Sunday, February 24, 2008

RSpec Stories resources

I just put it in here because I refer to it often.

RSpec Stories resources.

By the way, one comment in David Chelimsky's blog entry in there has a link to a Story Editor using Prototype.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Éoliennes sur le sommet des centres de ski

Since I'm learning French, I try to write a blog entry in French as well.
This is about the idea of Wind-powered generator on the top of the ski hills, which I wrote on February 5th. Please correct it if you are familiar with French. My French is not good yet:

J'ai une idée de mettre des vent générateurs sur le sommet des centres de ski parce que souvent il vente très fort là. L'électrcité générée est utilizé pour l'ascenseurs.
(Corrigez les erreurs, SVP. Ça ne fait pas longtemps que j'apprends français.)

Mon ami a corrigé les fautes (Merci!):

J'ai eu une idée d'installer des éoliennes sur le somment des centres de ski car il vente très fort a ces endroits. L'électricité générée serait utilisées pour les remonte pente.

Friday, February 15, 2008

RSpec Stories

I like RSpec's new feature, RSpec Stories.
In the past, I saw Acceptance Test Cases written in plain text and the approach worked very well.

By the way, RSpec Stories is in English. And of course, all the programming languages use English for their keywords as far as I know. But I'm learning French now. And French speaking customers writing Stories in English doesn't seem to work well. And developers translating French to English introduces one more layer of indirection, which we want to avoid. I wonder if there is a solution to this problem. Maybe we can make a translator. It will be simple because it contains only RSpec stories keywords.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Experiment on Evolution

I have attended very interesting lecture at a local university.
I wish I had enough time to write down the verbs the speaker used to describe what three key figures in the lecture did.
But using my words instead, it was about - Darwin provoked the idea, Dallinger attempted to verify it experimentally, and D'Herelle established the way to experiment it.
Of course, not to mention, that uses life form whose reproduction cycle is very short so that you can observe its evolution.

D'Herelle is the start of Evolutionary medicine.
Evolutionary medicine is very interesting. Bacteriophage therapy makes sense though I acknowledge the points the speaker mentioned - it's alive so you don't necessarily know what would happen after the treatment is completed.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

RSpec Rails screencast

"Story Runner top to bottom screencast"

It's very good and at the same time entertaining to follow as well.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Wind-powered generator on the top of the ski hills

Many times at the top of the ski hills and mountains, especially in the high mountains, wind blows very hard.

I have come up with the idea of putting a wind-powered generator on the top of a ski hill. It provides electricity for the lifts. And when the lifts are not used, the generated electricity can be put back to the power grid.

Friday, February 01, 2008

The Psychology of Risks

This is an article in "Communications of the ACM" magazine - January 2008 Volume 51, Number 1.

I just quote.

"The big difference seems to be this: In their personal lives, people tend to consciously and deliberately take risks - though often unaware of possibly serious consequences. When dealing with computer technology, people tend to take risks unconsciously and in some cases unwillingly."