Monthly Archives: December 2010

How to Stay Awake in Meetings, Episode #7

Sometimes I get bored in meetings. Here are some scribblings from one of my 2009 notebooks: Ενα “whiskey” σε παρακηλω! Le soleil sûr ma tête, ce me fait comme un bête. ΑΡΧΕ ΚΟΡΙΝΘΩΣ La pluie de l’Espagne reste pour le … Continue reading

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Early Ideas about Using Checklists in Software Engineering

Some months ago, I wrote a review of Atul Gawande’s Checklist Manifesto and about using checklists in software development. I’m pleased to say that it looks like I might get a chance to follow-up on that idea more in the … Continue reading

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Requirements . . . again

It’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day . . . time to clean out the files at work. Actually, this year at the office I’m going through all of my yellow notepads — about 17 of them. As I find something … Continue reading

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Picking Winners and Losers in the Prescription Drug Wars

This article will soon be is cross-posted on the DSMA weblog. Many thanks for the opportunity! Note: I know this post is long. Here’s the takeaway in a nutshell: In the American system, we can have lower prices or more … Continue reading

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Smaller works by Arvo Pärt

I’ve been a big fan of Estonian minimalist composer Arvo Pärt since I heard a recording of “Te Deum” in 1993 or ’94. Since then I’ve listened to a lot of his recorded compositions, and I made myself a goal … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Triathlete

People go for a run all the time without racing. In fact people do a lot of potentially competitive activities just for the pure enjoyment of the thing. People go for bike rides, have a swim, play “horse” or pick-up … Continue reading

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Blunt Lancet Interview

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you no doubt have heard about Blunt Lancet’s new album that’s set to drop soon. Thanks to some connections, I got an advance copy of the CD, which I’ve had on heavy rotation. … Continue reading

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