The Greatest Musicals of All Time

Since I was in Junior High School, I played professionally in the pit orchestras for various musicals. I must have played in over 100 different musicals. I’ve played Rogers and Hammerstein and Gilbert and Sullivan, and others whom you’ve never heard of. But there are two musicals that stand out for me: West Side Story…

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Revenge of the Screw Cap

Of late, I’ve been sampling an increasing number of wines coming with screw tops. I have to say that screw tops are no longer the purview of cheap jug wine. At least not exclusively. No, as I sit here sipping a glass of La Vieille Ferme “Lasira” (75% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 0% Cork, according to…

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Comcast Channel 104

My wife and I were watching “Desperate Housewives” in high-def. Wonderful, except that the audio kept skipping. So, at the end of the show when it became unbearable, I called Comcast. Lo-and-behold, a person answered the phone and, the second I said something about skipping audio, asked “Channel 104?” I allowed as to how it…

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The 1.3oz Bag of Coffee

I just ran into the Farmers Brothers rep who was replenishing our floor’s supply of coffee (or as my friend Ben calls it, “office brown”) and chatted with him for a minute. It turns out that Microsoft has special-ordered those prepackaged bags of coffee with only 1.3oz of coffee in them. Evidently about 1.5oz is…

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On the Beauty of English

Last weekend, I read a leader in the Economist praising short words. The amazing thing about it was that it used only short words — words of one syllable — for about 500 words and it came across as wonderfully written. At the same time, I bemoan the loss of some of the texture of…

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Looking For A Few Good Product Managers

Recently, two folks have left my team — my C++ product manager and my WinFX product manager. Both of these positions spend their days thinking about how to win the hearts and minds of developers and doing the right thing for our developer customers. If you know anybody who’d be a fit, feel free to…

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My Cat, The Radar Dish

For the last few days, one of our cats (Mac) seemed a little under the weather. It’s hard to determine when an animal that sleeps 22 hours a day when it’s healthy is slowing down, but last night we had the definitive word: he was bleeding. We rushed him to the kitty emergency room and…

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One Must-Try Wine, Three OK Wines

Cotes-du-Ventoux 2002: Recommended. For $8/bottle, a knockdown Rhone drinking wine. Not a massive Rhone wine, the Cotes du Ventoux is a nice sipping wine with some herbs and spices on the nose and a taste with a bit of berry. A little hard to find (I got mine at Esquin), but a search on a new search…

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Top Ten Rejected Legal Disclaimers for My Blog

Recently I noticed that my blog didn’t have a legal disclaimer and figured that it probably should. After thinking about this deeply (i.e. copying what was on BradA’s blog), I contemplated further and decided that there could be better (or at least more creative) disclaimers.  “These postings confer no warranties express or implied. Just like…

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Making Me Chuckle Twice

Recently, I read two things that made me chuckle. The first was Mark Pilgrim’s blog posting on Why Specs Matter. I particularly liked his section on Angels. I’m afraid he’s more right than wrong. The second was Taiwan’s foreign minister statement about Singapore: “Even Singapore, a country the size of a piece of snot, can swagger around…

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