April 14th, 2009


A little more about amazonfail

My previous two posts were a little sloppy-- I need to watch it if I get that caught up in a conflict again. Getting angry or giddy doesn't mean epistomology 101 no longer applies.

I think one of the things driving the technical problems was a sub-cultural mismatch. Some people think it's the right thing to use blunt language about sex and other people think it's equally obligatory to use euphemisms. The latter group still has a good bit of social dominance.

Pas de Deux, Pas de Seul et Un Quart

Unfortunately, I can't embed this version of Afternoon of a Faun, danced by Jacques d'Amboise and Tanaquil LeClercq, but it's wonderful. He's got the big name, but she's got an absolute physical assurance I don't think I've ever seen before. He dances it as though he's awed by her, and he's absolutely right. There's a bit about two thirds of the way through where it seems as though the assurance rubs off on him, but it doesn't last.

I got the link and a little review from livinglaurel.

The funny thing is, that after seeing the Numa Numa en Pointe ballerina (Ursula Martinez) dance some Nutcracker, I've been wanting to see some more equal pas de deux, but I forgot to research it. The inefficient research method of just reading my friends list paid off, though.

Martinez is really good-- her Numa Numa is absolute physical comedic genius, and her Nutcracker is a mind running a body with phenomenal verve and precision, but the pas de deux is set up to show her off. The man is dressed like the ballet version of a ninja, and he isn't lit unless it's an unavoidable result of them being next to each other.

So, here's Jacques d'Amboise and Melissa Hayden doing a genuine pas de deux from the Nutcracker. They look so happy to be with each other.

Hire one tester for every two programmers

Top Five (Wrong) Reasons You Don't Have Testers
Besides, the whole point of letting "your customers" do the testing is that they find the bugs, and you fix them. Unfortunately, neither Netscape, nor any other company on earth, has the manpower to sift through bug reports from 2,000,000 customers and decide what's really important. When I reported bugs in Netscape 2.0, the bug reporting website repeatedly crashed and simply did not let me report a bug (which, of course, would have gone into a black hole anyway).

Link from KeithS at Making Light.