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Foo Camp: Alpha-Geeks Gone Wild | BoomTown | Kara Swisher | AllThingsD
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:21 pm EDT, Jun 25, 2007

The conference is almost entirely user-generated, as people sign up to lead sessions on a variety of sometimes esoteric topics in rooms scattered all through the facility.
While most conferences look at the here and now, Foo Camp is aggressive in its quest to get people to think outside the box.
In fact, if there were a box, the brainy denizens of Foo Camp would probably turn it into a time machine/beer dispenser/robot ninja warrior.

I was lucky enough to be invited back to foo camp (after missing one year) this year, and it was more fun than ever. I kind of like the fact that I'm not garanteed to be reinvited any given year, it sort of validates the whole thing for me. Sort of like the "i refuse to be a part of any organization that will have me" thing.

The link here has a video made by one of the ppl that run the all things D conference showing some of foo camp, if you look carefully you can see in in the opening cerimonies in my white t-shirt, also you can see my tent readily (its the ancient relic that was used for the first time in like 14 years), its the only one that looks like a tent should.


Foo Camp: Alpha-Geeks Gone Wild | BoomTown | Kara Swisher | AllThingsD

I'm engaged
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:10 pm EDT, Jun 19, 2007

so yesterday I asked Vanessa to marry me and she said yes! I'm so happy and excited, so spread the word...the wedding will probably be sometime in fall of 2008, other than that I don't really have any details yet...


The Electromagnetic Spectrum, as seen by Randall Munroe
Topic: Physics 10:39 pm EDT, Jun  6, 2007

xkcd is awesome.

The Electromagnetic Spectrum, as seen by Randall Munroe

Acidus and The Absurdity of Cookie Storage
Topic: Society 10:37 pm EDT, Jun  6, 2007

This is brilliant. Read on:

The follow is an excerpt from the upcoming Ajax Security book. It discusses a downside of using HTTP cookies as a persistent client-side storage system: they get appended to every appropriate HTTP request.

To illustrate this more clearly, think of cookie storage like having to remember an errand to do after work by shouting it at the end of every sentence you say. It would sound something like this:

Bryan: Hello Billy, what’s Shaking?

Billy: Hey Bryan. Just finishing this chapter on offline Ajax. Pick up Red Bull On the Way Home!

Bryan: ... ... Uhhhhh, Ok. Why are you shouting that at me instead of writing it down?

Billy: Because I choose a poor client-side storage methodology. Pick up Red Bull On The Way Home!

Bryan: ... ... Ok, this is just weird. I’m leaving.

Billy: You should be glad I can only store 4K of data this way. Pick Up Red Bull On The Way Home!

Thats right, No silly appendices full of ASCII tables and RFCs. We replaced that crap with comedy. Extremely poor comedy :-)

All writing and no play makes billy a dulllllllllllllllllllll boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. [sleeps]

I would be shouting something about cigarettes or coffee probably.

Acidus and The Absurdity of Cookie Storage

iTunes U: We live in the future!
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:31 pm EDT, May 30, 2007

so I'm sick today (nothing to bad but enough to make me worthless at work), so I was at home wishing I had something on the TV that would teach me something, when iTunes updates and what do I find, iTunes U, a collection of classes for free from universities like MIT and Stanford...combined with my apple TV and its totally something out of a sci-fi novel...


I love my Apple TV
Topic: Technology 11:09 pm EDT, May 29, 2007

I didn't think I would like this as much as I do, but man do I love it, I was going to wait until they came out with a 1080p one, but the guys at the apple store convinced me it wasnt that big a deal (and it turns out they were right), some older displays might have a slight problem with the down convert but my TV was fine, and almost none of the content I have to display is greater than 1280x720 anyways (dvds aren't, neither is anything you get off of itunes), so it works just great...

I highly recommend this product, its taking us one step closer to the future that those old quest commercials promised me...


Real Estate Roller Coaster
Topic: Business 3:34 pm EDT, Apr  4, 2007

House prices in the U.S. from 1890 until 2005, plotted as a roller coaster that you ride from a first person perspective. Here is the data source. Hold on to your hats.

Real Estate Roller Coaster

YouTube - Don't Copy That Floppy (HIGH QUALITY version!)
Topic: Computers 4:18 pm EDT, Apr  3, 2007

Its ashame piracy ended the Gaming Industry in the 80's. It makes me wonder what could have been.
PS. I think public service style rap might be the worst music ever made.

[ Stunning. I never saw the whole thing before. Sooo bad.

By the way, did you hear the guy say it could take AS MANY AS 20 or 30 people to make a game! 20 or 30! What is it these days, 20 times that? I love old tech references. -k]

that was great, you catch the never winter nights guys?

also that sounded a bit like the amen break there for a bit, anyone wanna bet they didnt pay royalties to The Winstons for that one?

YouTube - Don't Copy That Floppy (HIGH QUALITY version!)

My programming rules 2.2
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:17 pm EDT, Apr  2, 2007

I'm bored today so I decided to update my programming rules, make a 2.2 if you will, I know the smart ones out there never trust a 1.0 anyways...

My Rules (2.2):
1. Kludges that we'll fix in the next release never get fixed in the next release...

2. If you don’t do it right now, you (or some poor bastard that replaces you) will have to do it right later...

3. It always costs more to do it later...

4. You're not going to have more funding for the next release. (thanks Decius)

5. Beware of anyone in a suit...

6. The man in charge usually didn't get there by being better than everyone else; keep that in mind.

7. If you don't talk to your customers to see what will make them happy, then sooner or later someone else will...

8. Sales guys can be powerful allies for interoffice BS, but if you make yourself too available they will never leave you alone...

9. Management has no idea what the customer wants...

10. Engineering has even less idea what the customer wants...

11. Assume every engineer you work with is an idiot, try not to let on that you know...if you find engineers that are obviously not idiots, find a way to keep them...

12. Never outsource your core competency...

13. Laziness and incompetence are contagious...

14. No-one cares if you read Wikipedia all day every day if you get your work done on time...

15. If they do care, find another place to work...

16. Your code is not finished until you've tested it...

17. Never assume they have tested their code...

18. Simple regression testing is best done when it’s automated; it’s less error prone too.

19. Engineers that think lack of documentation is job security should be fired sooner rather than later (otherwise you'll make them right)...

20. Contrary to popular belief, third party libraries reduce portability of your code...

21. "Cool" is not a business case...

22. Engineering’s job is to say yes, no matter how stupid management's requests are...good engineers find ways to say yes that spotlight their intelligence and managements stupidity...(e.g. if they ask you to turn lead into gold, tell them you will if they allocate a few trillion dollars and a fusion reactor)...

23. The night before its due is probably not the best time to start integrating your code in a large project...

24. You can be really good at your job, and a dick, or you can be so so at your job and a really nice cannot be a dick and bad at your job...

25. Time estimation is really will take longer than you think it will...

26. Demonstrating that your competitors suck isn't enough to get anyone to buy your product...

27. Don't ship anything you're not proud of...

28. Your code will be used in ways you never thought of...plan accordingly...

29. If you can't settle on one way of doing something, do it both ways and make it a co... [ Read More (0.7k in body) ]

California finally fixing voting machines (maybe)
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:31 pm EDT, Mar 29, 2007

E-voting demise could be near
By Ian Hoffman

California's elections chief is proposing the toughest standards for voting systems in the country, so tough that they could banish ATM-like touch-screen voting machines from the state.

For the first time, California is demanding the right to try hacking every voting machine with "red teams" of computer experts and to study the software inside the machines, line-by-line, for security holes.

its about time...

California finally fixing voting machines (maybe)

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