My Oven is On Fire

I don’t mean this metaphorically, nor do I mean that the food in the oven is on fire. I mean, “The oven is on fire.” As in, the wires in the controller switch overheated, the insulation melted, they arced, and the insulation caught fire. Had I not been standing right there when it happened, I…

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Make Any Blog Show Your Most Recent Posts

Adam Nathan created a pretty cool Popfly gadget the other day. You can see it on this very blog if you look to the right: the Recent Posts section. Basically, this is a Popfly mashup that reads the last few blog posts from my blog and generates a nice HTML list that I can then…

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Taking Down Christmas Decorations

When is the right time to take down Christmas decorations? Growing up, my parents typically did it just after New Years. My wife and I had our tree up until this past weekend (more as a result of laziness than any statement we were trying to make) and I still have the lights on the…

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Popfly’s Silverlight Display Blocks

One of the scenarios a lot of Popfly customers have tried is to create a block. Display blocks have been particularly hard to create until recently (with the latest release of Popfly and Popfly Explorer’ it got much easier) and Tim Rice has blogged about the process of creating one. Update: Steven Wilssens has just…

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USB Stick in the Sky

Passing VS projects around is a common-enough task. I don’t mean those times when you’re trying to do joint development, I mean those times when you have a sample or solution that you want to share with someone to show how it solves a particular problem. Typically you send them as ZIP files in email…

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Flexible Priorities

I start every day with a list of things I need to do. Generally, this lists comprises a collection of email messages, Outlook Tasks, meetings and calendar items, TFS work items (oops, better check those), things that are just in my head that I haven’t noted down anywhere, and things my wife asks me to…

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Screencasting the Hard Way

With today’s update to Popfly, comes a new Popfly screencast. Or kind of a screencast. It turns out that when you leave a development team alone for a few days, they do strange and wonderful things. Like stage a live-action screencast that uses humans dressed up as Popfly blocks to demo how to build a…

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A Note on Knives

Earlier this week someone asked me about which knife to buy. I launched into an exegesis that would have amazed, then bored, even Alton Brown. He said I should write it down, so I am. At a book reading, I once asked Anthony Bourdain what one kitchen gadget he couldn’t live without. When I said,…

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2008 Predictions

I predict that 2008 will have between 300 and 400 days. Most if not all will end in the letter “y.” Similarly, here in Seattle most if not all will involve some form of precipitation. I predict that the US will have an election this year. A democrat will win. Or a republican. In any…

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Getting Square, Part 2

I just spent two quality hours with my table saw. I’d known for a while that the saw needed tuning, but I’d been putting it off. Yesterday’s frustrating session, however, was the last straw. I’d been checking the saw for true for three years using the blade and a square, but it doesn’t really work…

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