On the first day of Christmas, a Klingon sent to me An 8 Gig USB key. On the second day of Christmas, a Goa'uld sent to me 2 ipods playing, And a brand new Nintendo Wii. On the third day of Christmas, a Vulcan sent to me 3 apps compiling, 2 ipods playing, And a copy of Windows XP. On the fourth day of Christmas, a Jaffa sent to me 4 torrents seeding, 3 apps compiling, 2 ipods playing, And "The Matrix" trilogy on DVD. On the fifth day of Christmas, an Ewok sent to me 5 iphones ringing, 4 torrents seeding, 3 apps compiling, 2 ipods playing, And a Computer Science PHD. On the sixth day of Christmas, an Ocampa sent to me 6 blogs a-posting, 5 iphones ringing, 4 torrents seeding, 3 apps compiling, 2 ipods playing, And a keyboard with a missing Tab key. On the seventh day of Christmas, a Twi'lek sent to me 7 friends a-twitting, 6 blogs a-posting, 5 iphones ringing, 4 torrents seeding, 3 apps compiling, 2 ipods playing, And a router outside of a DMZ. On the eighth day of Christmas, a Vorlon sent to me 8 desktops crashing, 7 friends a-twitting, 6 blogs a-posting, 5 iphones ringing, 4 torrents seeding, 3 apps compiling, 2 ipods playing, And Stargate Atlantis Season 3. On the ninth day of Christmas, a Gungan sent to me 9 cables tangling, 8 desktops crashing, 7 friends a-twitting, 6 blogs a-posting, 5 iphones ringing, 4 torrents seeding, 3 apps compiling, 2 ipods playing, And a biography of Pierre & Marie Curie. On the tenth day of Christmas, a Ferengi sent to me 10 WoW guilds raiding, 9 cables tangling, 8 desktops crashing, 7 friends a-twitting, 6 blogs a-posting, 5 iphones ringing, 4 torrents seeding, 3 apps compiling, 2 ipods playing, And a hosting plan with a low setup fee. On the eleventh day of Christmas, a Wookie sent to me 11 hackers scripting, 10 WoW guilds raiding, 9 cables tangling, 8 desktops crashing, 7 friends a-twitting, 6 blogs a-posting, 5 iphones ringing, 4 torrents seeding, 3 apps compiling, 2 ipods playing, And a Tetris theme song MP3. On the twelfth day of Christmas, a Jawa sent to me 12 networks lagging, 11 hackers scripting, 10 WoW guilds raiding, 9 cables tangling, 8 desktops crashing, 7 friends a-twitting, 6 blogs a-posting, 5 iphones ringing, 4 torrents seeding, 3 apps compiling, 2 ipods playing, And a 40 inch LCD TV!
My university days are not that far behind me, so before I grow fat off my software developer’s salary (fat chance! – pun intended) and forget what it was like, I though I’d write down some eminently practical advice on how to be more money conscious as a student.
None of this is going to be mind blowing stuff, I am not going to tell you how to make millions so you don’t have to worry about money. Oh alright I will, all you need to do is write the next big social media application and “wham bam thank you ma’am” you’re on easy street. For those of us back on Earth however, I’ll just try to give some tips on how you can hopefully save money and go from being perpetually out of cash to being perpetually low on it (let’s face it there is no tip I can give that will make you perpetually loaded with cash as a student, unless that social media thing works out for you). I am also going to try and make these tips fun unlike some other articles such as this one or this one, which are great but less fun.
Update: For those who believe that door hinge or syringe rhymes with orange, I have finally written a post about rhyming.
You thought that it was impossible right? Everybody knows that there aren’t any words in the English language that rhyme with orange. Well, everybody is wrong! Here is a whole list full of words that rhyme with orange perfectly. I also included the meaning of every word since you may be hard pressed to find them in the dictionary, unless I miss my guess.
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- amoreange – an orange you instantly fall in love with
- allegorange – an orange that represents abstract ideas or principles
- borange – an orange so dull you can’t even be bothered finishing it
- corange – the very essence of an orange
- commodorange – an orange that seems to be in control of a large group of other oranges
- doorange – a type of orange used to close off an entrance to a house (these typically grow very large as you might expect)
- eeyorange – Winnie-the-Pooh’s favourite type of orange
- elmorange – an orange made out of rags that is controlled by an outside party and is really annoying
I’ve been watching the first and second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation lately (yeah, yeah shut up everyone, so I like Star Trek, just get over it :)). Anyways, aside from all the happy memories of years past, watching it reminded me just how completely annoying Wesley Crusher was. Yeah, he was smart and all, but how sickeningly sweet can you possibly get?
So in one of my trademark leaps of logic I started thinking about some other characters from movies and shows that either annoyed me, made me cringe at their total sweetness or made me say “Yeah right!” at the unlikelihood of the stuff they accomplished. I came up with seven and I am thinking we could seamlessly swap these character with Wesley and both shows would hardly notice the difference.
This guy must be kidding, I hear you say. Nope he is deadly serious, that’s right, serious like a fox! Here is the list:
7. Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
He is just as smart in a completely unlikely sort of way, sure he is less annoying but he can learn, Riker and Picard will teach him. And Wesley will do fine as a turtle, the other 3 will hardly notice the difference.
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As a software developer I periodically find that I need to dabble with a bit of poetry (yes one is a consequence of the other – sort of – see my post about software developer traits for an explanation that almost makes sense). However, every time I start dabbling I find myself getting annoyed very quickly. Poetry is difficult and I don’t necessarily mean writing it, even reading it is difficult.
Well, not the actual reading part, but trying to puzzle a meaning out of the twisted phrasing, allegory and the absolutely stupendous number of hoops that people jump through to get the darned things to rhyme. And are they always successful? Well, you can be the judge, here is a “fine example” called Gap Toothed Know-It-All.
I am thinking English is just not a very flexible language, there are all these rules and regulations you have to follow, or the grammar police will eat you alive. Well, I spit in the face of the grammar police, I say, why should I adjust to English? English should be forced to adjust to my needs. We don’t need to do any major changes, but just tweak it a little bit. I’ll demonstrate with an example.
So what would you do if the large hadron collider created a black hole that was about to suck the earth in? Most people would probably loot, but where to loot first, it’s enough to give you fits? Well, this list will attempt to address this pressing issue and take the hassle out of choosing your next looting location. Without further ado, the top 10 places you should loot in the event of a large hadron collider induced quantum singularity.
10. Adult Video Store
This is probably the only day on earth where you won’t feel like a complete pervert for going in here and even if you do, who cares right? Noone will be paying any attention to you, they’ll be busy doing some looting of their own, so you can relax and watch your DVDs in peace. And who are all these people to judge you anyway, they’ll be sucked down the same black hole as you and after that happens, I’d like to see someone try and separate their self-righteous molecules from yours.
9. Local Ferrari Dealership
Ok, I have no problem with the concept, but does every man and his dog have to buy into using the acronym and especially the 2.0 suffix. Everything is 2.0 these days from the iPhone to grandmas corner cookie store (Cookies 2.0 – Dey Da Shznit).
Seriously the guy who invented the term should be roasted slowly over an open fire and just so it can be done properly, by experts, I condemn him to the deepest darkest pits of the 7th circle of hell. He’ll probably meet the guy who coined SOA there, I am sure they’ll have loads to talk about and become great friends.
What happened to the days when people coined grand and dignified terms for concepts they wanted to describe (like ‘cyberspace’ for example), the days you could look upon the acronym you’ve coined and know that it was good and would make you proud in the wild. No, now it’s all airy fairy concepts and trendy sounding punch lines, appealing to the youth market and all, makes me sick.
Software development often gets criticized for various reasons, overrunning budgets, failing to meet expectations, producing a buggy product, the list is pretty long. Inevitably when this kind of criticism is levelled at the software development profession, someone will try to compare building software to some other field, most often construction. You all know the analogy I am talking about, it often starts like this, “If we built houses the way we build software…”, and then goes on to describe in great detail how misshapen and barely functional the houses would be. Well, I’ve always had a bone to pick with that analogy, so I decided to come up with a new analogy, and I picked a completely different industry, Medicine.
Having become a lot better acquainted with the medical profession than I ever wanted to be, over the last few years, I feel that I am qualified to make this comparison :). I also decided to look at the whole thing from another perspective, rather than comparing medicine to software development, I decided to do it the other way around – here is the story I came up with.