Archive for September, 2006

Ayuda Pujai

Celebrated Ayuda pujai in office. My main reason being to escape from the curse of eternal debugging which might be bestowed on me if miss the pujai!

Wise cracks

Read Steve Magurie’s wise cracks

Cultural divide

To me it is clear that there is clear cultural divide between hindi and tamil film music. It is real surprise to see no one felt the imapct of Illayaraja’s music and background score in RGV latest movie Shiva. No reviews, no promos in music channel, no mention of music and bgm by the élite reviewers either television or in newspaper.

Why is it majority of people (other than south indians) find it difficult to appreciate his music and back ground score. When songs which are at nadir gets played forever and hyped to un imaginable extent, why is no one speaking about Illayaraja’s music ?

Design goof ups

I initially though of posting this in my other blog Humble Programmer, but then realised that it will be apt to post here for humour content.

More these beauties can be found here at the hall of shame

More wise cracks

Extracts from Steve magurie’s Writing Solid Code.

Bugs

  • You don not save time by fixing bugs late in the product cycle. In fact you lose time because it is often harder to fix bugs in the code you wrote a year ago than in the code you wrote days ago.
  • Fixing bugs “as you go” provide damage control because the earlier you learn of your mistakes, the less likely you are to repeat the mistakes
  • Bugs are form of negative feedback that keeps tast but sloppy programmers in check.If you do not allow programmers to work on new feature untill they have fixed all their bugs, you prevent sloppy programmers from spreading half implemented features throughout the product. They are busy fixing bugs, if you allow programmers to ignore their bugs, you loose that regulation
  • By keeping the bug count near zero, you have a much easier time predicting when you will finish the product. Instead of trying to guess how long it will take to finish how long it will take to finish the features. Even better you are often in a position to drop the unfinished feature and ship what you have.

How to be on track

Read post on how to be on track

Piraha

Some interesting points about the piraha people and their language

  • They have no myth.
  • They do not have a story to explain their existence
  • They have no number concepts
  • They have no name for colours
  • They have no notion of time, use lunar phases and dry and wet season to represent passage of time
  • They live entirely in the moment
  • They have no creative story telling
  • They have no oral history beyond two generation
  • They have no art except the crude line drawings
  • They are least materialistic people
  • Only the simplest kinship system.
  • They live aling 300 km streach of Maici river in the south west of Brazil’s amazonas state
  • There are around 350 in number
  • Piraha is a simple language with only seven consonants and three vowels.

Piraha at wikipedia


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