Collected Quotes November-December 2013

My main page on quotes is Quotes to Make You Think. Additional ones can be found under the Quotes tag. I am certain there is too much certainty in the world. — Michael Crichton The men who cannot laugh at themselves frighten me even more than those who laugh at everything. — Anne Perry It always seems impossible until it’s done. —… Continue reading Collected Quotes November-December 2013

2013 Reading List

By author with links to reviews where they were. DONE — Adams, Richard — Watership Down DONE — Aesop — Aesop’s Fables; a new translation DONE — Ariely, Dan — Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions DONE — Ariely, Dan — The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home DONE — Ariely, Dan — The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone–Especially Ourselves… Continue reading 2013 Reading List

Review: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck My rating: 2 of 5 stars I wanted to learn more about how to use the growth mindset. I personally tend to fall too much into the fixed mindset. Only this book fell too much into the Self-Help traps: “This is how I am. What… Continue reading Review: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Review: Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup My rating: 3 of 5 stars An autobiography about a mixed race free man kidnapped into slavery hit a little too close to home. His experience being free made acclimating to the difficult masters more challenging. More amazing me is he did not break under the weight of… Continue reading Review: Twelve Years a Slave

Counting Folders

Back in June, after a whole seven months in our system, one of our clients hit Microsoft’s limit in the max number of folders within a folder. They are on track to do it again a year later. I lost the first script I wrote to figure out which directories were affected, so I wrote… Continue reading Counting Folders

10.2 Upgrade

Later this week both of our production systems will get upgraded from Desire2Learn 9.4.1 to 10.2. This will be an epic effort. Over several days a few dozen people will work on various aspect of the databases, application servers, and testing. Good ‘ole clean IT fun just in time for Christmas. Finding the magical gap… Continue reading 10.2 Upgrade

Hands on Their Hips

Over the past couple months during football or football[1] games, I noticed announcers refer to defensive players already having hands on their hips. They mean the defensive players are already tired and out of breath, so breathing more heavily than they should. Also, the players are ready to be broken by the offensive players. So,… Continue reading Hands on Their Hips