septic system!
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    Call Stack

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    AYE - Wednesday

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    Wednesday morning I took part in a writing workshop by Johanna Rothman and Naomi Karten , each authors of multiple books and copious articles. I picked up numerous tips, such as to ask reviewers for specific types of feedback rather than simply requested...
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    AYE - Amenities

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    The conference hotel was one of those every-room-is-a-suite places. I found having an extra room helpful even though I wasn't in my room much. The hotel food was standard hotel food which I didn't bother eating. (A healthier menu with organic ingredients...
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    A Developer's Demands

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    [To the tune of Wang Chung's Let's Go] This is my application It is perfect in every way All that is left is for you to sign off So I'll leave you to your work And I'll go home to sleep It won't take you long, my code is so boff I wish you’d...
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    The Test Laboratory

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    [To the tune of Barry Manilow's "Copacabana"] His name is Bobby, he is a tester He finds bugs that crash his app and interrupt his devs' naps He knocks on their doors, and they see his grin They ask him what he found and into their office...
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    A Tester's Rejoinder

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    [To the tune of Van Halen's Finish What Ya Started] Come on Barry finish what ya started Into your office all these bugs I've carted Now fire up your IDE There's quite a lot I agree You wanted bugs, now you've got them Now fire up your big brain stem...
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    AYE - Sunday

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    Sunday was a warm-up tutorial by Don Gray and Steve Smith . This was an all-day session meant to introduce newbies like me (and returnees looking for a refresher) to the lingo, vocabulary, and concepts used at the conference. First up was the Myers...
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    AYE - Tuesday

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    Tuesday morning I took Naomi Karten 's Building Connections That Amplify Your Effectiveness. I thought it would be about networking. Nope. (I don't know why I thought that since the class description didn't mention that topic.) It turned out to be informative...
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    AYE - Thursday

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    Thursday was SHAPE Day, a gathering of those conference attendees who are also members of Jerry Weinberg's SHAPE Forum . We started out about twenty, which number dwindled throughout the day as people left for the airport. This was effectively a live...
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    AYE - Friday

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    Friday I recuperated from the week of brain stuffing, intellectual and emotional stimulation, and long days by motoring up to Sedona, where I processed my week (and wrote this) with the assistance of an energy vortex or four.
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    AYE - Monday

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    Monday morning I attended Steve Smith 's workshop on Virgina Satir's Change Model. The short form of this model (see his popular article for the full skinny) is: Status Quo. Everything is stable and going well. A Foreign Element pops up. The...
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