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Your Health: do you listen or do you ignore?

Friday, December 17th, 2010

A lot has been going on lately, and we all have less and less time to think about ourselves. Less time to listen to our bodies and less time to do anything about it. I’ll tell you a story. Not long ago, I woke up with a strange feeling in my back. It wasn’t necessarily [...]

Email is your biggest competitor

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

I mean, I get hundreds of email in my normal day at my current gig. And it’s ridiculous, as most can easily be replaced if we just used an issue tracker and wiki (which we have plenty of). Not only would using an issue tracker maintain order (tracking, monitoring, context, etc) it would let us [...]

Telus, if you are listening… you suck!

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

That’s right.  But you probably already knew that right? Now, while I have your attention let me explain.  I have this here cell phone which I use on your network.  I should probably mention that I have been on your network for years now, but that’s not relevant (whoops, I already mentioned it). Ok, I [...]

Bring on the gridlock! Bring on change!

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Short term pain for long term gain. I tend to believe that in order for change to occur, there needs to be a (cheaper|better|more convenient) alternative to prompt a change in user|consumer habit. After having read Jeremy’s post only minutes ago, it’s easy to see how we got to where we are today – specifically, [...]

CSS Practices

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Cascading Style Sheets: they take patience and must be understood. Otherwise you can get destructive and counterproductive. Where is the example? .feature-list {} We’ve got a feature list that is used in several contexts: detailed, compact, expandable, etc. If that is the case, you need to use the cascade or specificity here. .feature-list.detailed {} .feature-list.compact [...]

When you “come around”, don’t be afraid to admit it

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

<rant> You attain much more respect by admitting your mistakes than by ignorantly casting them aside. We’ve all known or worked with someone who “defends bad ideas”. If you have defended a bad idea, made an error or simply fucked up… don’t be afraid to stand up and admit it. No, you wont get shot. [...]

Color of the bike shed

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Color of the bikeshed I’ve experienced this so many times it’s something I come to expect when I work on any upcoming project. The bigger – and more abstract – problem related to this is quite simply that a requirements grow, deliverables are behind and deadlines get missed. People stay quiet on technical issues, but [...]