Thursday, September 22, 2011

Email from My Mother...

I received the following email from my mother this morning:
To save the economy, on September 27, 2011, the government will start deporting old people (instead of illegals) in order to Lower Social Security and Medicare costs.

Old people are easier to catch and will not remember how to get back home.

I started crying when I thought of you.

Does your mother call you an “old buzzard”?

Trello Upate...

I posted very briefly about Trello last week.  I've been using it ever since to keep track of my personal “to do” list, and so far it's proved to be the single most usable such implementation I've run across.  For a developer, the checklist feature is absolutely perfect – I can plan out all the little steps involved for a new feature I'm adding, and then run through them.  I can add or delete or reorder these steps as I go.  I can attach screenshots and documents willy-nilly.  I have yet to run into something that I want to do, but cannot.

Nice job, Fog Creek!

Richard Feynman...

Long-time readers will already know that Dr. Feynman is one of my personal heroes.  I recently ran across something I'd read years ago – his appendix to the Rogers Commission report on the Challenger disaster, containing personal observations.  It's a masterpiece in its entirety, but I'd completely forgotten the last sentence:
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
The man had a real talent for cutting through the clutter and crap that more ordinary thinkers get distracted by.  Awesome...