saw the dark knight last evening. great movie. after all this hype on the internets i was expecting much more from the joker. there should be a movie following a vigilante of his caliber going around doing evil deeds. hated how surveillance question popped up and how joker was called terrorist.
“Yet the vendors themselves are stuck in the approaches and techniques of yesteryear - old wine in new bottles, while they have nearly always worked to actively dissuade adoption of alternatives to their approach, or even destroy those who support new alternatives. Technology debates and standards bodies become proxy wars for market competition, and progress in the technology debates and standards is often more about fixing the political situation, not the actual technology itself. How is an IT department supposed to know any better if industry leaders aren’t raising the bar for them?”—Can technology progress? - Stu says stuff
“So - please let’s not repeat the mistake of looking into the car industry. It was wrong in 1968, it was wrong in 1990 and it is wrong in 2008.
Look into modern, hyper-productive, hyper-flexible, high quality delivery organizations:
Hospitals, Theaters, Movie Industry and and and - But not into the manufacturing business.”—Lean, Lean, Lean — Lean is dead — I cannot bear it any longer! « Scrum 4 You
“Effective reading is not measured by how fast you can vacuum words off a page. It’s measured by how well you integrate new ideas into existing conceptual frameworks, and how you use those ideas to do things you haven’t done before.”—How to Read a Book
“An interview with Enrique Peñalosa, the much in demand urban theorist and former mayor of Bogotá, perhaps sums up shopping malls best in the current issue of Monocle with the line: “when malls become a meeting place, it’s a sign that a city is sick.”—FT.com | Band-Aids won’t save Britain
“This is, of course, all bullshit. There is nothing benevolent about free markets, they are a natural force, like gravity, and aren’t magical, good, or evil. The free market will maximize efficiency and it will do so in a manner that is blind to externalities. Externalities are those costs that aren’t factored into the market. For example, the operation of a fossil-fueled industrial economy has the externality of altering the amount of atmospheric carbon-dioxide. Global warming is an externality. So are dead people.”—Joe Gregorio | BitWorking | The Free Market Fairy
“ The result, pretty soon into that process, will be social breakdown and political upheaval. Every tattoo freak out there who has been prepping for his own starring role in some kind of comic book armageddon will finally get his chance to shine. Lots of people will get hurt and starve. Property will change hands in a disorderly way. And at the end of this process an American corn-pone Hitler may be waiting to set everything and everyone straight.”—Clusterfuck Nation by Jim Kunstler : Event Horizon
“Painful as it is, Americans had better get a new “Dream” and fast. It better be a dream based on the way the universe actually works, which is to say an operating procedure run on earnest effort and truthfulness rather than merely trying to get something for nothing and wishing on stars. We might begin symbolically by evacuating Las Vegas and calling in an air strike on the loathsome place — to register our new reality-based attitude adjustment.”—Clusterfuck Nation by Jim Kunstler : Event Horizon
“Actually, maybe Icahn is becoming more web-savvy than we’ve given him credit for. On his web page Icahn teases readers that he will be giving more of his tangy views about Yahoo! shortly: “If you wish to be informed I invite you to subscribe. Stay tuned.”—
strange guy this carl icahn is. only today i found out that he is involved in microsoft yahoo debacle. last time i was interested in his persona was during oracle takeover of bea. which went through against my symphaty…
“Individually it’s fun to keep rewriting web frameworks, content management systems, enterprise middleware, build systems, interface definition languages, AtomPub servers, and so on. At a macro-economic level it’s a waste of electricity and natural resources - that might come to be seen as unethical”—Bill de hÓra: Free as in electricity
“The Battle of Karánsebes was an early episode in the Austro-Turkish War of 1787-1791. Different portions of an Austrian army which was scouting for forces of the Ottoman Empire fired on each other by mistake, in a self-inflicted disaster. The battle took place on the evening of 17 September 1788.”—
“Whatever SOA is, if you think you’ve implemented it, adopted it or deployed it, you’re wrong. In fact you don’t even have a clue about what SOA is. Just ask a consultant or an analyst firm – they will be quite happy to bill you tell you how wrong you are about SOA and why you haven’t properly implemented it / adopted it / deployed it / whatever.”—Loosely Coupled Thinking : Moving the SOA Goalposts
“The distinctive slotted “shutter shades,” worn by Mr. West during live performances and in the music video for his single “Stronger,” are a relic from a place far more terrifying than the Gaza Strip: the 1980s.”—Patrick Cassels: Internet Enthusiast