“Holiday Lights” or “Christmas Lights”

In response to my Holiday Lights post, “a guy” wrote: They’re Christmas lights, dude. Jews don’t string up lights. So while it’s properly a “holiday party” at your office, and you wish people “happy holidays” (not knowing their religion), you just don’t put up holiday lights. No such thing. I was going to just let…

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Holiday light time…

After hosting Thanksgiving at our cabin (and going up to Stevens Pass for fun, where there was a total of 3″ of snow on the ground (9″ now) – not quite enough to start skiing), we came back Saturday morning to put up our holiday lights. I wrote about the system last year, so I’m…

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Lore’s ratings of “SKATEBOARDING MOVES FROM THE TONY HAWK GAMES”

I know that I’ve linked to Lore, in the past, but I haven’t looked at his ratings in a while. This one particularly got to me: Nose Manual This has something to do with balancing on two wheels, but it’s better out of context. Frankly, I think we could all use a nose manual. As…

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I think because I run?

From ScienceBlog A new study assembles evidence that humans evolved and human anatomy looks the way it does because our ancestors were more likely to survive if they could run. Humans evolved from ape-like ancestors because they needed to run long distances — perhaps to hunt animals or scavenge carcasses on Africa’s vast savannah —…

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What’s wrong with this code? (#3) – Answer

Here’s the discussion for the my last post. I liked Matthew’s response: …don’t throw “Exception” since you are not supposed to catch “Exception.” Anybody handling exceptions thrown by this code would have to catch Exception and ignore asynchronous exceptions (like OutOfMemoryException) at the same time, which is not easy. To expand a bit, if you wrap…

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Podcasting…

One of the hot topics in the blog world these days is Podcasting.  Podcasting is a way to automatically get MP3 files from the internet down to your portable device (doesn’t have to be an iPod, or even a portable – it works just as well on a desktop). It’s built on the same RSS…

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What’s wrong with this code? (#3)

No, you didn’t miss #2 – it was about using “throw” rather than “throw e” to preserve the stack information, and I decided it wasn’t worth a full post. This weeks snippet is also related to exception handling. Here’s the code: void UpdateBalance() {    try    {       balance = newBalance;       db.UpdateBalance(accountID, newBalance);…

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The Next Five Big NASA Failures

Jeffrey F. Bell writes in SpaceDaily: One of the most annoying things about NASA is that its dysfunctional management wastes a huge amount of effort on projects long after they are clearly doomed. You know, I can’t agree with him more. I think the space program in general and manned space flight in particular is…

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C# Test Driven Development class at BCC

If you live in the Bellevue area, you might be interested in C# Advanced Test Driven Development    at Bellevue Community College

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Transparency in Product Development

Soma (VP in charge of the developer division) writes about being more transparent. I, for one, think that we have a way to go in this area, but it’s not my opinion that matters – it’s your’s. So go read the post and comment on where we’ve made progress, whether the plans makes sense, and…

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