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Shawn Vincent
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Attended University of Waterloo
Lives in Dunrobin, Ontario
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Here it is with the turnbuckle.

Very happy with how it turned out. 
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Wow.  I mean... wow.

1979: Jef Raskin (instigator of the Macintosh project) was writing a series of papers known as the "Book of Macintosh".

This particular article was his analysis of the problems that would arise when you had a computer that was sold to a million consumers.

As somebody who ran a software development shop that built and shipped a fairly substantial software package (PS Suite EMR) for a number of years, this was fascinating.

Many (most?) of the problems he talks about are very much forefront of mind.  The world has changed (mostly technology, supply chain, and infrastructure has been built up to resolve some of the issues he talks about), but some of the human issues are still very much there and are constant sources of discussion and debate.

Worth reading.  I found this FASCINATING.
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Latest update.  Not quite done, but getting there.
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More progress
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Wow. Very nice. I'd love to spend the time to learn all of these. 
Logical fallacies are often sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people. Don't be fooled! This website has been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent head.
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I see this a lot and I've been guilty of this in the past more than I'd like to admit.  Very very common issue in software shops.

This needs more publicity.
There's an online meme that goes, "Arguing with an engineer is a lot like wrestling with a pig in the mud; after a couple of hours, you realize the pig likes it." It's a prevalent enough form of communication in our field that most of us can think of an argument we had recently. Vim versus Emacs. Test-driven development versus whatever is the opposite of test-driven development. Python versus Ruby. JK, that's totally not a debate. Python is clear...
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One of the causes of this is lack of problem definition - everyone is debating solutions, wanting theirs to be the 'best'.  Without a clear problem statement there's no objective baseline for evaluating solutions, rapidly devolving into arguments & emotional discussions.
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The finished breadbox.

Painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint (best paint in the world -- wow that stuff is nice), plus distressing.

I added a whittled turnbuckle to the front after this photo.  It turned out great.
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Amen.
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More progress. First time for a biscuit joiner virgin. 
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Nice. 
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Education
  • University of Waterloo
    Math (Computer Science), 1993 - 1998
  • Steinbach Regional Secondary School
    High School (major: Math/Science, minor: Electrical/Electronics), 1992
  • University of Manitoba
    Computer Science, 1992 - 1993
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  • TELUS Physician Solutions
    Director, R&D, 2013 - present
  • Canadian Medical Association
    Vice President, R&D, 2013
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Kitchener, Ontario - Waterloo, Ontario - Cambridge, Ontario - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Sarto, Manitoba - Des Plaines, Illinois - Arlington Heights, Illinois
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