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Have you visited the Computer History Museum's mind-boggling Revolution exhibit? For every item there, there are many more waiting their turn in CHM's "dark archive" in Milpitas. Today there was an open house to celebrate the arrival of the Paul Pierce Collection: 54 pieces comprising 5 systems containing more than 10,000 vacuum tubes, miles of wire, 10 pallets of cables, weighing 90,000 lbs. and arriving in 3 tractor trailers. My favorite is the IBM 709: IBM's final vacuum tube computer, the successor of the IBM 704 (for which the first Fortran compiler was written) and the predecessor of the IBM 7090/7094 (which was the first computer I programmed, in high school, in 1966-67).
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Really good talk. I knew all those scrum meetings we were stuck in were good for something.
In my work inbox this morning:

Dear Chet,

[Company name] helps companies with Private and Public Agile training, Team Augmentation, Agile-Project Management, Assessment & Transformation, Tool Services, Coaching and Workshops.
Wow, that's a lot of buzzwords. A lot of completely meaningless, trendy buzzwords.

Do you have time for an Agile strategy discussion or a short meeting with our Director of Agile Services [Somebody's name]?
No, I'm too busy ridiculing people like you.

We've been training people from similar companies. We are working with lots of companies like (Cisco, Wells Fargo, Oracle, …) to help with training, tools, coaching and on-boarding.
Sounds less like on-boarding, more like water-boarding.

What's the best way to get 10 minutes on your calendar?
Be someone I'd actually like to talk to.

I look forward to your reply!
I doubt it. I really doubt it.

p.s. Please see my video on The Future of Software Development Process Methodology Effectiveness. It pretty much captures my opinion of what you do for a living.
http://www.parleys.com/#st=5&id=3539

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One weird trick ... I always thought the kernel trick was amazing; now we hear about how statistics profs hate Vapnik and Cortes for it ...
http://www.oneweirdkerneltrick.com/

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Michael climbing something difficult.
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Old mine near Sabrina lake.
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