The Lanham Factor
The (ir)rational thoughts of a (not-so)mad man

January 2007 Entries

Kobayashi Maru - WinForms Style

So I'm doing some independent consulting that turns into contract development. I have a day job but I figure heck, it's a small WinForms application. It is, basically, a Wizard-style UI. The "main" form is the biggest challenge. It must display HTML with MathML and allow the user to draw on it (straight, rectangle, etc.). Being the diligent software developer I am, I hired a great team and set about, first, to address the high risk items. Mind you that in retrospect the highest risk item seems obvious. ......

But this *is* Darth Vader...

My kids are TOTALLY getting into Star Wars. I was not surprised, though, that they were a little confused about Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader. What does surprise me is the number of adults who do not realize that Darth Vader did not always wear a mask. To help clarify, I am including some images of Darth Vader before needing a breathing apparatus. To be completely clear: Each image below depicts Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith. Darth Vader - Not to be Trifled With... This image shows the recently ......

Michael Hogan Deserves an Emmy...

Michael Hogan's performances as Colonel Saul Tigh in Battlestar Galactica have been even more phenomenal than in earlier seasons. When is he going to be properly recognized for his unbelievably painful, emotional, stern performances in murdering his own wife? I realize that it's difficult to single-out one actor in a cast of best-in-class performers like those on BSG. However, Hogan has brought a depth to the Tigh character that is unequaled in most performances in general, and even other performances ......

Additional Battlestar Galactica Theories - Season 3

I speculate the following based on this article in the Chicago Tribune (enumerated for easy reference): Something happens to Thrace (Starbuck). She is on the verge of death. While on trial for war crimes, Baltar convinces Lee Adama (Apollo) that he can save Kara with his technology. Therefore, although she is not currently a Cylon, Thrace will become a Cylon. Lee will defend Baltar in an effort to save Thrace, whom he loves (which baffles me cause there is virtually nothing lovable about Thrace). ......

My Battlestar Galactica Theory

I've been holding on to this way too long and I suppose I should share it. I think it's especially appropriate to share it now since, apparently (according to the spoilers), this theory is NOT how the show will evolve. As such, this is less of a theory and more of a "how it could have been". Note: There are NO spoilers in this entry. Gaius Baltar & The Everlasting Project Baltar is, first and foremost, a self-preserving egomaniac and secondly a genius. As such, he is afraid of both death of body ......

Leave Inheritance for Your Kids

This is the kind of inheritance I want to leave for my kids.  (and how do they get that number?  "Well...let's see...how much does it cost to have the body removed...?)