Archive for February, 2008


on What Happens When MVSers Have Too Much Time on Their Hands

My former housemates as Lord of the Rings characters:
(pictures thanks to Jeff)

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David
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Frodo
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Nathan
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Sam
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Ben
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Merry
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Jeff
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Pippin
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Justin
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Aragorn
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Sol
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Tom Bombadil


on Being a Programmer

Jonathan Wise’s essay on what he does as a programmer resonated with me. To whet your appetite:

A software developer must be part writer and poet, part salesperson and public speaker, part artist and designer, and always equal parts logic and empathy.

Code poets of the world unite!



on the Conservation of Desk Space

While trying to find a place on my new, large desk to work on my tax forms, I had a flash of insight which led me to the formulation of what I shall call Glick’s Law (a.k.a. the Law of Conservation of Desk Space). Namely:

The percentage of free space on a desk remains constant as the area of the desk surface increases without bound.

Glick’s Law can no doubt be attributed to the fact that paperwork exhibits the behavior — much like compounds in the gaseous state — of expanding to fill its container.

Glick???s Law ??? Conservation of Desk Space

Figure 1. Notice the graph’s distinct lack of slope as the size of the desk increases.