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Monthly Archives: November 2011

97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know

Came across a good book (O’Reilly) with publicly available architect contributions on what is important.  It’s a bit like reading your horoscope — “yeah, yeah, so uncanny how that’s my professional life too.”  But … good stuff.  


Helvetica — the typeface — intruded on my consciousness in the last 48 hours.  Yesterday, whilst moving my wife’s applications and content to a new laptop, I was faced with some error messages from her web-design software complaining that the Helvetica font was not present on the new system.  From this I realized that Helvetica […]

Tranquilize the mind with a steady purpose…

Paging through Bartlett’s, hit upon a quotation from Mary Shelley that I like: Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose — a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.  

Some Nuance on Nuance

My favorite word is nuance (see OED entry below).  Being a discerning human, man, husband, father, son, friend, co-worker, citizen, reader, and thinker is all about seeing, making, and understanding subtlety and shadings in all things. I had not really thought of nuance’s derivation and when it began to be used — somewhat ironic given […]