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Why New York subway lines are missing countdown clocks

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Boy do I know how this feels:

A post-mortem by the Federal Highway Administration details how from the start, an agency which had had little experience with large “systems” projects tried to wing it. For instance, the consulting firm tasked with developing the project plan never made a list of requirements, didn’t talk to the workers who would be maintaining the system until after it was designed, and left vague instructions for large chunks of work—specifying, for instance, “similar functionality to what is currently available"—that later became the focus of drawn-out contract disputes.

A great piece, with just the right balance of techy details and business screw-ups.

I'm Australian

Thursday 15 October 2015

It’s done. Said the pledge, met the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, and got my plant. I’m an Aussie.

But still Scottish.

I’m Scossie.

Top 10 movies

Saturday 3 October 2015

  1. Apollo 13
  2. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
  3. Toy Story 3
  4. Erin Brockovich
  5. Thelma and Louise
  6. Monsters University
  7. The Social Network
  8. 21
  9. Sunshine
  10. The Green Mile

Not as many Pixar movies in there as I initially though there would be, but I reckon Finding Nemo and The Incredibles would be somewhere in 11-15.

There are also a few fairly recent movies (Inside Out, Gravity, and Big Hero 6) which nearly made it, but I think I’ll wait and see how they mature.