20 Apr 2006 titus   » (Journeyer)

Various miscellany...

MIT swipes Caltech cannon; then hits below the belt!

http://web.mit.edu/ec/www/cannoncoeds/:

"""
"I say take 'em back with the cannon.  In fact, forget the cannon,"
remarked senior Jeff Phillips.  Those who have been here for a shorter
period of time reacted differently.  Those quotes are not printable.
"""

Heh.

Fluxus

My sister pointed out this "fluxus" thing. Check it out [pdf]. Not sure what to make of it. To quote,

A piano is lifted by means of a windlass to the height of 2 meters and then
dropped.  This is repeated until the piano or the floor is destroyed.

I think it's a technique that can be used to shatter preconceptions about art and the role of the audience.

Whooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

agile-testing

I've been enjoying the agile testing mailing list; here's an interesting post where Michael Bolton (the famous tester, not the famous singer) discusses the so-called 'flat cost curve of change' due to agile methods.

avriettea = ennui+belligerent

avriettea, if I never entered the business because I knew in advance that I wouldn't be happy, does that mean that I'm still a defeatist? (That's why I'm in academics, frankly; it keeps me happier, long term, than programming. Bear in mind that science is as or more difficult than most computer jobs, we're just not paid so well.)

Anyway, it's an interesting idea, but I don't understand why sticking with something that you hate simply because leaving would be "weak" is a good path. (Not having anywhere else to go -- that's a different story.)

And yes, it worries me that you write posts like this and talk about playing with large guns ;).

--titus

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