Opening the Den

Well, I was curious what this whole “Pages” business was under wordpress. Looks like a way to store content that is designed to be a bit more static than a regular blog. I’ve set up a small page to test it out and set up an updated version of the “Albums to listen to before you die” list.  I’ll track my progress on there as I try to listen to them all.

Feel free to pick up the meme and send me your three favorites – i’ll add them to my list as well 🙂

If you missed the meme the first time round, read about it here

So ends another uneventful wednesday.  Bring on the Glass House!

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Albums to Listen to before you Die

If you were reading my blog some time ago you'll remember I stumbled across this meme. Albums to listen to before you die. Interested, I picked it up and added my picks to the list but couldn't just leave it there – I decided to go out of my way to try and listen to some of these albums.  I'll record my thoughts – as well as the list itself – here.

 The List – Items marked bold show albums i've managed to listen to. If you look up the original list in the blog archive, you can see i've come a fair way.

  • Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
  • London Calling – The Clash
  • Blood Sugar Sex Magik – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Think Tank – Blur
  • This is Hardcore – Pulp
  • Moon Safari – Air
  • Elastica – Elastica
  • Never Mind the Bollocks Here?s the Sex Pistols – Sex Pistols
  • OK Computer – Radiohead
  • The Kiss of Morning – Graham Coxon
  • Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars – David Bowie
  • The Wall – Pink Floyd
  • Setting Sons – The Jam
  • America Beauty – The Grateful Dead
  • Toxicity – System of a Down
  • Train a Comin? – Steve Earle
  • Folksinger – Phranc
  • Come From the Shadows – Joan Baez
  • Bat out of Hell – Meatloaf
  • The River – Bruce Springsteen
  • The Very Best of Joan Armatrading – Joan Armatrading
  • Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
  • Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
  • Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
  • Outside – David Bowie
  • Passionoia – Black Box Recorder
  • Version 2.0 – Garbage
  • Too Young To Die (Greatest Hits) – St. Etienne
  • The Complete Recordings – Robert Johnson
  • Absolution – Muse
  • Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
  • The Soft Bulletin – The Flaming Lips
  • Queens of the stone age – Songs for the Deaf
  • Ryan Adams – Heatbreaker
  • Blood On The Tracks – Bob Dylan
  • Midnight Marauders – Tribe Called Quest
  • Tommy – The Who

My three

  • Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death – The Dead Kennedys
  • The Celts – Enya
  • Predator – Ice Cube

The Den

Well isn't this a funny thing though. Multiple pages on a blog.

 It looks like these are areas for more static content than your average roller-coaster madness blogs.  Sort of like the personal homepages of the mid 90's I guess.  I had a few of those too.

 So, this page is the den.  I'll try to keep it a little less… insane… than the main blog.  Also, i'll post some fun content from time to time as I find it. Consider it my part in this endlessly redundant archive experiment we call the internet.

Bubbles

I don’t have anything to say about this but I can’t let it go unremarked either.

Women are strange.  The one that Minion is marrying has discovered a hithertoo unremarked fetish for bubbles.  Lovely.

Although, having cannons at a wedding is cool. Even if they only shoot bubbles.  Mmmm cannons.

Adam Cogan on Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS)

Things have been a little tech-dry around here lately.  Thats because i’ve been so -booooored-. Don’t get me wrong, its not like there isn’t plenty of work to do, its just not really interesting enough to write about.  I’ve developed a system that draws documents out of a Trim document repository and ftp’s it to various places depending on what sort of document they are. Then, web frontends at those various places can make those documents and their metadata (stored in a sql database) available to external users.  Also, its all audited and every operation recorded in databases.

Complex, sure. Interesting? A bit.  To you guys? Not unless you use Trim Context and plan to access it programmatically. From the lack of useable information on google about programming for Trim, its not that interesting to a whole lot of people, arn’t a lot of requests for info out there.

Of course, there may be 3 or 4 people in the world suffering similar problems.  If so, dont hesitate to email or leave a comment and i’ll help you out however I can.  There are a few sneaky undocumented tricks I had to get from the developers – maybe i’ll post them later.

In anycase, finally something interesting has come along to spark my interest in the whole .Net 2.0 migration problem. I will admit that waiting for my various bosses to get around to approving the migration etc etc ad infinitum is getting a bit tedious so i’ve pretty much parked it by the side of the road and forgotten about it.

In anycase Adam Cogan, a great guy who is a “Microsoft Regional Director” and a big man in SSW – one of Sydney’s leading .Net providers, came down to the Hobart .Net Users group to give a talk about the team foundation studio portions of the new Visual Studio – in particular the work item and bug tracking portions of it.  Now I wont sum up his entire talk, but he was a facinating speaker who was able to talk at length about many topics and some of which were actually related to the talk he was giving. 😉

What excites me the most about Team Foundation Studio is the sheer amount of customisation that is possible. All the dll’s are available to developers to use so you can access the functions that edit and save work items and so integrate custom programs into your bug tracking/work item system.  Also even the entire gui is available through dll’s – so its possible with two code calls to provide the entire work-item entry page to the user from a custom office component or custom development application.

This will come in particularly handy I feel when the powers that be decide its time to implement their nice shiny ITIL compliant helpdesk system – which they will no doubt do just as i’ve gotten our work item process set up nicely.  Hopefully, if the helpdesk software is also extensible (not a given) i’ll be able to integrate the two and make them play nice.  That would be lovely.

What is more likely is one day i’ll snap and you’ll find me throwing ITIL sticker-covered stones at cars while wearing a dirty loincloth and dreadlocked chest hair, screaming at the top of my scarred and battered lungs.

Adam Cogan was fun and I enjoyed my first sojourn into the Hobart .Net Users group.  There were an awful lot of suits there for a programmers group – I could see my managers itching. They’d worn casual to fit in and discovered that scruffy programmers are apparently in the minority in Tassie these days – at least in the .Net space.

Personally I don’t know how you can program with a rope around your neck. Reminds me too much of my convict ancestors.  And knives. And dirty loin cloths.

But enough of that.  Go and visit Adam Cogan’s website!  It may look a bit corporate, but in the ‘Rules’ section is a few really good articles. Whilst I normally disapprove of people spouting “Rules” like they are the One True Rulemaker and about as fantatical as believers in the One True Faith or perhaps the One True Ring, these articles are quite good regardless.

Go and read them. I command it. Or maybe, just maybe when I finally crack you’ll find me outside your bedroom window. Singing Joe Strummer songs. Off-key. In a loin cloth. You’ve been warned.