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Free Webcast On Agile Development

Pain Relievers for Continuous Integration and Agile Development

Date: Thursday, August 14, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern; 11:00 AM Pacific

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  • Four milestones for implementing Agile development
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Friday Song Of The Day – Viva La Vida

This is the hot new song from Coldplay’s latest album, Viva La Vida.

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sweep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemies’ eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing:
“Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!”

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman calvary choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
Once you know there was never
Never an honest word
That was when I ruled the world

It was a wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn’t believe what I’d become

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh, who would ever wanna be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman calvary choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know St. Peter won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

Ohh…

Hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman calvary choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know St. Peter won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

Ooh…

Quoted from LyricWiki.org

Here is the premier live performance by Coldplay at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards.

* Click through to the site if you cannot see the video

Friday Song Of The Day – Say

This Friday Song Of The Day is Say from John Mayer.

Take all of your wasted honor
Every little past frustration
Take all of your so-called problems
Better put ‘em in quotations

Say what you need to say (x8)

Walking like a one-man army
Fighting with the shadows in your head
Living out the same old moment
Knowing you’d be better off instead
If you could only

Say what you need to say (x8)

Have no fear for giving in
Have no fear for giving over
You better know that in the end
It’s better to say too much
Than never say what you need to say

Even if your hands are shaking
And your faith is broken
Even as the eyes are closing
Do it with a heart wide open

Say what you need to say (repeat to fade)

Quoted from LyricWiki.org

Here is the music video. Click through to the site if you cannot see the video.

ReiserFS: File System or X-Files?

Hans Reiser
A brilliant but irascible coder. A missing wife. Incriminating drops of blood. And a host of unanswered questions. How a Linux geek got accused of murder.

As a Linux user I’ve used the ReiserFS for some time on some of my installations. It’s interesting how you use certain things in your life and never stop to think if there is a story behind that piece of code, or software or technology. I read this very interesting article in Wired Magazine and was shocked at the strange lifestyle and thoughts of the creator of this file system. It’s also interesting to read about all of the circumstances that lead to this Linux geek being accused of murdering his wife.

Here is the original article if you want to go give it a read for yourself: Hans Reiser: Once a Linux Visionary, Now Accused of Murder.

Your Good Deeds Are A Used Tampon

That’s an odd quote to hear from the pulpit of your church on a Sunday morning. Kind of graphic, but it gets the point across. I decided to look it up a bit myself. The passage being referred to is in Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Oh, by the way, I’m referring to the Holy Bible… the one us crazy Christian folk read, just in case you’re just tuning in. If this bothers you then you are waaaay too sensitive. Try reading my post on eating babies. Well, we do! We eat baby cows. It’s called veal. At least I do.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes… Tampons. I decided to verify the quote made from stage and lookup the meaning of the text from the passage and indeed that is the original meaning. Not actually tampons, but menstrual rags or clothes. Here’s a link to the Strong’s Concordance lookup. See for yourself.

The chapter starts out talking about how awesome and glorious God is. It talks about how God acts on behalf of those who remember His ways and those who gladly do right. It then reveals the reality of the human condition. We tried to do it our way, but we failed. We continued to sin against God’s ways and He became angry. It then talks about our righteousnesses being like filthy rags.

Take the absolute best person on Earth and he will fail. Nobody is perfect. Compare anyone’s righteousness with God’s perfection and it looks and smells like… well… a used tampon.

There you have it.