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…


I've been blogtagged

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.

Announcing the eXtreme Tuesday Club, New York Edition

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 .

I look forward to seeing anyone who can come on the 16th!

Trying comments

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!