And the technology grinds to a halt

One of the coworkers keeps finding ants in his cubes.

All work has ceased.

It must be a Monday 🙂

It makes me wish I had a good camera.

Managing your geek team

Awesome article: “The unspoken truth about managing geeks.”

It pretty much covers where a lot of IT stereotypes come from: reactions to poor organizational treatment. A very sharp article I wish I could get more than a few managers to read.

A couple of meme’s

A vital meme about health care:

No one should die because they cannot afford healthcare. No one should go broke because they get sick, and no one should be tied to a job because of pre-existing condition. If you agree, please post this to your journal.

And a vital meme about health care:

No one should be frozen in carbonite, or be slowly digested for a thousand years in the bowels of a sarlaac, just because they couldn’t pay Jabba the Hutt protection kickbacks. If you agree, please post this to your journal.

Cool stuff!

This is a great way of illustrating many of the common problems that software developers run into on a daily basis. A wonderful read:

If Architects had to work like software developers

And this is something I’m going to try to clean up my handwriting. Retune what I learned from cursive to print quickly in italics:

Op-Art: The Write Stuff

Hey you frikking maker science geeks!

I’m sitting at the base of a 3,000 foot tall granite wall.

How strong of a laser projector would one need to play a game of pong with this as the backboard?

And how hard is it to get a laser projector that powerful?

It is accessible by car. So power can be brought in on battery or generator.

Heading towards Yosemite. Taking a week of sanity break.

Science! And pipe organs!

A hundreds-of-years-known problem in pipe organ building provides breakthrough insight into the physics of noise cancellation:

http://physicsbuzz.physicscentral.com/2009/09/surprising-physics-of-pipe-organs.html

It’s related to the same physics of why 5 metronomes, out of sequence, will synchronize when placed on a surface that reacts to motion:

Go away.

So I’m in my computing containment device this morning (the cube) and am playing Mozart’s requiem as a polite signal for people to leave me the hell alone. I wonder if it will work.

Why Mozart’s requiem? Mostly for one verse of the Dies Irae:

Confutatis maledictis, flammis accribus addictis

Depending on how flowery your Latin is, a rough translation is: “After the accursed have been silenced and given up to the bitter flames.” The music for this section, of course, is bad-ass.

I find this quote and music wholly appropriate to system administration.

IT work

I installed a new corporate firewall at work. Traffic has already been reduced.