Trains - or Grandmother from Hell

Traveling with trains is an alright way to get around. They're reasonably fast, inexpensive and apparently friendly towards the environment in a way that cars and planes are not. However as with all public transport services, you can meet a lot of different people there, some of whom you don't really want to meet. Thankfully, there aren't many of them. But when confined to a train wagon for the better part of a day together with such people, you will still notice them.

Something to keep in mind when trying to be successful

Success is usually defined as delivering on time, under budget, and as specified. That's a flawed definition. Many late projects are huge successes for their organizations, and many on-time projects don't deliver any value.

From here. I don't really have much to add, except that I think he's right.

Geek syndrome, talent and situation

As a fully paid-up member of the geek race, I subscribe to a number of mailing lists on various geeky topics. On one of these mailing lists, there was recently an argument between several individuals, focussing in particular on one person whose behaviour was regarded by some others as obnoxious. The argument culminated in a post from another list subscriber, advancing the notion that the individual at the centre of the argument might have Asperger's Syndrome, and that this would account for his apparent obnoxiousness.

Facebook: not taking over the world just yet

So, Facebook's 'Beacon' advertising system is supposed to be really evil, poised to give Mark Zuckerberg some James Bond villainesque ability to plant targetted ads in amongst the latest notifications of the stuff our vague acquaintances are doing that are too boring for them to bother to tell us directly.