Play It Forward

Lately I’ve been working with the Public Knowledge Project’s Open Journals System software.  It’s a versatile and powerful tool, but I don’t think anyone would use “intuitive” as an adjective to describe it.

The good news is that the PKP has created a series of training videos on OJS.  It’s over two hours of training, freely available on YouTube.  That’s a pretty awesome thing, if you ask me.

The only way to make it better would have been to put them in sequence in a YouTube playlist, for easier sequential viewing.

So that’s what I did.  Cheers!

Why Developers Hate Project Managers

( an excerpt from my book in progress, ” . . . And Your IT Smells Funny!” )

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But when “Testing Day” came, something odd happened.

The scenario script called for the testers to use features that were never mentioned in the requirements document . . . and if they were never in the requirements document then they never could have been turned into code.  When I raised this point, “Allison” explained that the night before she had been brainstorming about features she thought our application ought to have had, and added them to the test.

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The House of Cards Drinking Game (Unofficial)

“There are two kinds of pain . . . the sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain.”

(This would be about the latter kind of pain, in case you are wondering.)

The rules are simple enough. Drink whenever:

  • Frank Underwood “breaks the fourth wall/talks to the audience”
    [ 1 oz. shot – Blanton’s bourbon ] 
  • Claire Underwood goes running
    [ 1 oz. shot – Blanton’s bourbon ] 
  • an explicit sex act is shown
    [ drink one Whiskey Sour ] 
  • Someone gets murdered
    [ smash the bottle and suck on a Maraschino Cherry stem for the rest of the night. ] 
  • You watch an entire episode w/o the “Loading, please wait . . . ” message interrupting.
    [ switch to heroin. (just kidding!) ]