The Poop-Artist

Kim’s brother, sister-in-law, niece, Kim, and I were walking around the drag after breakfast this morning, and we wanted to use the restroom in Barnes and Noble. Any potty would do, but that one’s always nice.

We went up stairs, and found a sign that was a copy of a letter from the city that said, to summarize, “now that the cafe has only 19 seats, it doesn’t require a restroom. 20 seats are required.” So, they took away one seat so they could shut down the bathrooms. Bummer, eh?

So, Kim and I met Chris, Sammi, and Amber outside who were looking at one of the murals in the renaissance market. We told them about the closed restrooms and the sign, and one of the merchants overheard and said, “They’ve been having problems with a free-style ‘poop-artist.’ And they’re just tired of cleaning it up, so they shut it down.”

As you can guess, all of us said, “huh?”

“Yup. For the past two years some poop-artist has been going all up and down here messing up the bathrooms. The only one we can use is next door [Jamba Juice]. Those people are so nice. I’d hate to have to clean up after the poop-artist.”

So there you have it: the drag has a poop-artist.

My Dog Loves Cat Food

The criminal. Auggie “Fatty” Skotak-Coté, aka “Good Girl,” aka “Pretty Girl,” aka “Bad Girl,” aka “Lady”…but mostly, “Fatty”:

Auggie the Chain Breaker

The crime. One bent hook:

The Streached Hook

One undone door-chain:

The Door Chain

The result: Fatty gets into office and eats cat food.

We’re gonna need some steel hooks to keep Fatty out of the office, and the cat’s food..

He Who is Right Takes No Prisoners

I’m always curious to read/hear reasoned explanations of what I consider unreasonable thinking. Must be all that whacky philosophy I studied. Here’s one such line of thinking, for at least one such person:

“I realized the main thing that separated us evangelicals from them was that they believed in dialogue and compromise. And we believed in taking no prisoners. . . . Democracy can’t function in an environment where one party will not sit down and play by the rules.”

He uses a saying of the apostle Paul, beloved of evangelicals, to drive home the point: “Be all things to all people.” A missionary, he says, might interpret that to mean that it’s OK to swear on a visa application that she’s not a missionary: “Technically, it’s illegal and you’re lying. But if you honestly believe that you’re going to save somebody from eternal torture and damnation, and deliver them into a life of eternal bliss, then you’re going to do what you have to do.” So, he thinks, might people who claim to be “registering” voters?for such means-justifies-the-ends thinking now also marks evangelicals’ political attitudes.

“Whenever you think that there are eternal, apocalyptic stakes, and that you can make a difference, you can rationalize a whole lot of stuff to yourself,” he says. “I think evangelicals really don’t like democracy much at all, especially when it’s not going their way.”

On the flip side, we got that peanut farmer who won some kind of award and is famous for something in the 70’s:

I don’t think it’s ever been proven to be accurate as a premise that you can go into an alien society, win with force of arms, destroying a major portion of that country and killing their people to make them adopt a new form of government and to accept new rulers.

I’m sure one of you sharp knives out there can bust out with some Ancient Roman, Greek, Chinese, Mongolian, Power-of-Old shit to spread all over that assertion if you were feeling feisty. You know the Guals, Persians, and all those other kooky-old worlders loved it when the
short-sword
wielding red dudes, or the eye-pluckers, came running through their lands.

“Yay, the Legions! Get the flower pedals ready! Hail Caesar!”

(On the other hand, some hold that blowing up a country real good is a fine start.)

eWeek on SOA

If you follow my books marks (and who doesn’t?!), you know I’ve been interested in SOAs recently. eWeek has an interesting, lengthy article on SOAs that isn’t the usual short, hype-stuff. It’s more along the lines of a good Baseline or CIO article (which are rare themselves). Anyhow, here’s some bullets:

  • SOA isn’t 1-1 with SOAP:

    The SOA approach does not combine the code that’s used for communication among processes with the code that performs the processes themselves. If a new communication protocol enters the picture, only the communication fabric requires alteration.

    When there isn’t a clear distinction between the business process function and the interprocess communication plumbing, changes to either one become more difficult and the system is less likely to evolve.

  • “At the same time that a team builds SOA components, it must also equip itself with the tools to test and coordinate those components.”
  • Just ’cause it’s “standard,” doesn’t mean vendors will implement that standard correctly. And, your needs are probably non-standard: “Would-be SOA architects need to drill below a vendor’s generic claim of support for a services standard and find out just how much work it will take to use that standard in real applications that meet enterprise standards of reliability.”
  • “I ask people, What do you want to accomplish businesswise?” said IBM Emerging Technologies Vice President Rod Smith in a conversation with eWEEK Labs this summer. “They tell me, ‘I’ve got a supply chain; I’ve got business partners ?I want them to have access to my billing and other systems, and I want it to happen in 30 days.’ People talk about business performance before they talk about application performance, so I’ve laid down a challenge to our folks to reduce the integration time down to a matter of hours.”

As I was telling someone today, I’m a hype-jaundiced coder, so I still look on all this with a skeptical eye turned yellow by CORBA, J2EE, CASE, UML, OO, and every other technology that was going to save the programming world. One thing I like about SOA over those is the emphasis on non-technical things (though, J2EE had all it’s “roles”). But, there’s still not enough that I’ve encountered yet.

I’m a big believe that software development — once you/the team reach a certain skill level — is really about everything but coding (unless you’re a team of one, in which case you can stay pure). We’ll see how the people-part of SOA pans out.