November 27, 2006

Tis the season.

The Sooners clinched the Big 12 South title this year and will face
Nebraska saturday for the Big 12 Championship. Could be a good game with
the history behind these 2 teams and their previous rivalries.

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but the pounds didn't do as much going as
the holiday did (holidays are just festivals for overeating). Now it's
time to get in official Christmas mode. Ready or not, here it comes.

Picked up 2 things for myself this week. The newest Splinter Cell novel
(Checkmate), and the latest release in the Final Fantasy handheld series,
but this time it's for the DS (Final Fantasy III). Haven't started playing
or reading either of them yet, but I will.

Until next time

November 25, 2006



Enough said.


Turkey day in the sticks

So you know that you've gone off the grid when you make it to a place where the state newspaper doesn't have a delivery route. Growing up in Battiest, OK I never realized this, but the Daily Oklahoman is delivered by mail. Thus, when it is a holiday, you don't get your paper. Well, the wife loves the Thanksgiving edition of the paper because it has all the adverts for all the stores with sales on black friday. So, being the take care of my family type alpha-male that I am (cough, cough), I made a trek to the nearest daily stocked newspaper box which was in Hochatown, about 20 minutes from Battiest.

After all that my wife was very dissappointed to find out that the Daily Oklahoman editions that were delivered to McCurtain county don't have the usual adverts. I believe they had sections for Atwoods and JC Penney. Considering that the nearest glimpse of a shopping mall to Battiest is 3 hours away in another state that shouldn't be too surprising.

Until next time

November 21, 2006

Holidays and Football Chances

Well, it is officially the holiday season. Turkeys are being prepared for
the ovens and fine china is being dusted (except for the smart folks who
use disposable dinnerware, don't forget to recycle...). Commercials are
all about the coming gift holiday (also known as Christmas). I really like
this time of year, the weather suits me and football is in full swing.

Speaking of football, the Sooners still have a chance (slight though it may
be) to make it to the Big 12 Champoinship game. They just have to hope
that Texas A&M has a little Sooner Magic on friday and upsets the
Longhorns, then they have to make a little magic of their own against their
in-state rival the cowboys (Sooners are only favored by 6 this year).

We'll see.

Until next time

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November 14, 2006


Once at work I was working with another developer and he was approached and addressed with the following question:

How long does it take to write a class?

The first thing that popped into my head was my high school senior English Lit class. We were assigned essays every week, and every week we would pose the same question to the teacher:

How long does it have to be?

Well, he would smile very crookedly (sort of devilish as was his way) and say:

How long is a piece of string?

That was how I would have answered the question were I the one being asked, how long to write a class. You can't really even tell me that that is a valid question. You can't time that. You may can break it down and say something like, "How long to write a basic POJO?" And then I might discuss how many fields? Obviously if I have 100 fields on a POJO it will take longer than if I just had 10, even with my super cool IDE (eclipse) that allows me to generate getters and setters, I still have to type out the types and names for my fields if I want them to represent my business object properly.

All this to say that you can't measure everything, and when you try to you end up wasting time. And then you'll have to come up with a way to measure that.

Until next time


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November 8, 2006

Coffee anyone?

Which Caffeinated Beverage are You?
You are Rockstar. What can we say, you're a star.  You've got all the ingredients to be successful.  Don't blow it.

Typical survey thingy, gotta go get more coffee now.

Until next time,