Where Are The Wise Men?

Mike's Ramblings


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I sneaked out of bed at about 4:40am this morning. I tried the backyard first, but we had too many trees in the way. I ended up walking a block or so to the main street where there was less tree cover. I tried to take a picture, but my camera and my abilities weren't up to the challenge. Luckily, someone else was and got a great shot of what I saw:


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Some Random Techie Notes

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  • I was going to try out Git on my machine this afternoon as a little project. But then read the warnings on Git's [WindowsInstall][]page and agreed with the user's comment at the end. I'll give it another year.
  • How come I just found out about the svn list command?

    $ svn list file:///c:/Projects/repos/my_proj/branchescheckpoint-1.187/checkpoint-1.188/checkpoint-1.189/checkpoint-1.190/checkpoint-1.191/checkpoint-1.192/checkpoint-1.194/
  • I switched to using [Poderosa][]as my command line emulator of choice earlier this week. It hasn't been a normal work week for me, but I like it. It's not as configurable as [Console2][] but it does do a better job with the actual emulation part. And it understands Cygwin without too much pain. The End key doesn't work in Poderosa which is a pain when you are in a long less command. I'm not 100% sold on Poderosa yet. Oh, iTerm clone for Windows, where are thou?
  • [YSlow][]is very cool.

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Compliance vs Commitment

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I was taking the last of my New Employee classes this week. One class was on communication and one of the Big Ideas from that class was "Compliance vs Commitment " and that you really want people to be committed to what you are saying as opposed to just complying. This passed through my brain with little impact but later in the day, this was brought up again and I had an "A-ha" moment. This question of Compliance vs Commitment is really the same argument as the Law vs Grace.

the Law. That's because we simply can't follow the Law -- we are full of sin. But some people ask, "Couldn't God just make us follow the Law?" or "Couldn't God just forgive us anyway?"

The answer is yes He could but no He won't. The answer is the same for compliant.

Christ showed us what being committed to God is like -- even to death on the cross. And the Christ sacrificed himself in exchange for our sins since we can't commit to the Law, we could be commit to God's forgiveness. That's really it -- commit to God's forgiveness and the rest is done for you.

With grace, commitment is the only option God has given us. We can't simply comply with it, because God has done it all. This goes back to one of the profound statements that I have ever heard. It has stuck with me for over ten years and will probably be with me until I die. "Grace brings forth response." Meaning that once you are confronted with the reality of God's grace, you must respond in one way or another. There is no middle-of-the-road, shrug your shoulders kind of response to the grace and forgiveness of God.

So, then, how are we showing our commitment to God?

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Jython 2.2 Is Finally Out!

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I was busy this week and didn't get a chance to blog this:

[Jython 2.2 released!! Woohoo!!][]

It's been a long time coming guys. Congrats!

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Another Work Example

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This email was in my inbox one day. It was meant for another team, but

It is important that we keep our test cases up to date. Whom ever has the pager should run continuous integration on a daily basis.

There is nothing "continuous" about someone logging in on the weekend just to do a build. And they are going to forget. I fired off an email about [CruiseControl][] and said I would help set it up since I've done it before. Only silence was heard.

It looks like the continuous integration was not ran since August 14th. Whoever has the pager should run it on a daily basis. It just takes few seconds to start the process.

They aren't going to remember. Why do something manual when you can do it automatically? Luckily, I've been told that I'm going to setup CruiseControl up on another machine for them. They just may not know it yet. :)

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