Month: January 2024

  • Messed-Up App of the Day: High School Event Tickets

    Messed-Up App of the Day: High School Event Tickets

    A couple years ago, watching my daughter play volleyball cost $4. You needed cash to get in. You’d get a smile and maybe even a hug if you brought four one-dollar bills. Those were always in short supply because most people paid with a five, a ten, or a twenty. Now, cash doesn’t work anymore.…

  • My “Museum-Quality Aviation Replicas” Hobby

    My “Museum-Quality Aviation Replicas” Hobby

    I started building plastic model airplanes when I was five years old. The first model I ever built was a little Ju-88 or something like it, that my Mom bought for me at the Foss Drug store in Golden, Colorado. I can remember cutting the parts off the sprues, probably with fingernail clippers, and glueing…

  • The Origins of Method R

    The Origins of Method R

    This thing called “Method R” is a method for optimizing the performance of a system. The reason Method R is special is that it is itself optimized—it is designed to keep you from wasting your time. This article is about where Method R came from. In the Beginning… In the 1990s, the world was a boomtown for Oracle.…

  • Messed-Up App of the Day: Embedded Toilet

    Messed-Up App of the Day: Embedded Toilet

    I apologize. I know the photo is unsavory, but this toilet—this one in particular—has a lesson to teach us. Look real closely at the lid. Not the seat lid, but the tank lid, there at the top. That lid. Is caulked. To the wall. Not only that, it is cut into the wall. The caulk…