Monthly Archives: July 2008

Hard, cheap wisdom

After working for some biggish companies (and I do include Atari Corp., which had maybe 200 people, because of the Large Pockets personally financing the firm), I did a number of Silly Valley start-ups. Here is a little hard-bought wisdom.  … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Scrum

I’ve been involved in a few projects that were using Scrum. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have velocity all the time when I work. My working style is more like: Fidget for a while, noodling with things … Continue reading

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Elmo not want this

“Elmo not want this.  Elmo reallllly not want this.  Why you do this to Elmo?” [Bored, in a meeting, and for some reason there’s a bucketful of toys next to my chair . . . the next thing I know … Continue reading

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Secret service raids

Once upon a time at Atari, I helped the Secret Service bust some bad guys.  Let me be up front about this: It was related to my work, it was kind of fun at first, and if offered the chance … Continue reading

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Thomas Disch, RIP

Thomas Disch is dead.  Sigh. link I’ll make another stab at On Wings of Song. He wasn’t a nice guy, from reports.  He had little patience, tended to make enemies of friends, and I wish I’d met him.  One of … Continue reading

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Remember this bit

Remember this snippet of the Declaration of Independence, at least:  … For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences: … Sure, it hasn’t happened … Continue reading

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… and promptly got stuck [D2]

My Diablo 2 kick is over.  I got my “I’ll just play a few minutes to see what it’s like” character to the end of Act II, whereupon Duriel is handing my ass to me over and over again (“Grrr-Arg!  … Continue reading

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