What the Fuck?: Car Stuck Girls

Normally, I wouldn’t link to a (psuedo?) porn site, but CarStuckGirls.com is just too (do you need to be PC when describing fetishes?) weird. The write up from bOING bOING:

Apparently girls whose cars are stuck in mud is an emerging sexual fetish. For 50 Euro or so, you can own such erotic DVD masterpieces as “Michelle got stuck in snow and mud” and “Party-Stuck-Video 002.” (Carstuckgirls.com is seemingly safe for work, at least from what I saw.)

Links: Social Software, Innovation, Codin'

On Naming Computers, Chuck Hardin

Thanks to one of Sam’s recent entries, I found Chuck “We’ve upped our standards, now up yours!” Hardin’s website. It’s always a pleasure to find old friend’s websites, esp. when there’s interesting readin’ on them:

One company I worked at named their workstations after terms from the Hacker Jargon File and their servers after items from Neal Stephenson’s books (Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash, etc). This was intended to make an unambiguous statement to developers and admins who subscribed to the hacker culture: We have a clue; we too subscribe to the hacker culture. The consistency with which the scheme was applied also sent another message: We control our environment carefully and try to remain consistent with past decisions.

One sign that our new CTO was not attuned to this culture was his unilateral imposition of a new naming scheme which encoded each server’s location and function in a unique but unlovely string of letters and digits. Admins could not remember the new names; they resorted to using personal tables to translate the new names to the old. Also, the new scheme was not correctly or consistently applied in several cases. This sent a new message which was more appropriate to the company at that time: We aspire to become a soulless corporation with minimal technical clue. Many of the company’s most talented programmers left right around this time. The bad naming scheme did not cause this exodus, but it was, perhaps, a leading indicator of approaching doom.

See the rest of the discusion on naming schemes.

Re: "Requirements Required"

Chris Heller has an interesting point about requirements: the “fast, cheap, quick – pick two” method of requirements selection is used everyday in life for plenty of non-software oriented decisions.

(Why is it I can never spell “requirements”? I know commas go inside quotes, what The Great Serial Comma Debate is, how to use semicolons, hell, I even know all that there/their/they’re horse-crap…but I can’t spell for shit. The world would think I was a total dumb-fuck — which it to say, not an “80% dumb-fuck” as the world probably believes currently — if it weren’t for spellcheck.)