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Mark Bowytz
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I've been holding back a lot on the stuff that I've been drawing for "Release!" but I feel really good about this one. Also, I turned on the Google auto image backup thing on my tablet and for those photos, you can do some neat filter things. Case in point - this one.
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Yep. Sounds about right.
 
BREAKING CAT NEWS: http://j.mp/1uCJSDW by Georgia Dunn Studio
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Check it out! My latest DevDisasters article is up!!

In it, I relay the tale of a green developer that might have taken too much initiative on his first fix...or did he?

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Funny thing - I have a column in Visual Studio Magazine called DevDisasters that I hardly speak of. Well that ends today. Check out my latest which highlights some problems with migrati....OH LOOK FREE FOOD!
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Some lunch doodles
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Hey! Cool! My latest DevDisasters article posted! 
I dropped in a few inside joke references to my day job that only I know but, for fun, see if you can find the Doom PC game reference. :-)
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Oh- the teleconference! I hated that level.
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I just HAD to finish that pint of ice cream. It was melting after all. #chunkymonkey
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I rarely post about how I do my managing editor thing for The Daily WTF. I mean, I don't post much of anything EVER, but this is a pretty huge (to me).

For YEARS (even when I was a humble writer), I thought that our method of assigning articles was completely bass-ackwards. You see, after sifting through the submissions, and we really do read every email, they are categorized and filed away in "The Queue". CodeSOD...Feature...Error'ds...all sorted away until they get assigned.

This curating process works - and has worked for gosh darn 10 years - but it assumes that a) writers are single threaded and b) they WANT to be single threaded. Yes, I can (and sometimes do) assign more than one article at a time. HOWEVER, all of our writers are remote and they all have busy lives so piling up submissions won't work especially when I don't know if they're bored or swamped. 

I thought that after running TDWTF for the past year and a half, the process has improved, but I've always felt it could be improved even more. ESPECIALLY since we have a group of stellar writers kicking ass every day and they deserve something smarter.

So, I had an idea to improve things that I finally pulled the trigger on. I'm not going to spill the beans on everything (mostly because I fear that I might jinx myself), but I feel that this could be a good step in improving how things work. 
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I AM THE SCRUMMASTER! MASTER OF SCRUMS! 

...Yes, that's absolutely correct.
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Been so busy with work stuff lately that I completely missed that Visual Studio Magazine ran one of my DevDisasters articles!

In this one, I write about an app whose time...is...running...out and make a bunch of Terminator references.
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Hey! It's Raging Kegger! Haven't seen this guy in YEARS! Had a strip back in the day with a bunch more of these, but sadly, this is the only surviving one.
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"Oh, that's the old name for the stored procedure - you should use the new non-intuitive name that you wouldn't know of instead." is a very frustrating thing to hear.
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If you have a 1 year old around the house, I highly suggest putting on a dog show (as I did this weekend) because they tell it like it is. Anything big and furry is a "woof" and the small dogs are categorized as "meow"s. Can't say I disagree!
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