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A board game.  About shipping containers (and trade).  I don't know why, but I really like shipping containers.  Maybe because they're like Legos for Godzilla?
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Bloomberg headline: Harvard Yoga Scientists Find Proof of Meditation Benefit

I wish my university had had a Yoga Science program (although we did have a Fiber Science major).  Is this an attempt to address the gender imbalance in STEM?
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Is there any reason we keep calling it "velocity" instead of "capacity"?

(Assuming we don't call it "obsolete", like +Joshua Kerievsky does: http://www.industriallogic.com/blog/stop-using-story-points/ )
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It's about bringing some reality to the numbers thrown around so casually. You can have an accurate number for your teams velocity. You don't know how much you can achieve in the next sprint. Best you can do is guess based on the current trend.

I like the quote from Niels Bohr, "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future."
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From the Edsel Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edsel):

Workers assembling Fords and Mercurys often found the task of assembling the occasional Edsel that moved down the line burdensome, since it required them to change tools and parts bins, then switch back to resume assembling Fords or Mercurys after completing assembly on the Edsel. The workers were also expected to accommodate Edsel assembly with no adjustment in their hourly quota of Ford and Mercury production.

Consequently, the desired quality control of the different Edsel models proved difficult to achieve, even when the Fords and Mercurys were satisfactorily assembled on the same lines. Many Edsels actually left the assembly lines unfinished. Uninstalled parts were placed in the trunks along with installation instructions for dealership mechanics, some of whom never installed the additional parts at all. Some dealers did not even receive all the parts.

(Emphasis added.)

How can we make sure these cars are low-quality?  Hey, I know: let's make the workers hate them!  OK, how do we do that?  By making them a pain in the ass to work on, and insisting the workers do that work on top of all their other responsibilities!

Good thing nothing like that ever happens in my industry; I can't even imagine a piece of software shipping before it's finished....
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Headline: FDA to revise nutrition facts label
WASHINGTON (AP) — Those nutrition labels on the back of food packages may soon become easier to read.

I predict in thirty years, the simplification process will lead to nutrition labels that just read "EAT THIS" or "DON'T EAT THIS".

I also predict anything with corn in it will get the "EAT THIS" label.
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Trying to use a TV with a Raspberry Pi?  No luck getting a composite output signal, even though you set hdmi_force_hotplug=0 in the config.txt?

This problem has bitten Joe and me twice now on a Raspberry Pi Model B (once with Arch and once with Raspbian).  Turns out you need to put both these lines in config.txt:

hdmi_force_hotplug=0
hdmi_ignore_hotplug=1

It looks like the HDMI hotplug signal is being sent (very, very incorrectly: literally nothing in the house uses HDMI).  You should also make sure neither of these is set anywhere else in the config.txt, and that hdmi_safe is not set either.

More useful information is here:
http://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/tags/config.txt/info
#raspberrypi  #ntsc
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Out-of-Date JUnit

 Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: org.junit.runner.Description.createSuiteDescription(Ljava/lang/String;Ljava/io/Serializable;[Ljava/lang/annotation/Annotation;)Lorg/junit/runner/Description;

means:

You're using something (cucumber-jvm in my case) which requires JUnit-4.11, but you're using an older version (4.8 in my case).
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Today I learned that noted British philosopher Philippa Foot was the granddaughter of Grover Cleveland.  Unfortunately, I also learned that she died three years ago, on her 90th birthday.
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that's nice and she is old enough lol
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Things I Hate, #32761:  Web Pages with No Dates

Yesterday, I was looking at a comparison of Chef and Puppet which explicitly said "this may not apply in the future"—yet had no date (and yes, I checked the URL for one).

Today I'm reading something about Product Backlog Refinement, and it actually has a date—but no year.  Argh.

The most important piece of metadata about a page (at least for a tech-related page) is when it's from.  Please don't hide that away because you think it clutters up your nice blog template.
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Exactly, so frustrating.
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Fact Mining looks like gamification of analyzing archived magazines and newspapers.

This excerpt makes me think of Charles Stross (noted sci-fi author; go Google him, after you follow the FactMiners link):

Once an army of FactMiners' game-players "consume" a museum or archive host's source repository and leave the by-product of the Fact Cloud representation of the collection's source material...

(I stumbled on this while trying to find an old ad that ran in Softalk magazine.)
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When you're skiing, going left to avoid a tree and going right to avoid a tree are just opposite ends of a spectrum.  You can choose your own position along a sliding scale between left and right.

Yay compromise!
This is a mostly-verbatim post from a LinkedIn forum.  I thought it was worth sharing with the audience here, so you can help me refine my thinking. In the forum, another member suggested that agile and waterfall are oppo...
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Oh, George,I totally missed the point. My apologies for reading in too
serious of a mood.

My bad totally.

Thanks for the reply first, and then again for being kind enough to explain.

The compliment on the blog shows how wonderfully gracious you are.

Thanks for that, too.
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As someone who occasionally slips up and answers "How are you?" honestly, I found this piece on Russian vs. American replies hilarious.
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I tend to answer "Are you really interested, or just being polite?"
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1) This location is impossible to find. There is literally NO Hertz sign, and the marker on Google Maps was off by two blocks. It's INSIDE a Lexus dealership, at the corner of Kenwood and Osage. 2) This location closes at 6:00 PM weekdays. In spite of that, Travelocity let me make a reservation for 6:00 PM, and made no note of it. Since it took an extra fifteen minutes to stumble on the place, I would have been out of luck if there hadn't been an employee working late. The moral: always call in advance, even if you have an online reservation. 3) None of this reflects on the people working there, who were very polite and very efficient.
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