The Fast Company weblog has an interesting meta-post (a post with links to other posts) about going to lunch with coworkers:
- What happens at lunch has always been an index into the health of a team, and its relation to the rest of the business.
- Discussion over lunch can become an informal peer review, not necessarily just by the other people in a single product area.
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.)
Chip added an ATOM feed to one of his blog, full of quick movie reviews: “The Butterfly Effect (2004, who gives a shit, 50 [out of 373])”
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.
Mason added syndication to his site, so’s now I can read it with all my other RSS/ATOM feeds. I saw Superfan #99 playing with it today, but it didn’t seem to work out. Anyhow, thanks to them folks: I sure do like reading everything (or, at least being notified of new posts) in my aggregator instead of click-ity-clicking around a bunch of web pages.
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.)
“My favorite part of the article is when the guy gives his wife the book as a wedding present and writes ‘I am one cheese which won’t move’.
When I get married I’m giving my wife a copy of Code Complete and writting: ‘I am one pointer who will never dangle’.”
Who Moved My Cheese?. Also, the article the thread refers too is quite good.
Mason’s page has moved to MasonCarroll.com. That’s certainlly an easy name to remember.
Also, to all you blogspot/blogger people out there (Zane, Mason, Arley, and Carl), you should all enable the ATOM syndication now available to you. This way, I (and others) can read your blogs in news aggregators (like bloglines.com). Apologies if you’ve already done it.