Archive for June, 2007

Where the Time Goes..

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

I’ve been single for a couple of years now, and that has led me to make an observation about money.

It seems that whenever I was in a relationship, I would spend less time in front of a computer. That sounds great, but that’s my source of income. The less time I spend on the computer, the less money I will make.

Additionally, as if making less money is bad enough, I noticed that I would spend more money while in a relationship. When I’m single, I spend less time spending money (on a girlfriend) and more time making money (on the computer).

This may be an effect that other people can relate to, so I figured I would illustrate it on a Crappy Graph:

Brian Shaler - Where the Time Goes

Have you ever been asked an absurd question?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Of course you have!

Today, I’m talking (and graphing) about a specific genre of absurd question — the type that is looking for a quantitative response. I noticed a trend, recently, that the more absurd the question is, the less accurate the answer will be.

Case in point: A common absurd question asked by clients is “How long will it take to find and fix all of the bugs in the application?” Obviously, most bugs are unforeseen (or else they wouldn’t be there!!) and thus impossible to accurately estimate. This type of absurd question, if answered at all, will usually yield a very inaccurate answer.

Absurd Questions = Inaccurate Answers

Brian Shaler - Absurd Questions = Inaccurate Answers

The Red Pill or the Blue Pill

Monday, June 25th, 2007

I was working on a two-item, non-intersecting Venn diagram and noticed that the red and blue circles closely resembled a scene from The Matrix. You have the red or the blue. You cannot have both, so they do not intersect. It just fits.

Brian Shaler - Matrix, Red Pill vs Blue Pill Venn Diagram

Deadlines = Caffeine

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Brian Shaler - Deadlines = Caffeine

The Reading Capability of Middle Management

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

One of my favorite comic strips of all time, Dilbert, consistently bashes middle management personnel for not exactly being the most lubricated gears in the company clock.

Brian Shaler - Reading Capability of Middle Management