From here , via El Reg , Plutoed:
To demote or devalue someone or something, as happened to the former planet Pluto when the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union decided Pluto no longer met its definition of a planet.
I hope none of you have felt plutoed recently…
Damn you Chris Donnan! OK, here’s my 5 things you probably don’t know about me…
1) As an 8 year old I was a member of the official ‘Masters of the Universe’ fan club.
2) Around the same time I was fascinated with road layouts and maps and was convinced I’d end up in civil engineering or cartography.
3) Finally around this time I wrote my first program. It was coded in Logo, and I think was on a Research Machines 480z. I remember being very excited about the fact it had a robotic turtle attached that would follow the commands of the program. It would be 3 years until I coded again, and I really caught the programming habit when I started secondary school at the age of 12.
4) I guess I wrote my first ‘enterprise’ application at the age of 15. It was a database-type application written in QuickBasic using flat files for storage. I remember it was big enough (~ 20000 lines) that it wouldn’t compile into a single .exe program, so even back then I was fiddling with compilers and source trees figuring out ways to build efficient dependent module schemes.
5) I was never in a band, nor have I got any famous relations. Myself and Mike Mason won a karaoke competition in our first few weeks at University though (the actual winner had left by the time the prizes were handed out…), I guess that’s the closest I’ve come to artistic superstardom.
And on that note, I tag Mike Mason, Joe Walnes, Jay Fields, Ivan Moore and Patrick Kua.
The original eXtreme Tuesday Club (XTC) is a weekly gathering of eXtreme Programming practitioners that has taken place in London for 8 years or so. It has provided a great community for like-minded software developers, managers and coaches to get together in a very informal way to discuss the ups and downs of using XP and other agile Software Development methods on a wide variety of projects in all sorts of organisations.
I got a lot out of London’s XTC when I lived there. Even though I wasn’t a ‘regular’ I still found it a great place to pop along to every now and then when I was in the mood. I miss the informality / beer / random banter that it provided so I’ve decided to kick off a similar event here in New York City. I’m not sure if the US / UK cultures are aligned enough that it will work, but you don’t know if you don’t try.
For now, XTC-NYC will be every first and third Tuesday of the month, starting on January 16th at the Heartland Brewery, Union Square. I expect the first 3 months or so will be a little bit of an inception phase (my little joke…) as we settle on a venue that works well.
For more info, and to keep track of future events, go to http://xtcnyc.blogspot.com/ .
I look forward to seeing anyone who can come on the 16th!
People keep bugging me to enable comments on my blog, so I’ve decided to give it a whirl. My biggest problem with comments has been the spam issues, but I’m going to try the Akismet plugin for wordpress and see how that goes.
If I get frustrated with moderation then I’ll disable comments, but for now let the discussion begin!
French marchers say ‘non’ to 2007
I’m glad to say that I’m not saying ‘non’ to 2007 and I wish all of you a happy and fulfilling new year.