September 4th, 2006

Semiformalishmaybe

Our Father the Cat

I just finished reading Death March, an analysis of when software projects (in a company) are likely to fail due to inadequate time/resources and everybody knows it. The book tackles a number of aspects of such situations, including how to maximise one's chances of delivering, surviving, and the like. The two most important bits of advice are based on the right people being willing to push or cheat -- tell management above that the project is likely doomed and resources/requirements need to be revised, and avoid company standards that hurt productivity, by hook or crook. These are, I think, good bits of advice in any workplace -- doing what one's told may be a good guideline for basic behaviour, but when rules don't make sense and hurt the people who would follow them or the company as a whole, ignoring them (in a way that's not illegal and ideally won't get one fired) can make a lot of sense. Subordination is considerably worse than insubordination. Anyhow, the book is worth reading -- anyone local is welcome to borrow it.

I was thinking how confusing it must be for my cats to be around me -- I imagine they may think of me as a big, strange cat with some strange characteristics and behaviours:

  • My whiskers are very deficient
  • I can't purr, but am much better at other vocal noises
  • I'm comparitively slow
  • I'm huge!
  • I can stand on my hind legs for much longer than even Beefalo, and can even move around on them. I only move on all fours rarely
  • I can open and close doors much more easily
  • I can use my hands to pet them, rather than rubbing with my head or tongue
  • I eat better food, and can leave their universe (by opening doors they can't)
  • I can carry them
But then.. given how housecats have evolved around humans, I suspect they may have a notion of human if they have a notion of cat.
Semiformalishmaybe

Hat Conductor

It's a 7-7/8ths Stetson. I should also mention -- my hatter's name is Baruch Smith. He can be reached by calling 412.551.6749 or via email: wyonethats@yahoo.com, so if any other Pittsburghers need hats, he's a pretty cool guy.

Semiformalishmaybe

Lj and Feeds

Dear LJ-folk,

I suggest you unsubscribe from dachte_feed and simply friend my main account (dachte dachte). I just finished implementing glue between POUND and LJ::Simple (a wonderful Perl module) so that POUND will directly post to LJ, avoiding the messy, slow, comment-losing RSS/Atom syndication process. It took me this long mainly because I haven't been in a programming mood for awhile -- the interface is pretty simple. My glue is not super sophisticated at this point, but I'll probably be working on it over the next few weeks to get the details right. Let me know if there's anything particularly obnoxious about the glue.

Note:

  1. Effective immediately, I won't be reading comments left on the feed anymore
  2. If you friended my LJ account and don't want to see roughly-daily posts by me, feel free to unfriend it now -- I won't be offended
  3. I still mildly prefer that you use my blog directly, but lj comments are not as bad now given that they won't disappear after about 2 weeks.
On a more personal note, random people have started to call me "Tex" because of my new hat. :)
Semiformalishmaybe

Lj and Feeds

Dear LJ-folk,

I suggest you unsubscribe from dachte_feed and simply friend my main account (dachte dachte). I just finished implementing glue between POUND and LJ::Simple (a wonderful Perl module) so that POUND will directly post to LJ, avoiding the messy, slow, comment-losing RSS/Atom syndication process. It took me this long mainly because I haven't been in a programming mood for awhile -- the interface is pretty simple. My glue is not super sophisticated at this point, but I'll probably be working on it over the next few weeks to get the details right. Let me know if there's anything particularly obnoxious about the glue.

Note:

  1. Effective immediately, I won't be reading comments left on the feed anymore
  2. If you friended my LJ account and don't want to see roughly-daily posts by me, feel free to unfriend it now -- I won't be offended
  3. I still mildly prefer that you use my blog directly, but lj comments are not as bad now given that they won't disappear after about 2 weeks.
On a more personal note, random people have started to call me "Tex" because of my new hat. :)