The List (I’m back bitch)

That’s right, the blog that shudders at the thought of conformity is back and ready to take aim on, well, everything. My enforced absence from the blogosphere lasted only about a month, but lots of stuff sparked my interest in this time and so I ended up working on several posts simultaneously and so without further ado, I bring you “The List”. “What’s the list?” I hear you ask, well I’ll just starting counting things off of it and I’ll let you figure it out.

  1. You know those adverts for HD content on Sky, one has Wayne Rooney in, well if you don’t have a Sky HD box then you haven’t seen it in HD. And yes fuckwit, even if you’ve got an HD tele, that means you.
  2. Between the Lord’s selling their votes to the highest bidder, through the complete ineptitude of the Speaker and on to the MPs greedily playing the expenses system for everything they can get. You all suck and you all have to go. And before anyone suggests that a General Election should be postponed until after the investigation into expenses has been concluded, I’d like to add that even if an election is called tomorrow an investigation should still be performed and anyone found to have stolen money from the tax payer should be prosecuted, regardless of whether they have paid the money back. Floating duck island my arse. None of you are sorry for what you did, you’re just sorry you got caught.
  3. I know she’s covered by the previous item, but she needs a special mention. Did anyone really need any additional reasons to dislike Hazel Blears? Can everyone say tax fraud?
  4. I’ve been on a bit of a binge recently, I’ve been consuming books about software development, and in particular C++ software development, at quite a rate and Scott Meyers’ books were recommended by quite a collection of people (a hashmap?). A lot of what I’ve read so far makes perfect sense; I’ve come across lots of items that have made me cringe when thinking about my own code and plan to do some serious refactoring because of this, but two things (so far) have struck me as really wrong: variables with names like ‘a’ (sure you can get away with ‘i’ or ‘it’ in a loop, but how does naming a variable ‘a’ help anybody) and splitting the contents of header files into two separate header files, one for declarations and one for definitions (just no). Expect further posts on this subject.
  5. Did you see last weeks edition of Click, it was a Windows 7 special? First came the Super Bar, then came the new improved Live Search and finally multitouch, or the Dock, Spotlight and erm, multitouch as they are known to OS X users. So not that ground breaking then, especially as the only laptop that the BBC could find that supported multitouch was a Mac. You just know that these features won’t work as well in Windows 7 as they do in OS X and for that reason Windows 7 is on/in the list, well that and the stupid Window shaking thing – see what happens when Micro$oft try to think like Apple.
  6. I tried to find out how my attempts to repay my student loan were going this week, but unfortunately they only have records for up to March 2008. Fine, Focus RS it is then.
  7. E Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Denver Nuggets, decided that his team wasn’t going to do it in the playoffs and so booked the WWE to perform in his arena this past Monday night. Unfortunately for Enos, the Nuggets did make it to the playoffs. Uh oh, double booking. No biggie, just turf the WWE out, to hell with the fans. Douchebag (great word).

Like I said, I’m back.

2 thoughts on “The List (I’m back bitch)

  1. Welcome back.

    1. At last, a reason not to want Sky HD, in fact, I think Wayne Rooney would look better in Black and White, or maybe on the Radio.

    2. Did anyone trust politicians before the expenses scandal? There’s always something sleazy happening involving them. They can’t all be bad people, so they must be a product of a flawed system.

    3. You’re right.

    4. Do any of your books explain when C++ is the best language to use? In some languages (answers on a postcard), it is perfectly reasonable to have variables like ‘a’, because the code around it is so darned short there is no confusion. It takes so many lines of code to do anything useful in C++, that you can quickly loose track if you have badly named variables. As for header files… maybe it’s better to use a language that doesn’t have them?

    5. Thankfully, Spencer Kelly did point out that many of the new features of Windows 7 have been available to Mac users for years.

    6 & 7 No useful comments (but since when did that stop me?)

  2. @Chris:

    2. Human beings, by and large, suck. The politicians saw an opportunity and took it, they knew that what they were doing wasn’t right, but they didn’t care; don’t make excuses for them by blaming the system!

    4. The choice of which language to use is not down to me in this instance, however, given that C++ has been selected as the weapon of choice (literally a weapon if you help make deathbots), I would expect everyone I work with to make the best of it.

    My reason for reading Scott Meyers’ books was to learn about the not so obvious things that I can do to help myself (and my colleagues), doubling the number of header files in the codebase and using non-obvious variable names doesn’t seem like it is going to help me any.

    5. In fact he only mentioned Mac users when talking about the Super Bar, he made no such allusion when discussing multi-touch, Live Search, or any of the other features xeroxed from Apple’s play book. The piece was decidedly biased in that he could have mentioned that these features have been available to users of OS X for a considerable period of time and could have named the MacBook as the laptop that supported multi-touch, he decided not to.

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