Or, a Posting of Various Amusing and Curious Diversions, Full of Amazing Facts that Will Lift Your Spirits and Delight Your Friends.
In case you didn't know this already, Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005, received her bachelor's degree in information technology management. I have been unable to verify the rumor that she's a frequent poster at the Defcon forum, writing under the name "UniHckrGrrrl5."
IBM continues to populate its pattern solution forum on developerWorks, with the most recent addition - the WebSphere Platform Messaging Patterns Asset - aimed at building service-oriented architectures.
Last night, I produced two fifteen minute videos for Rational's software development conferences being held in India and Brazil. Thank you, Apple for making it so easy to record, edit, and master a professional DVD. I have the printing and audio/video production capacity of a small nation and Final Cut and DVD Studio Pro (and their younger companions, iMovie and iDVD) are my primary tools in this space; they are a real pleasure to use.
Speaking of Rational meetings, you can plug in to our global user community here.
If you are accustomed to writing lots of business correspondence, check out the MBA Jargon Watch. In no time you will gain traction with your mission critical stakeholders by composing actionable best practices for deployment to your scalable centers of exellence. If you encounter any pushback during your real-time roll out of those value-added deliverables from those who drink the Kool-Aid, catch me off-line and I'll help you repurpose and synergize your work so that you'll end up with a world-class win-win solution. Bullfighter is another piece of software that might help you out here as well.
Michael Kaplan's blog makes an interesting discovery about the Google search engine; you can try it yourself by googling the word "failure." Methinks that the results are not strictly according to the PageRank algorithm.
At Universiteit Twente, check out Project QUIDS on QUality Indicators in Design Spaces.
On Slashdot, there's an interesting riff on the industry's next programming models. While you are poking about, check out a related post from the MIT Technology Review.
Drawing this rambling post to a close, I've been doing my usual technical reading (I still have about one hundred architecture-related technical papers left to slog through) and pleasure reading (this week it's the animation classic The Illusion of Life by Thomas and Johnston, The Radioactive Boy Scout by Silverstein, and A Theological Miscellany by McTavish).