Jim's Blog Ramblings about novels, comics, programming, and other geek topics

11Sep/090

Star Wars: A Different Point of View

Google AdSense

I just stumbled across the "A Different Point of View" series of podcasts. The episodes are a set of somewhat humorous, but serious essays disproving myths about Stormtroopers and Star Wars universe from the point of view of a sand trooper.

A Different Point of View is a series of essays about the Star Wars Universe as seen through the eyes of lowly sandtrooper, TD-0013. It takes everything you thought you knew about the Star Wars saga and flips it around to expose the ugly underbelly of the Rebellion, The Jedi, and everything else.

The series is a couple years old, but it's new to me and incredibly awesome for Star Wars geeks like me.

20Mar/080

Developers are Clone Troopers and Project Managers are … Storm Troopers

Google AdSense

Max Pool of {CodeSqueeze} writes an interesting article titled "Why Managers Are Like Clumsy Storm Troopers".

Anytime software development or project management can be related to Star Wars themes, it makes the inner-geek in me want to spread the news...

... developers are like Clone Troopers. They are quick, disciplined, and deadly in their specialty.

Managers are elite forces in their own galaxy (far, far away); however, when they attempt to reenter the development trenches they look like the clumsy 2nd generation Storm Troopers.

When managers spend to much time in the meeting room (aptly named Death Star Room), developers turn into much weaker forms of their previous self.

For those who aren't aptly versed in Star Wars. The Clone Troopers were the military troops in Star Wars episode 1, 2,  and 3 (the new movies). The ones that fought alongside Anakin and Yoda and were great at shooting and killing stuff. These were the clones produced in Star Wars episode 1 by cloning Jango Fett.

The Storm Troopers are the later military forces found in Star Wars episode 4, 5, and 6 (the old movies). These are the Storm Troopers that Luke Skywalker fought against and they were really awful at shooting and killing anything.

(via Arjan's World)

My Related Posts: , ,
27Nov/070

I’m glad it has a name…

This morning's Dilbert cartoon had me rolling.  The pointy-hair boss commands Dilbert's team to start using Agile programming.  In the boss's description, he states that Agile programming means "no more planning and no more documentation." The boss goes on saying that the programmers can "start writing code and complaining."

View Dilbert Cartoon

My Related Posts: , ,
7Oct/070

Debugging code is like farting…

This little Zen-like quote was found via secretGeek's post called "Q: What's the cleverest kind of code?". Leon answers his question declaring "A: No code at all!"

In his research, Leon was searching for the Brain Kernighan debugging quote (shown below) and discovered it on Chris Sells' blog. The Kernighan quote has been around for a while and most everyone that has been writing code has probably already seen it.

Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.  Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.
--Brian Kernighan

WikiQuote has a few more quotes from Kernighan. But I think the jewel of Leon's post comes from the quote taken from Chris's blog entry who cites Paul Downey.

Debugging is like farting - it's not so bad when it's your own code.
--Paul Downey

My Related Posts: ,

27Sep/071

“Who Am I” follow up…

I stumbled upon The Nerd Tests (version 2) and just needed to see for myself who I was.  After taking the test, it calculated that I was a ... Uber Cool Nerd. Ha! Beat that! :)

Nerd Test - Uber Cool Nerd

  • Science / Math: 32%
  • Technology / Computer: 82%
  • Sci-Fi / Comic: 67%
  • History / Literature: 16%
  • Dumb / Dork / Awkward: 3%
15Aug/071

Fun with Web 2.0(tm)

There's a new Web 2.0TM affiliation spouting some words that most software development organizations have a hard time saying (at least in public).

Huh Corporation lays out their strategy as:

Our main consulting strategy is to convince clients that we do stuff they can't do themselves, and that we deserve lots of money for it. The best way to do this is to always look good, and always sound like we know something you don't. Because we do.

If you're needing a company to ping your open-source XML firewall nodes, then you'll need to hire their technology affiliate, Duh Corporation. Duh Corp takes it a step further by describing their clients:

Clients are always calling us with stupid questions. We hate that. But we charge them a lot of money, so we have to pretend to like them. And we have to pretend they're not stupid when they're saying really stupid shit. And that's not easy. But we make it look easy because we're so smart.

Of course, both sites are parodies of the Web 2.0 hysteria. After all, what is a "double back-end XHTML redundancy"?
:)

My Related Posts: