Is a “Fail Fast” methodology a good idea for new projects?

Posted on 02/16/2014 in Business, Project Management, Technology

The whole idea of having a “fail-fast” philosophy for new projects is problematic in a lot of ways. Here’s the deal: “Fail Fast” is a strategy that only works for about half of the people out there who might be working on a project.

Imagine you were totally omniscient, and could split your developers into two teams based on their character traits and working styles.

Let’s call these two teams  Team Burny-Ouchy and Team Cassandra.

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Parkinson’s Disease and the Flu

Posted on 10/25/2013 in Medicine, Science

Here’s a reason you might not have thought of to get your flu shot this year – it might protect you from getting Parkinson’s Disease.

I’ve been saying since about 2007 that most late-life diseases can be pinned down on specific combinations of genetic susceptibility + external factors (in most cases, viruses). One of these was Parkinson’s disease, which looked like it was caused by Influenza.

Well, I missed it at the time, but this study came out in 2011: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3105060/

Next prediction: A surprisingly large number of cases of dental caries are caused by human herpes viruses 1 through 4. I expect this one to be confirmed some time around 2018.

Apple Futures

Posted on 09/12/2013 in Technology

Place your bets please. Here’s mine:

Apple’s new, as-yet unannounced HUGE big feature for next year is iOS 5S devices will be able to utilize something they’ll call “microGPS” or “personal navigation”, to allow you to navigate through malls and office buildings. You heard it here first.

(This is Free Radio Cassandra, signing off. Tomorrow’s weather will be unexpectedly sunny).

This morning on Family Feud

Posted on 08/12/2013 in Humor

This morning on Family Feud there was a tie-breaker. To break it, they asked “Name something that people might have on their face that they wish other people wouldn’t see”
Darci: “A pimple!”
Me: “A tarantula!” “Their mistress!”