Rapid Development : Function Point Analysis

Rapid Development : Function Point Analysis
When I was studying Computer Science, one of my favorite CS Professors was a fan of Steve McConnell’s approach to system analysis and software design. I had read his book Code Complete, which is an industry standard for software design. When I was getting ready to go on the road for a brief tour, my professor suggested I take ...

Current Reading: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Current Reading: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
I have long held the belief that “very few things in the world cannot be improved by the introduction of sea monsters”. It’s as true today as ever. The original Jane Austen text  of Sense and Sensibility bears far too few reference to tentacles, Cthulhu, and ravenous water-dwelling horrors. Until now we had to read between the lines ...

This Is Your Brain On Music

This Is Your Brain On Music
Last week I started reading This Is Your Brain On Music by Daniel Levitin. It’s a fascinating examination of the neurological and psychological processes that are in play when listening to music. I’ve read the first half of the book while riding the bus and several people have commented that they also read the book and ...

The Dark Tower : The Waste Lands

The Dark Tower : The Waste Lands
Over the weekend I started reading the third book of the Dark Tower series. My daily bus ride allows for great reading time, and it’s easy for me to drop right into my seat and begin. For a moment this morning I glanced out the window as the bus was on the viaduct, noticing how ...

The Dark Tower : The Drawing Of The Three

The Dark Tower : The Drawing Of The Three
Last night I finished the first book in the Dark Tower series and have now begun reading the second. I’d forgotten the turmoil of this book. It’s interesting to review some of the sections of the story with the benefit of knowing the full plot arc from my previous reading. There is little doubt that ...

The Dark Tower : The Gunslinger 1

The Dark Tower : The Gunslinger
Last week I began to re-read Steven King’s Dark Tower series, a seven book epic he begun in 1970 and ultimately finished in 2003. I read the first few novels in the series in the early 80s while on tour with my band. In those days we frequently spent several hours each day in the ...