Friday Physics Lesson

Condition: The irresistible force encounters the immovable object.

Result: Compound stationary movement.

Example in nature: The U.S. Congress

More wisdom next week,



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Wednesday Woodworking – Designing a Desk at my Desk

I have an unheated workshop so in January it’s too cold to work out there much.  Instead I’ve been indoors planning projects for the coming year.  My desk and office area are in need of an upgrade and that’s the first project I am planning.  I do my drawings using SketchUp.  I am not an expert with the software, but know enough to get a reasonable set of working plans from it.  Then I take the plans to the shop and likely will change most things as I build.  Well here it is the rough drawing for my new desk and computer station:

I need lots of shelves to hold books and junk.

Next on the project planning list is a new pantry cabinet and new shelves and cabinets for the laundry room.  Two of the cats sleep in the laundry room, so, yeah, I’m designing some new kitty beds.

If you need me, I’ll be virtually woodworking at the computer,


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Friday Wisdom – The Software Demo

When demoing new software to the company CEO, new and severe bugs will suddenly appear forcing the presenter to spend twenty minutes saying, “It didn’t do this during testing.”

This will be followed by a ten minute lecture from the CEO on the importance of quality in engineering.

More wisdom next week,


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Friday Wisdom – Software Quality

At the office I’ve doing a bit of project management as we’re short staffed at the moment (well all high tech is short staffed at the moment) and was reminded of this engineering truism:

There are three things you can have in a piece of software:

  1. It can be good.
  2. It can be fast.
  3. It can cheap.

You can only have two of the three:

  1. It can be good and fast but expensive.
  2. It can be good and cheap but not fast.
  3. It can fast and cheap but not good.

any attempt to achieve all three will result in bad, slow, and expensive software.

More wisdom next week,


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