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Looking for Reviewers for Debugging Book
Last post in the queue for now... John Robbins over at Wintellect is looking for developers and managers of various skill levels to review his forthcoming debugging book. If you're interested and want to review a debugging book, check out John's post and drop him a line. Also, John's looking for a little Scoble juice on this one ......

Posted On Friday, May 27, 2005 2:43 PM

Cool Video of 747 Landing

Courtesy of Jeff at Wintellect here is an awesome video of a Korean Airlines 747 landing the hard way. I don't imagine that this is a standard approach, it must have taken quite a bit of skill and luck to get that plane down without incident. Awesome.

Posted On Friday, May 27, 2005 2:34 PM

You Haven't Seen Movie X?
Speaking of Star Wars I just had the biggest You haven't seen Movie X moment. EVER. First, a little history. Maestro, a little back in time music please.... You haven't seen movie X was a term my gang (of science geeks (you got a problem with that?)) coined back in high school. It was a frequently used phrase whenever someone (Mark!) would mention that he never saw a particular movie we were speaking about ex: "You never saw The Godfather?". After a while this phrase was abstracted to "You never ......

Posted On Friday, May 27, 2005 2:33 PM

The End of Star Wars and Star Trek
So much has been written over the past few weeks about the end of Star Wars and Star Trek, so I'll make this brief. Spoilers Below (Just in case you haven't seen these yet).... ......... Star Trek Enterprise: The series started off strong and then got involved in this whole time travel save the earth from imminent attack etc. and the show went downhill. It wasn't horrible but some episodes really dragged on. The series finale was especially bad. The crew was dragged in to a mission for no apparent ......

Posted On Friday, May 27, 2005 2:31 PM

One Year Anniversary
Yesterday was the one year anniversary of Erika's and my wedding. We spent the day just being together. We went for a nice drive and in the evening I made a dinner based on a few of Erika's favourite dishes. After dessert, which was the top section of of well preserved wedding (frozen) wedding cake, we exchanged presents. Books of course, since the first anniversary is paper and we both love books. It was a very nice day. To my lovely wife, thank you for an excellent first year and many many more ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 24, 2005 5:32 PM

Lost Your Bike AND Your Notebook? Blame Kryptonite and Kensington.
Update: I forgot to mention Darren's post as well. Journalism 101, always cite your sources. Sorry about that Darren. So first we had the Kryptonite problem where the locks were shown to vulnerable using nothing more than a Bic pen. Now, courtesy of Steve Rubel and Robert Scoble comes another video which demonstrates an issue with the Kensington locks which are used to secure laptops. You can open them using a piece of a toilet paper roll and a little duct tape. In under two minutes. Scoble says ......

Posted On Friday, May 20, 2005 4:45 PM

Store Wars

I got this from a co-worker. Very well done. I imagine quite a few kids are going to be asking their parents if their food is organic next time they're at the supermarket...

Store Wars

Enjoy.

Posted On Friday, May 20, 2005 2:29 PM

Light Technical Reading
Here in Vancouver I'm working right downtown just a few blocks from the Skytrain station and like most financially dependent people it doesn't make sense to drive to work every day. Note: I say financially dependent because that's the opposite of what the investment companies always promise us. The holy land, the Shangri-la named "Financial Independence" that you can have when you're 55, but only if you call them now! Now!End of bitter, non-lottery winning, gotta work hard to put food on my family ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 18, 2005 4:24 PM

Red Bull to Run With Star Wars Advertising
Mark, this one's for you: According to ITV-F1 Red Bull Racing will be branded with Star Wars Episode III advertising this weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix. A little over the top? Maybe. I'd like to see the pit crew decked out as clone troopers and David Coulthard with a Darth Vader inspired helmet. That would be cool advertising. McLaren's pit crew helmets already look a little Vaderish in my opinion. ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 17, 2005 1:47 PM

The Software That Affects the World
By way of Jeff Sandquist comes this post from Jeff's boss (I think so, please correct me if I'm wrong) Vic Gundotra about working at Microsoft. I thought about this. I'm working on software that is going to touch virtually everything I can see out the window of this plane. Almost every home, police station, hospital, store, school and church is running our software today - and Longhorn is going to make things a lot better in a lots of ways. .... Are you doing work that touches so many people? I am. ......

Posted On Friday, May 13, 2005 4:25 PM

Vancouver Get Togethers
Update: Crappy fake XML fixed. Thanks domus. Anyone in the Vancouver area up for breakfast some weekend? Matt over at Onomatopeia is trying to organize a Vancouver Breakfast meetup thing. In a similar vein, is anyone up for seeing Star Wars? What's the best theater in Vancouver to see it in? We've gone to the Silvercity Metropolis a few times and I guess it's ok. Parking is free and plentiful, big screens, stadium seating and all that. NoteI have a bad feeling (no Star Wars reference intended) that ......

Posted On Thursday, May 12, 2005 4:21 PM

The New Guy

So, I'm the new guy at the new job and sometimes this is me....

Posted On Thursday, May 12, 2005 1:14 PM

The Man Who Invented the Mall
Just doing a brain dump/quick review here. I wanted to remember this article about Victor Gruen (wikipedia entry for Victor Gruen), the man who created the concept of the modern shopping mall. The author of the article is Malcom Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point (which I have yet to purchase or read). I know Rory isn't a big fan of Blink but I liked the book. I found that the disparate topics were interesting on their own but were not brought together under the main idea of the book ......

Posted On Thursday, May 5, 2005 5:47 PM

The Time Traveler Convention
Note to my future self: Don't forget to attend the Time Traveler Convention. The Time Traveler Convention May 7, 2005, 10:00pm EDT (08 May 2005 02:00:00 UTC) (event starts at 8:00pm) East Campus Courtyard, MIT 42:21:36.025°N, 71:05:16.332°W (42.360007,-071.087870 in decimal degrees) Thanks to Chris Sells for the future reminder ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 3, 2005 4:36 PM

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