Retweet April 2010

From time to time I just blast tweets about software development, project planning, team dynamics, or whatever else comes to mind. Here is a synopsis of recent tweets and rants. If you want to follow the conversation follow me at techknow and/or juixe and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Software Development

  • Any software feature request should be broken down to 90% thinking and 10% coding.
  • Multiple-touch is the greatest things since buttons.
  • If a developer fools you once, shame on you, because they are usually fooling themselves when it comes to giving accurate estimates.
  • Don’t take developers estimate at face value.
  • Recommend The Rubyist for the Developers Directory on Tumblr:
  • Many non-programming software users don’t understand the meaning of concatenated or null so don’t use these in labels in your UI.
  • I like to provide solutions that don’t involve complaining.
  • If Heraclitus is right and you never step in the same river twice, then you never write the same program twice.
  • Bugs keep my code humble.
  • A bug’s ingenuity is proportional to a developer’s ego and self importance.
  • Bugs like to in build nests out of spaghetti code in untested corner cases.
  • Working running code is just one corner case.
  • I use dead laptop drives as coasters.
  • My emotions are user generated.
  • I om nom nom nom on memes.
  • The interweb is my inspiration.

Team Leadership

  • When life gives you lemons, you may make lemonade. When life gives me lemons, I make myself some limoncello.
  • New motto/slogan: Don’t be a robot, unless you are 20 feet tall and can transform into a fighter jet.
  • Dream big or wake up.
  • The Law of Big Consequences: Large consequences are often the effect of making considerable decisions in a big rush.
  • Laughter is the duct tape equivalent of emotions, it can be used to patch up bad feelings or misunderstandings.
  • Manual, Error Prone, Time Consuming. Pick none!
  • When people dig their own hole they can’t get out of it by digging deeper.
  • Fight the power, and fight the hype.
  • A key skill in life is to know when to end a conversation.
  • Nothing is how you thought of it originally, it is up to you to make it better.
  • If you have time to lean, you have time to clean.

Product Placement

  • Amazon knows what books you bought for the Kindle, how often and for how long you read, can add and remove books, and read your bookmarks, notes, and highlights…
  • FaceBook, Inc = F.B.I.
  • Apple wants to design multiple-touch devices, Google wants to crawl content, Facebook wants to own your social graph and associated data.
  • Facebook is really dumbing down the web with the like button.
  • Facebook’s Open Graph is not really open. If you don’t own the platform, can look through the source, can own the data it is not open!
  • Did someone just unlocked the Foursquare Sellout Badge at Yahoo HQ!
  • I’ve had enough Lifetime movies for one lifetime.
  • The world according Ronald McDonald is made out of corn meal.
  • The McChicken nugget is the worst thing since sliced bread.
  • Peeps are the most disgusting artificial food product.


  • One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. – Bob Marley
  • I don’t like negotiating with people I can’t beat up. – Goldberg
  • We live in an amazing world and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation. – Louis C.K.
  • Beware of artists they mix with all classes of society and are therefore most dangerous. – Queen Victoria
  • He eyes are the nipples of the face. -The House Bunny

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