“The strongbox was Lori’s. For years, she kept it tucked in a bedroom closet, among a long list of items her husband, Blake Ruff, knew he was never to touch. Blake being Blake, he obeyed.
Lori died in 2010. That’s when Blake’s relatives found the box. Its contents told an astonishing story: The woman they knew as Lori was someone else entirely. She had created a new identity two decades earlier.”
Five years, building a culture, and handing it off. – Laughing Meme I/we need to consider this with our team and education more broadly. “Theory 1: Nothing we “know” about software development should be assumed to be true. Most of our tools, our mental models, and our practices are remnants of an era (possibly fictional) where software was written by solo practitioners, but modern software is a team sport. Theory 2: Technology is the product of the culture that builds it. Great technology is the product of a great culture. Culture gives us the ability to act in a loosely coupled way; it allows us to pursue a diversity of tactics. Uncertainty is the mind-killer and culture creates certainty in the face of the yawning shapeless void of possible solutions that is software engineering. Culture is what you do, not what you say. It starts at the top. It affects everything. You have a choice about the culture you promote, not about the culture you have. Theory 3: Software development should be thought of as a cycle of continual learning and improvement rather a progression from start to finish, or a search for correctness. If you aren’t shipping, you aren’t learning. If it slows down shipping, it probably isn’t worth it. Maturity is knowing when to make the trade off […]
nonprogramistan Originally uploaded by bionicteaching Thought some of you might get a kick out of this graphic that’ll be part of a presentation Jim Groom and I are working on. The premise is that a variety of recent technologies allow the creation of mashups and other interesting web based options without the need for programming skills. Andy Warhol is the patron saint of the mashup so he adorns our poster. Original photos here.
Congressman Mark Takano grades politician tags: congress english annotate politics persuasion weekly Superheroes: Why does Superman wear red underwear over his costume? – Quora “Keeping your colors simple was the best way to do this but it restricted character design and forced them to create an inventive way to make the character stand out. Esthetics and the superhero persona. Working within the limitations I described above, comic book artists took great strides to make powerful and lasting impressions. Right or wrong and consciously or not, this led to emphasizing hyper masculine or hyper feminine character traits to make the characters seem larger than life on such a simple format. We often see color changes or divisions at the waist, groin, feet, hands and chest. This allows the characters to have certain “attributes” stand out.” tags: superheroes superman underwear quora weekly Thomson Reuters Halts Early Peeks – WSJ.com Information = Money = Information = Power = Money “In the case of the University of Michigan’s consumer-confidence survey, Thomson Reuters was scheduled in 2013 to pay $1.1 million to be the exclusive distributor of the closely watched report. According to the contract obtained by the Journal, Thomson Reuters is allowed to release the survey results to certain high-paying subscribers two seconds before it is made public. Marketing materials produced by Thomson Reuters […]