Artistic madness, Hoodies, taxis and babies

Sorry I am back.

Architects are a funny lot, you think you know them and then they do something really weird like have an ‘artistic madness’ episode. You may remember our very own Tony Pavoas, Adam Ant’s number 1 fan, had a little episode the other week and drew some random scribble on the wall that he maintained was deep technical insight mixed with artistic genius. Well this particular affliction has spread to the EA team! The avuncular Mr McMahon turned up to a workshop the other day on Continuous Delivery and I thought everything was going really well until I noticed he appeared to be swaying and had a bottle of Scotland’s favourite wine based aperitif in his jacket pocket. After a couple of hours of him sitting there looking at Dr Evil in a confused manner he leapt up pushed Dr Evil over and drew the following on the wall exclaiming loudly as he did it that he was an artistic genius.

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When be produced a knife and attempted to cut off his ear we asked him to leave.

Hoodies! Who wears hoodies? You normally expect this garment to be the preserve of younger members of the underclass. I believe you call them NEDS north of the wall. However, I can exclusively reveal that our very own Mr Tucker has started to wear one. Look at pictures below and see if you can spot him.

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Did you see him talking to Tony P?  I believe, from the expression on Tony’s face, he was talking about the joys of looting and techniques for standing around in grim shopping centres looking menacing.

Next week I will be in India, which I am looking forward to apart from the taxi journey from the airport on account of the insane driving. I have written about this in the past and I am sure I will do so again but in the interests of fairness I thought I would share this picture of a taxi outside EHQ. I don’t know what happened but I suspect speed was involved.

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Iain MacLeod of Clan MacLeod, Isle of Skye branch has been introducing more people to the world. Looking at him you wouldn’t have thought he had it in him but clearly he does. I think this is number 2 or 7, I forget. Anyway little Isla (pronounced Izla) arrived last week and all are well. The denizens of Skye are delighted as their population has just increased by 25%.

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Ivan Zero Defects corner.

No wonder mobile testing is a hot topic! Our small stash of android devices for wallet testing is looking slim..
http://gizmodo.com/what-android-fragmentation-looks-like-its-growing-1624662310
(I was also sent the above article by Steve McNally, so clearly it resonates with a number of the team)

How not to introduce testers into an agile team, I have been there and everybody fails. No Done-Done-Done teams please!
http://testobsessed.com/2006/11/agile-or-mini-waterfall/
Do we have furniture police in TB?
http://itsadeliverything.com/no-walls-what-to-do-when-youve-no-walls-for-your-informative-workspace
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Mia made me aware of the following.

Edinburgh Apps Event http://www.edinburghapps.net/. It includes a competition and hack days to see what people can do with open data. It’s organised by Edinburgh Council and supported by the Edinburgh Uni School of Informatics, so I imagine it’ll be a good one.

Great free presentation at the BCS in Edinburgh on Wednesday 3rd September. Rules for Revolutionary Performance. Get registered, I think I will go.

http://www.edinburgh.bcs.org/events/2014/140903.htm

A quote from the article below “we’ve come to realize that tablets are not PC replacements”. Do you agree?

http://qz.com/250794/why-apple-sweet-spot-ipads-and-macbook-laptops-together/

Some good points on getting customers to use your products

http://thenextweb.com/dd/2014/08/01/setting-stage-killer-user-onboarding-starts-story/

For all you software developers out there, some practical tips. Do let me know if they work.

http://erniepark.com/software/2014/08/20/10-practical-software-engineer-tips

This is a great new map from Spotify. It shows the location of people over a period of 1 hour who played the same song at the same time. You could waste quite a lot of time looking at it…

https://www.spotify.com/us/arts/serendipity/

Test driven business

http://oanasagile.blogspot.fr/2012/11/test-driven-business-featuring-lean.html

Have a great weekend everybody.

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