Monthly Archives: June 2008

220 MPH at Texas Motor Speedway

Bubba and I got a guys day out yesterday, and drove up to Texas Motor Speedway to watch the Bombardier 550 IndyCar race. We had a great time. Uzzman came along for the ride and documented the event photographically, I look forward to seeing his pics. The highlight of the day for us may have been Robbie Knievel performing the Texas Hummer Jump, jumping 21 Hummers to the amazement of my son. After the race we were able to go down into the garage area and see the teams cleaning up and working on their cars.

The Scream

Valentio Rossi’s new helmet a scream – Autoblog

Song of the Moment: Saul Williams — List of Demands (Reparations)

“I got a list of demands written on the palm of my hands.
I ball my fist and you’re gonna know where I stand.”

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A Pattern Language; 208 Gradual Stiffening


My work often involves designing, or redesigning business or IT systems.  One of my pet peeves during the design and implementation is optimizing to early.  It has been my experience that until the process has revealed itself to you through familiarity and repetitive use optimizing is pointless, you simply don’t know enough to know *what* to optimize.  I learned an expression after moving to Texas, “Picking flyshit out of pepper” which is often what you wind up doing.  This entry from A Pattern Language (one of my favorite books of to return to to prompt thought) seems to be an expression of the same idea.  Don’t spend to much time strengthening things and setting them in stone until you know they are where you want them.

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