2006 goals, and bicycle coaches

I was reading Fatty, and he talked about his goals for 2006. So, I thought that I’d talk about mine, and perhaps give him a bit of advice… I’ve decided on my bicycle goals this year. My big rides are going to be: STP One-day (July 15th) I’ve never done STP. I’ve thought about doing the…

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New Toys – iPod Shuffle and Roku M500

I got some new toys as presents – the ubiquitous iPod Shuffle, and a Roku M500 network music player. Well, strictly, speaking, they’re not *my* toys – they belong to my daughter, but since she’s unlikely to blog about them, I thought I would. The Roku came first (note to Roku – I get the…

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Holiday Letter 2005

Every year I write a humorous holiday letter to go along with the cards that we send out to friends and family. Well, let’s be realistic. Each year I spend hours and hours writing, trying to come up with something that is at least amusing. Some years, it’s fairly funny. Some years, not so much. For…

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Want to review my new book?

I got a request from my publisher for reviewers for the third edition of my book. You would get a copy of the book, read it (that part’s optional), and then write a review of it on Amazon. So, if you’d like to participate, leave a comment with the reason I should choose you to…

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Flow vs. Collaboration

I’ve been talking about some agile techniques with one of my co-workers, and one of his concerns about pair programming or not being in separate offices is that he won’t be able to get into a state of flow in that kind of environment. My limited experience with working on projects in group settings leads…

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Regex 101 Discussion I2 – Find two words in a string

I2 – Find two words in a string Find any string that has the following two words in it: “dog” and “vet” ******This is an interesting one, since it’s not something that regex is particularly suited for. The test strings that I’m using are: I took my dog to the vet The vet fixed my dog…

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Barbecue hazing

Today, we took a group to Dixie’s barbecue, so that some of our newer members could meet “The Man”. “The Man”, of course, is Dixie’s extremely hot barbecue sauce. While the novices were recovering and the repeat customers were figuring out how to encorporate “the man” into our meals without permanent damage, it struck me…

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Halo Zero

Halo as a sideshooter… You can switch to english, but I find that french is a bit more fun…

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Make it a warning!!!

My code samples of the past couple of days have led to a few requests for warnings, which reminds me of a story. So gather round old Grandpa Gunnerson. Like many such stories, this is something I’ve said before – probably on this very blog – but I can’t find anything through search, so you’ll…

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Checkin mail for today

From a checkin I made today: Though one might perhaps at this time expect With the holidays looming and the halls bedecked A check-in mail that is somewhat relevent Glad tidings to wish, or at least thoughts benevolent But I fear that all I can offer is token With this checkin made, fewer things are…

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