Jimmy Eat World – Futures

I finally got around to buying the new album by Jimmy Eat World. Overall, it’s a good effort for a sophomore album. It doesn’t approach the quality of their first album, but since so many second albums are really bad, it’s hard to fault one that’s good. After I got it, I put it on…

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More on pinball and TZ

I started playing pinball when I was about 12 years old. That was way back in… Well, suffice it to say that I was 12. I started on pins rather than video games because video games didn’t really exist. Well, technically, this isn’t true – the first video games had be in bars for a…

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“You unlock this door with the key of imagination”

I got an early present today. I drove down to Fife (a indistinguishable suburb of Tacoma, and picked up a new pinball machine. Well, not a new machine, as there are no new machines, what with the demise of Williams in October of 1999, but thoroughly-reconditioned machine. In some respects, it’s better than new, as there…

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Visual Studio support for your language…

Cyrus is going to do a series of posts on how to add support for your own language within VS. Hopefully those of you who have a language they love (python, ruby, perl, OCaml, whatever) and woudl like to see that language fully supported in the VS IDE will now have a series of steps…

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Continue “What’s wrong with this code?”

I’d like an opinion on whether you are find the “what’s wrong with this code?” items useful at all, and whether you think I should continue to do them. Also, if you have any ideas for how to make them better – ideas that wouldn’t take a lot of time – please let me know.

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Communicativity and openness

As you’ve probably noticed from my blog, I’m a little less open and communicative than I was in the past, and I’ve decided to write about it, since I’ve been deliberately not answering some of the questions I’ve gotten in comments. It’s mostly because I’m no longer in a position where it’s my job to…

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Embedded development with .NET and C#

.netcpu has announced a tiny embedded system that uses allows the user to write .NET code. Here’s an Eweek article. I like C# and all, but at the current price point, I don’t think it’s very interesting. $500 for the development kit, $199 for the module. If you need the 32-bit performance (it uses an…

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Coping with Burnout…

In a comment, Todd wrote: http://blogs.msdn.com/ericgu/archive/2004/12/09/278797.aspx#278985 I have a few thoughts. First, it takes a while to get burnt out, so you can’t expect to get un-burnt-out in a week. For me, there have been a few things that have worked well: Change the situation that led to your burn out. In my case, it…

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Life simplification redux…

Back in June, I wrote a post about wanting to simplify my life, and to enjoy life more. I’ve made progress in some areas, not so much in other areas. Last summer I ended up pretty burned out, and I feel like I’m just starting to get caught up on a lot of things. So,…

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