Category: Rants

Cloud Hype Rant

Cloud Hype Rant

A few years ago, I read an excellent article in Wired magazine titled “The Thin Pill“: “FOR PATIENTS, disease puts a name to an affliction. It answers that question we all face at one time or another: What’s the matter...

Analysis Paralysis : Getting Carried Away With UML

Analysis Paralysis : Getting Carried Away With UML

UML is a useful tool, no doubt.  It’s a tool to help model complex logic in a visual manner.  It’s a language in and of itself and it can aid in communicating design ideas with exacting precision, leaving little room for...

On Healthcare: What We Can Learn From The Music Industry

On Healthcare: What We Can Learn From The Music Industry

Nathan Alderman has an interesting write up on the effect of a public option on the healthcare industry: A decade ago, the major record labels were fat and happy, making piles of cash off CD sales. They could use their...

Rental Car Diaries

Rental Car Diaries

Being a consultant means traveling from time to time (or all the time).  Since May, I’ve been traveling to Boston on a weekly basis and I’ve had a variety of cars.  Oddly enough, my favorite car has been a Hyundai;...

Thoughts From The Trenches (Giant Brain Dump Incoming!)

Thoughts From The Trenches (Giant Brain Dump Incoming!)

A random assortment of random thoughts (and rants!) from the trenches… You Know You’re In Trouble When… You have to convene three people to figure out how to create an instance of one of the core objects in your framework. ...

Automatic Properties (And Why You Should Avoid Them)

Automatic Properties (And Why You Should Avoid Them)

Ah yes, automatic properties.  Insn’t it great that you don’t have to do all of that extra typing now?  (Well, you wouldn’t be doing it anyways with ReSharper, but that’s besides the point.) For some reason, they’ve never sat well...

Why ASP.NET (webforms) Sucks.

Why ASP.NET (webforms) Sucks.

Somehow, I got into a heated discussion at work today regarding the suckitude of ASP.NET web forms development model.  As a preface, I wrote Java for four years in a college, ASP in VBScript and JScript all throughout college, ASP...

Where (Most?) Zombie Movies Go Wrong

Where (Most?) Zombie Movies Go Wrong

As I was watching Diary of the Dead last night (I don’t know why…I just have this thing for zombie movies), about half ways through the movie, it suddenly dawned upon me that none of the characters had uttered the...

Obama Says No To The Assault Weapons Ban

Obama Says No To The Assault Weapons Ban

So can we stop the bitter tears for a bit?  Just a little? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30232095 U.S. president signals he won’t seek reinstatement of assault weapons ban MEXICO CITY – Acknowledging a Mexican drug war that is “sowing chaos in our communities,”...

CharlieDigital’s Guide to “Teabaggin”

This recent phenomenon of “teabaggin” (lol) amongst conservatives has been humorous on many fronts.  But it’s gotten me thinking: are there people really this stupid?  I mean, that’s a lot of stupid.  Some of the signs I’ve seen are pretty...