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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...


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...


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)

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:03 pm EST, Feb 21, 2007

I really love xkcd...

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

What's Special About This Number?
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:27 pm EST, Feb 21, 2007

What's Special About This Number?
0 is the additive identity.
1 is the multiplicative identity.
2 is the only even prime.
3 is the number of spatial dimensions we live in.
4 is the smallest number of colors sufficient to color all planar maps.
5 is the number of Platonic solids.
6 is the smallest perfect number.
7 is the smallest number of faces of a regular polygon that is not constructible by straightedge and compass.
8 is the largest cube in the Fibonacci sequence.
9 is the maximum number of cubes that are needed to sum to any positive integer.
10 is the base of our number system.

a math prof made this cool site talking about special quality about thousands of numbers...good mental masterbation for all the number theory junkies out there (you know who you are)...

What's Special About This Number?

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:03 pm EST, Feb 16, 2007

I love these guys...

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

UPDATE - A detour into the strange world of quantum computing
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:47 pm EST, Feb 12, 2007

A detour into the strange world of quantum computing
2/12/2007 12:16:26 PM, by John Timmer
On Tuesday, a startup company called D-Wave is going to publicly demonstrate a quantum computing system that they call Orion. Is this the dawn of a new era of computing or simply an exercise in hype? It's hard to say prior to the announcement, but my guess is a little of both. To fully appreciate why, we'll have to take a detour into the strange world of quantum computing.

they claim to have a working 16 bit quantum computer...even if its extremely limited in its applications I'm very excited to see this technology moving forward so quickly...

so I just heard from someone that was at the demo, it apears to have worked as advertised...pretty amazing...

UPDATE - A detour into the strange world of quantum computing

Negative Feedback with op amps is cool
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:41 pm EST, Jan 29, 2007

and thats all i have to say...about that...

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