Jon Aquino's Mental Garden

Engineering beautiful software jon aquino labs | personal blog

Saturday, November 29, 2008

"Writing Testable Code" - The RSS Feed

Miško Hevery and colleagues have written up a guide for Google engineers called Writing Testable Code. It's great, but rather long for reading in one sitting, so I have split it up into a daily RSS feed.

(FeedChopper and a Copy As HTML Firefox extension were helpful in creating this feed.)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Christmas Wishlist

The Herman Miller Embody chair might be interesting to try out.


Saturday, November 08, 2008

Austen Ipsum: Random Jane Austen Dialogue Generator

Here's a little web service that outputs random dialogue from Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice. Just give it the number of sentences you want. It's a more interesting alternative to "Lorem ipsum" for dummy text:

Here are some 3-sentence samples:

  • I must not decide on my own performance. I am not to be intimidated into anything so wholly unreasonable. It is unaccountable! In every view it is unaccountable!

  • You conjecture is totally wrong, I assure you. If I can perceive her regard for him, he must be a simpleton, indeed, not to discover it too. Those were your words.

  • Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. So, Lizzy your sister is crossed in love, I find. If _he_ wishes to avoid seeing _me_, he must go.

Definitely more interesting than the usual "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit."

I highly recommend Jane Austen's delightful novel. It's Britain's second favourite book, after Lord of the Rings. You can download the text - makes for good reading on a mobile device.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Eyewire Creativity Cards

Stuck on a problem? Got writer's block? Here's a webpage that will display a random Eyewire Creativity Card, for those unexpected creative crises.

Give it a try - it might spark an idea or a way around the roadblock.