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Archive for November 2008

Better than the book

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I’ve been hearing that the Twilight movie is probably better than the book it’s based on.  Given that the book is reputed to have a cute story with too many corny details, I can see how an adaptation could filter out the corniness and stick to the good parts.  Every once in a while, the movie version ends up far superior.  On the other hand, I fail to recall enough examples to fill out a top ten list…

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Written by eswald

20 Nov 2008 at 10:35 am

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Support Staff

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As a programmer, I find it easy to get annoyed by the constant requests for timesheets.  They don’t really mean anything, and there is no good way to fill them out accurately.  However, when the same department is suddenly in charge of turning the water back on, it’s much easier to appreciate the work that you never see.

Part of that reminded me of question 4.5 in the Manager FAQ.  Several of its other questions offer helpful reminders, too.

Written by eswald

17 Nov 2008 at 1:15 pm

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My votes 2008

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I hadn’t ever voted before this year, mostly due to lack of an opinion on the issues, which itself was probably from sheer laziness.  This year, however, I have been noticing some political discussion among programmers and co-workers, so I feel a bit more informed.  On top of that, I learned how to apply for an absentee ballot, which turns the process into an open-book test.

I just filled it out, and decided to record my votes here.  I’m all for private voting as a means to avoid public pressure on an individual to follow the masses despite personal reservations, but I personally don’t feel such pressure.  I will, however, accept reasonable criticism to teach me how to vote better in the future.

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Written by eswald

1 Nov 2008 at 3:28 pm

Posted in Politics