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  • Blog Post: The app that would get me to buy an iPhone...

    I’m afraid to go look in the App Store, because it might be a real iPhone app and I might be kicked out of the ninja camp for talking like a pirate all the time. Doh! Although, it probably wouldn’t be too hard to write one for Windows Mobile. I’ll add it to the long, long list of code that I’ll write...
  • Blog Post: This explains so many things... Scott Adams explains compensation modeling?

    This metaphor can probably be extended to ‘splain corporate and governmental policies of all kinds! Of course, it would actually be worse (at least for me) if compensation was tied to the performance of friends and family. Heh! For the record, I used to work there... and I still ain’t laffing.
  • Blog Post: In other words, if I get promoted that means what...?

    The way I read these alleged research results, a lottery is just as effective at picking people for promotions as what we’ve been doing for years? But is there a better way of choosing individuals for promotion? It turns out that there is, say Pluchino and co. Their model shows that two other strategies...
  • Blog Post: If you need me, I’ll be in teh garage...

    Tim and I don’t see eye2eye on some things, but quite often he nails the the whole “married geek” thing. It’ll definitely be funny to watch Tim’s comix grow and change when they have kids. A lot like my own father enjoys watching the slow-motion train wreck of my life. Heh.   You don’t even have...
  • Blog Post: If you finish reading the entire article...

    If you actually manage to read all the way through the entire article (the first time): The Benefits of Distraction and Overstimulation -- New York Magazine My hypothesis is that: You need more caffeine in your diet. You need a [new] job. A life. All of the above. I *think* I got to page 3 before another...
  • Blog Post: Yeah, I know I said I’d never run for office again...

    But then I went and put my name in the hat once more... because it’s for a good cause! No, it’s not April Fool’s. That’s tomorrow. Personally, I’d like to thank L.D. Kirshenbaum (the author of the article below) for giving us a fair shake. I’m sure that there were some embarrassing quotes among all the...
  • Blog Post: Nulls are always a problem.

    Anybody who’s ever jousted with nullable database columns will find this humorous: The Vermillion Screen of Death (Raw Materials Comic Strip) Well, I did anyway.
  • Blog Post: I need a new dart board. Would the MOF circle work?

    I’m spending some time this weekend dusting off skills that I haven’t used for a while. After staring @ this MOF circle for waaay too long, I suddenly got the urge to jump on the bike, ride home and play darts with the kids. Heh. I’m sure you’ll see the connection. Although a MOF dartboard might not...
  • Blog Post: I think I’ve read that one. By Haldeman, right?

    Would somebody please turn on the Large Hadron Collider so we can just end the debate? One way or another? Srsly? It might solve some other problems, too. *snicker* In short, a new paper says that the reports of the probable demise of black holes created by the LHC are greatly exaggerated (off by a half...
  • Blog Post: We are sooo doomed as a species.

    I bump into people now and then, even up here in the near orbit of Redmond, who either don’t have an email address or don’t check it regularly. Being a hyper-connected person (my man-portable gadgets radiate enough EM to keep me warm in the winter), these people always remind me that I don’t live on...
  • Blog Post: Voice Command: FORMAT C: [ENTER]

    Well, that’s how the joke used to go about Vista voice command... Apparently somebody thought it would be fun to actually implement something similar in their mobile o/s. On purpose or not. Heh. The bug can hardly be called a security problem, given it requires access to the handset, but the fact that...
  • Blog Post: Voting in R’lyeh?

    I’m pretty sure that Lovecraft would know how to interpret these “mysterious massive waves”, especially since the last time that New England (home to Arkham and other scary places in ‘20s pulp fiction) saw this kind of big wave was in the ‘20s... Our pal H.P. would tell us that Cthulhu woke up long enough...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Reedz on Xbox Live

    It’s always interesting to see how other people see themselves. Or want to be seen. Maybe it’s the latent social scientist training from decades gone by in graduate school. Who knows? Giving them no specific directions besides “make an avatar for yourself”, I turned the family loose on the Xbox Live...
  • Blog Post: Mail Goggles? Really? Is it April Fools’ again already?

    It’s funny enough that it pretty much speaks for itself… "It will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email," Perlow wrote. "And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right...
  • Blog Post: Searching for Mexican Food... on CodePlex?

    Tagging is all fun and games until somebody gets hurt, right? Actually, like so-called Google-bombing, it can be pretty funny. Have you ever been guilty of surfing while hungry? It appears that somebody was pretty hungry while they were wandering around CodePlex looking for something. No idea what. But...
  • Blog Post: It's hard to tell.

    Are we supposed to take them seriously? "There's a limited supply of hadrons in the universe. Do we just want to go around destroying them? What if we run out? What if the hadrons can feel pain? Will we look back at this hundreds of years from now and regret it? Kinda like we do with the killing...
  • Blog Post: Nearly 7 billion witnesses, and nobody saw nuthin'...

    Wow. We all need to look UP once in a while, people. "Anyone who went outside that night and looked towards the constellation of Puppis would have seen it," Saxton says. The Exploding Star That Everyone Missed (SPACE.com) Maybe everybody saw a new shiny thing and chalked it up to another visiting...
  • Blog Post: Another example of life imitating video games... at the zoo?

    You know, this might be funnier if my youngest son (who's 8) wasn't currently playing Madagascar like a hyperactive, caffeine-addicted monkey. (He has autism, so the similarity between his hyperactivity and caffeine addiction is entirely superficial. He doesn't need the caffeine boost to swing from the...
  • Blog Post: Gender neutral code? Srsly?

    Admittedly being from Mars, my reaction to the this little piece is predictable... I won't bore you with my witty repartee (yes, that's a redundant phrase) involving Emma, my code and a kitchen. (Yes, I'm pretty much overdue for sensitivity training, and when my wife reads this, I'll be back in the doghouse...
  • Blog Post: Can your IT guy do this? Can you?

    Ah, this brings back memories. The 30 skills every IT person should have (infoworld.com) It's probably funnier to me since over the course of history, I've been: The nerd guy The pizza guy The delivery guy The police guy The computer guy The network guy The security guy The consulting guy And the list...
  • Blog Post: Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler...

    Being the sweet, considerate guy that he is, Steve Jones sent me an email to remind me of a couple of important things last Friday when he found out that my office was being moved into the basement (of Building 35). Not necessarily in order of importance, those were: Always know where your red stapler...
  • Blog Post: Got milk? How many gallons will it take?

    It's almost like something you'd read about in The Onion: Mahoney says no charges have been filed but both lanes of traffic remain closed while authorities remove the cookies.   14 tons of spilled Oreo cookies snarl Ill. traffic (breitbart.com) In the immortal words of Weird Al, "My pancreas...
  • Blog Post: A day in the life...

    In another demonstration of the fact that I don't live on the same planet as most people, my first reaction to this was, "Doesn't everybody do this all the time?" The Lighter Side - Life is like an analogy (SQLServerCentral.com) We're currently going through this for our trip to Orlando for...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News! AdventureWorks abandoned for Katmai in favor of Northwind, pubs and...

    In a striking change of direction, I'm happy to announce that AdventureWorks is being deprecated and abandoned for SQL Server 2008 samples in favor of long-time favorite databases of simple-minded data modelers: Northwind and pubs. Also, I can gleefully announce, in the spirit of oversimplification,...
  • Blog Post: The synchronicity is frightening...

    The synchronicity is frightening, especially considering that I just made time last night to finish all 45 achievements in Mass Effect for another 1,000 points... It almost like Randall's always there: just watching me. <insert_scary_ghost_noise /> Randall routinely channels my life @ xkcd.com...
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