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Sep 14

It’s Funny ‘Cause It’s True

n-HELLO-MR-large570A QA Engineer walks into a bar. Orders a beer. Orders 0 beers. Orders 999999999 beers. Orders a lizard. Orders -1 beers. Orders a sfdeljkn.

Jul 14

How To Do Something In An Agile Fashion

03-cat-jumping-lgnDave Thomas (PragDave) has an interesting post regarding the use of the word “Agile”. In it, he argues against the use of “agile” as a noun, preferring using “agility”… fair enough… but like the context driven folks, who would have us use the phrase “automated checks” instead of “automated tests”, I don’t really care. The argument itself may be interesting, but semantic change is a bitch; good luck!

But he also talks about “How to do something in an agile fashion”… which I found most intriguing:

What to do:
• Find out where you are
• Take a small step towards your goal
• Adjust your understanding based on what you learned
• Repeat

How to do it:
When faced with two of more alternatives that deliver roughly the same value, take the path that makes future change easier.

I love the simplicity of this. Additionally, he also states:
“…anyone who comes up with something bigger or more complex is just trying to sell you something.”

Nice work, sir… and for that, I changed my tagline to aid your cause :)

Jan 14

Shmappy Moo Fare!

101_2066[1]I only have a few traditions with the new year. One is saying “Shmappy Moo Fare”, which is how one says “Happy New Year” in drunk. The other I picked up (among other things) when I lived in Nashville. In the south, it’s considered good luck to eat black eyed peas on New Years Day.

I recall NOT eating black eyed peas in 2013… rather, I made a split pea soup and hoped that’d cover me. Split peas, black eyed peas… what’s the difference. The soup came out okay and that’s exactly how I’d categorize 2013: “meh”.

This year, I resolved to make a soup with dried/soaked black eyed peas and the whole shebang. The hope being, that it would turn out great, and in turn, prophesise a great 2014.

Long story only slightly longer… the soup was fabulous.

Shmappy Moo Fare to all!