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Humor 12 May 2007 02:42 pm | Microsoft O-Fone Video (Joke)

The iPhone is toast before it has even arrived. Check this out => | Microsoft O-Fone Video

Humor 28 Apr 2007 01:19 pm

Self-reflective spam

I received a spam email today with the subject line:

Subject: But let us set aside the fact that you are unable to accept a single word I utter at face value.

I promptly marked it as junk, but the subject was brilliant nonetheless.

I now actually anticipate with glee the series of spam messages with better subjects:

Subject: You would be really interested if this weren’t spam

Subject: I can’t believe I am sending this garbage to you, but here goes

Subject: Barnum’s subject. If you are, please read.

And so forth. Any good meta spam subject lines that should cruise by a filter?

Humor &Politics 01 Apr 2007 09:04 am

Doonesbury – Think it Through

Doonesbury is brilliant today.

Humor &Science 02 Mar 2007 08:46 am


The problem with perspective is that it's bidirectional.

Humor &Math &Science 10 Feb 2007 12:45 pm

Classic XKCD strips

Some amusing comics from the XKCD strip, found at Classic XKCD strips. I particularly like the one above. And it is true, check at Google Calculator. But what does it mean?

This was originally found via a Silicon Valley Patterns mailing list post about a programming puzzle at: Facebook for their engineering candidates.

Humor 03 Feb 2007 08:35 pm

The Force Arrests Chewbacca


The force arrests Chewbacca.

There are no words I can add.

(Via LA Times.)

Humor &Programming Languages &Software 25 Jan 2007 12:26 pm

Floyd’s Turing Lecture on Paradigms in Software

So, I posted this on the blog as well, but I am not sure that everyone reads that one. So sorry for the repeat.

In light of the recent conversations about the adoption of developer testing on the junit list and Artima, this Turing Award lecture by Robert Floyd seems particularly appropriate. I thought others might enjoy it. There’s a particularly valuable quote where he is quoting Thomas Kuhn’s, “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.”

“Again from Kuhn:

“The older schools gradually disappear. In part their disappearance is
caused by their members’ conversion to the new paradigm. But there are
always some men who cling to one or another of the older views, and they
are simply read out of the profession, which thereafter ignores their work.”

In computing, there is no mechanism for reading such men out of the profession. I
suspect they mainly become managers of software development. ”

I suspect a large number of the adoption problems for developer testing are in organizations where the old boy at the helm is clinging to an outmoded paradigm of software development. Perhaps those guys would listen to Floyd — (Robert, not Pink.)

Humor 10 May 2006 11:42 am

Be Humble Oh Visionary One


While browsing the JavaOne social networking site for attendees, I noticed a beautiful juxtaposition between two entries. Attendee One’s (at top, whose name and company have been marked out to prevent defamation) description of himself, against Attendee Two’s username.

Humor 07 Feb 2005 07:15 pm

What to Say When You are Losing a Tech Argument

Pigdog Journal (Mr. Bad’s List) — Things to Say When You’re Losing a Technical Argument

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