Measure, then act

Dan, a co-worker from Automattic wrote this in a p2 post today:

Measure, then act. Almost every major decision we made was in response to real-world data. Often we would be surprised and have our expectations challenged, both in terms of what was NOT possible, but also what WAS possible.

It reminds me of the old saying, “Measure twice, cut once”, and in software development, the more we measure, the more we discover.

Best of #wcme15 Tweets

WordCamp Maine blasted off today, and it has been quite fun. MECA has been a wonderful host and has provided a backdrop of weird and wonderful art. Otto provided some yummy pizza. And Mendal taught me about the Periscope app. Before I head off to the after party, here is a list of some of my favorite tweets:

ClickVentures are better than videogames

I don’t care what console you play, you will love the drama, the comedy, the sheer inventiveness of the ClickVenture. It’s like Zork, but with honest-to-goodness spit takes. It’s fucking funny, ok?

Here’s all of ’em:

The latest is a spy adventure, and it is both hilarious and infuriating. Let me know if you can “win” it. Please. Comment or email me if you figure that shit out. Other exciting escapades include surviving the first day of high school, and a harrowing sleepover at Brynna’s house.


Ferris Bueller, a hacker ahead of his time

Today, I’m taking  a break from battling software bugs so that my immune system can battle a fierce flu bug. I haven’t eaten anything all day because food makes my stomach burn. I’m overly hot one moment, and overly cold the next. Every muscle aches. I’m hoping a good night sleep cures it.

In my weakened condition, I started thinking about 80’s movie chararcter Ferris Bueller, and how he got his fabled day off by hacking into his highschool’s database from a home computer. The movie was released in 1986, and I wasn’t really using computers at the time. I was just six years old.

I don’t know about you, but I call bullshit! There’s no way Bueller’s highschool was storing records in a database that was accessible via the internet. Gopher servers first made their appearance in schools in 1992. I’d appreciate it if someone with a strong knowledge of computer history could weigh in.

Today I'm Cameron. Not faking it. "Let my Cameron go!" Drawing by samdrawsalot
Today I’m Cameron. Not faking it. “Let my Cameron go!”
Drawing by samdrawsalot

Playing PacMan on the streets of Ferry Village

The Google Maps Pac-man prank is one of my favorite April Fool’s gags of all time. Not only do you get to play Pac-man, but it is super fun to search through familiar places to find the perfect level.

Check out this level from Ferry Village in South Portland, Maine.

It is a fairly challenging and fun level. Have fun!

If you find any difficult levels, please reply.

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