TGIF – (:-)

by Marie-Claire Jenkins September 11th, 2009 

Welcome to another edition of TGIF. I hope that you have all had a wonderful week and that you have taken the time to do some fun stuff out and during work hours. I took part in a drumming workshop and it was a lot of fun. Maybe see if you can organise something like that for the office next week? The weekend is upon us and there are so many fun things to do. I recommend heading out of the city if you're in one and onto the beaches, mountains, fields, rocks and even the sea. Enjoy your time off and I hope you all look forward to the week ahead.

Without further ado…

Stuff I liked this week…

Storybird – it's a collaborative storytelling platform for family and friends. It's good to get creative and share. I think between work colleagues it could be a good experience too.

Peter Ferguson's art – I love the upside-down fairies.

What the bleep do we know? (Down the Rabbit hole) – Quantum physics, religion, philosophy and the meaning of life…questions questions…

Sofa so good – this is a blog all about sofas and the latest installment has weird and wonderful ones – love the "Sprout a couch" one.

Tune Glue – discover and explore music in a visual way

Facts:

A single missing superscript bar in the code was responsible for the Mariner 1 rocket headed for Venus to be destroyed by Mission Control after it veered off course in 1962 (cost: $18.5 million)

In 1983 the Soviet early warning system indicated that the US had just launched five ballistic missiles because it was unable to filter out the sun reflecting off the tops of clouds.

The entire AT&T network was shut down for 9 hours in 1990 when a single line of buggy code. It brought down the entire network.

Ariane 5 unmanned rocket blew up in 1996 when the guidance computer tried to convert the sideways rocket velocity from 64-bits to a 16-bit format. The number was too big, and there was an overflow error.

The Mars Climate Orbiter crashed on Mars in 1998 because the thrusters used imperial rather than metric units (as specified by NASA)

Quotes:

The Internet? We are not interested in it. " Bill Gates, 1993

The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. Thats where we come in; were computer professionals. We cause accidents." " Nathaniel Borenstein

Pessimists, were told, look at a glass containing 50% air and 50% water and see it as half empty. Optimists, in contrast, see it as half full. Engineers, of course, understand the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. " Bob Lewis

If we wish to count lines of code, we should not regard them as lines produced but as lines spent. " Edsger Dijkstra

If you automate a mess, you get an automated mess. " Rod Michael

Tune of the week:

Banana pancakes – Jack Johnson

Video Gem of the week:

I filmed this myself on the terrace of my flat. Dolphins come to play on the surf from time to time and on this day they played in formation: beautiful :)

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One Response to “TGIF – (:-)”

  1. Larry D Keen says:

    The items under facts. Are they really true? You know how some things that are not true get told enough times and they become true.