Saturday, April 24, 2010

On the Threats to the South Park Creators...

I'm with Jon Stewart on this one:


We got 1.8 inches last Tuesday and Wednesday, and there's more in the long range forecast for next week.  Awesome!

Let Us Help You Pack...

Oh, yeah.  Via my mom...

Childbirth at 65...

Via my mom:
With all the new technology regarding fertility recently, a 65-year-old friend of mine was able to give birth. When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, I went to visit.

"May I see the new baby?" I asked.

"Not yet," she said... "I'll make coffee and we can visit for a while, first."

Thirty minutes had passed, and I asked, "May I see the new baby now?"

"No, not yet," she said.

After another few minutes had elapsed,

I asked again, "May I see the baby now?"

"No, not yet," replied my friend.

Growing very impatient, I asked,
"Well, when can I see the baby?"

"WHEN HE CRIES!" she told me.

"WHEN HE CRIES?" I demanded.
"Why do I have to wait until he CRIES?"


Psalm 2010...

Reader Richard F. forwarded this:
Obama is the shepherd I did not want.
He leadeth me beside the still factories.
He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his party's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread line,
I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with me.
He has anointed my income with taxes,
My expenses runneth over.

Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will live in a mortgaged home forever.
I am glad I am American,
I am glad that I am free.

But I wish I was a dog...
And Obama was a tree.

ClimateGate: Questionable Data...

Steve McIntyre, data detective...

Death by Puppies...

Think the Red Light Scameras Are Bad?

Get a load of this!

The User Conference is Over...

And to all those who wrote to ask about it: it went very well indeed.  Something like 50 people attended the “lab” that one of my colleagues and I put on (Advanced Discovery...).  Afterwards several of the attendees told us that they had gotten good benefit from it, which made us all feel useful.

This year's conference had a new feature: customers could make appointments with individual developers through a web site.  This worked out very well, as it gave us a way to find each other in the chaos of the conference.  Every meeting I had with a customer was useful to both the customer and I.

Great show - but I'm glad it's over!  Such things always tire me out, and so it was this time.  This morning we slept in a little bit (didn't get up until 5 am!), and today we are working outside in the beautiful weather of our California mountains... 


Today's Dilbert cartoon perfectly captures the way a non-technical boss can leave a technical subordinate totally without words...