30 November 2008


typealyzer rates this blog as ESTP, while a 'real' test indicates i'm closer to ENTP.

ESTP - The Doers

The active and play-ful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.

25 November 2008

regulation we can live with

Yglesias has a fairly simple idea on the proper role of regulation, one that i happen to agree with.

24 November 2008

free typemock

we've been talking about typemock around the office for a while now but never got around to trying it out. now i have the opportunity, since they are kindly offering to hand out a few free licenses.
Typemock are offering their new product for unit testing SharePoint called Isolator For SharePoint, for a special introduction price. it is the only tool that allows you to unit test SharePoint without a SharePoint server. To learn more click here.
i'll get back to you on just how awesome this thing is. i expect wonders, given how much of .NET (and SharePoint apparently) are free of interfaces and prone to static methods.

22 November 2008

agility as a key strategy

the WSJ tells a tale of superior agility in the flexible nature of Honda plants that can, in 5 minutes, switch a line over from Civics to CR-Vs.
The manufacturing dexterity of Honda's plants, now the most flexible in North America, is emerging as a key strategic advantage for the company. In an era of volatile gasoline prices, Honda can adjust production to inventory levels faster than its competitors. Earlier this year, when gasoline prices reached $4 a gallon, the company slowed production of its Ridgeline pickup truck at its Canada plant and increased output of better-selling vehicles.
responding to change over following a plan.

20 November 2008

when you're right, you're right

scavinger: The standard english-language version of the Daily Tar Heel ran a comparison today of the gubernatorial candidates, minus Munger. If these college student fuckwads are our future, we are utterly screwed.

unacoder: maybe you should write a letter to the editor

scavinger: I don't think they like being called fuckwads. And I don't think I could restrain myself.

quote of the day-or-so

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
Mohandas Gandhi

my head hurts

public abstract class EntityGridPageTester<T> : PageTester<T> where T : PageTester<T>

now i can have common methods on a super class from which i can return this as the subclass such that i can implement a fluent API for testing pages. makes me wish i were using ruby.

16 November 2008

quote of the day-or-so

Someone included Obama's victory speech on their mix. People seem to think that's cool. I seem to think I hate people.
Will Wilkinson

as the street turns

the screwy lady across the street is at it again. twice this week, wife and i have returned her paper to her property after she (or her proxy) has thrown it in the street. i think the next time will require a gentle reminder that she should dispose of her own trash.

wife suggested that the lady might think that, since she didn't subscribe, she may think that it's someone else's paper. but after years of living here, i would think this lady would understand by now that we all suffer.

13 November 2008

maybe we can all learn something

the following text is from a mailing i received from The Advocates. replace 'libertarian' with just about anything, but 'democratic' or 'republican' for the sake of this post.
The Toughest Prospects: Family and Friends

by Michael Cloud

"I don't know why my dad supports single-payer health care," said my friend.
"He's smart. Well-educated. He was a business leader. He understands most of
our libertarian philosophy. But he insists that single-payer health care is the
only solution to our health care problems. What can I do to change his

"How many times have you discussed health care policy with your father?" I

"Several times," she said.

"How many libertarian policy proposals, white papers, articles, and books on
the subject have you asked your father to read?" I asked.

"Maybe 10 or 20 articles and books," she answered.

"When did you start trying to convince your father about free market health
care?" I asked.

"Four or five years ago," she said.

"Is he any closer to agreement than he was when you started?" I asked.

"No, he hasn't budged an inch," she admitted.

"Since he's not buying, why are you trying to sell?" I asked.

"He's my dad. He's seen the evidence. He ought to agree," she said.

"But he doesn't agree. He's no closer to agreeing. He doesn't want to agree.
And, much as you love your father, he may never agree. If he never agrees, if
he never becomes a libertarian, will you still love him?" I asked.

"Of course. I love my father. I'll keep loving my father whether we agree or
disagree," she said.

"May I make a suggestion? Accept that your dad doesn't see health care the way
you do, that he doesn't want to change his mind, that he probably will never
change his mind. Drop the health care issue. And cherish the relationship you
have with him," I suggested.

Often, the toughest prospects for liberty are our family and friends.

If you've given your family and friends books and articles about
libertarianism, if you've have many discussions and arguments with them, and if
they are no closer to libertarianism... drop the subject.

If they're resisting, stop pushing.

If they're not buying, stop selling.

Maybe they don't like the ideas. Maybe you're pressuring them. Maybe you are
the wrong person to convince them.

Relax. Savor the moment. Enjoy your relationships.

Stop demanding that family or friends absolutely must agree with you.

Talk to people who are interested in libertarian ideas and solutions. Talk to
high-probability prospects.

Maybe someday your family and friends will come to libertarianism. Maybe they

Accept them as they are. Love them. And let them love you.

Love and let love.

It will set you free.
i think our inability to do just that is in large part the core of the state of american politics with all of its ranting and hatred.

05 November 2008

quote of the day-or-so

I just don't like presidents. Projecting so much aspiration on a single good man with power to make things happen is depressingly primate.
Will Wilkinson

02 November 2008

where's my bailout?

intrepid not for the meek

even though smart people have warned me against early adoption of anything linux, i have gone ahead with the upgrade to 8.10 (intrepid ibex). while i expected some issues, i figured i'd dig my way out as i've always done. this time, however, i think i've finally been convinced that i should just leave well enough alone.

the major problem was the video driver (surprise!). after the lengthy upgrade process, the machine finally booted to a black screen. i managed to get back in by booting back into recovery mode and 'fixing' the xorg config. seems the resolution i had selected wasn't super supported. perhaps it's because i've selected the 177 driver that i can no longer reach 1280 x 1024. i suppose i'll try 173 while i still have a day left in the weekend to recover.

this OS is truly not for the meek. now i'm looking forward to jocular junebug.

01 November 2008

ubuntu + google

google has kindly created an ubuntu repo that is home, minimally, to the linux version of picasa (3.0 is now in beta). to make it easy on those of us who don't care to tinker in config files, they have also created a script for setting it all up, including the import of their signing key.

they also have a 'testing' repo, if you're a masochist.