Sunday, March 13, 2016

Great Album Covers

Here is a collection of what I consider the greatest album art. The rules in determining a great album cover

  1. No nudity or subtle profanity. I'm not against nudity and profanity. To deserve being on this list the album's appeal must exceed a higher standard than being sexually attractive
  2. Generally I'm against portraits of the artist. I love sultry images of Allison Moorer or Shania Twain. But, again, to be great you have to achieve a higher beauty.
  3. Disturbing and great are two different things. When I first saw Van Halen's 1984 it disturbed me. That does not make it great. Just attention grabbing. Likewise with Blind Faith

Without further ado, in no particular order:

Pearl Jam
by Pearl Jam
I love avocados. I grew up next to an avocado grove. There's just something magical about them for me. And then impose it on a simple, deep sky blue background

Complicated Game
James McMurtry
Well balanced. Great continuum and contrast of white to black. Captures loneliness and music. Inspires imagination

Dare You To Do It Again
Jessie Mae Hemphill and Friends
A cowboy hat, a cigarette and a gun. I don't like cowboy hats, guns or cigarettes. But, on Jessie Mae, in a dress, they look fantastic

Back To Oakland
Tower of Power
For so many Oakland is nothing more than the city with a lower cost of living and a higher rate of crime on the other side of the Bay Bridge across from San Francisco. What New Jersey is to New York City. When I see this cover it makes me smile. To me it shows Oakland as the home and San Francisco as the place to escape to get back home to Oakland

Born Not to Run
Car Talk
Rest in peace Tom Magliozzi. A great homage and pun on another great album

London Calling
The Clash
So many things have been said about this cover. The unleashed angst. The loss of control. And the homage to Elvis's eponymous album. This is greatest cover of all time

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

Here they are the best to the worst episodes of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

Best: Letterman: Brings his own car. Actually drinks coffee and eats a meal. Is funny. Very funny. Jerry is funny and comfortable with him. 

Worst: Fred Armisen. Just awkward. Awkward. And not funny. The only good part is the choice of car because the car is awkward. And Not funny.

I thought Miranda Sings was actually quite funny. It intrigues me the number of people on the Internet who don't get her humor. Genius, I say.

The Stephen Colbert episode seems to be earning good reviews yet I found it tedious and boring. The only interesting part is that this it was the only episode since George Wallace where the guest gets to drive. But it was painful not funny that Colbert couldn't drive a manual despite his non-chalance and insistence that he could. And again another episode where the first knows nothing about cars.

Best to Worst Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

don rickles
michael richards
Trevor Noah
carl reiner and mel brooks
steve harvey
chris rock
aziz ansari
julia louis dreyfus
bill burr
louis ck
jon stewart
jay leno
tina fey
sarah silverman
brian regan
howard stern
larry david
bill maher
seth meyers
kevin hart
miranda sings
jimmy fallon
bob einstein
sarah jessica parker
ricky gervais
colin quinn and mario joyner
todd barry
joel hodsgon
gad emaleh
patton oswalt
barry marder
amy schumer
george wallace
alec baldwin
Stephen Colbert
jim carrey
george castanza
alli wentworth
robert klein
fred armisen

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Lancia Ardea - Bizarre

I double backed to the Mountain View Trader Joe's parking lot a few weeks ago to inspect a catchy looking vintage car that I didn't recognize. I thought - had hoped - that it was a rare rear-engine Mercedes. Turns out it was a Lancia Ardea. It struck me so much that I snapped a couple photos.

Then, to my surprise, shortly thereafter runs an ad for a nearly identical Lancia Ardea for sale in Hollywood. Bizarre. And they even wrote, "We don’t see this model on offer in The States very often."

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Kirby's Third Law of Software Engineering

Always be ready to answer the question, "What have you done for me lately?"

Managers don't care if you were a super star two quarters ago. They only care what have you produced last week. And when they want to know, they want to know now. I always maintain some means to answer this question quickly: a Word document, a Jira query, a spreadsheet, a notebook. I even created an Access database for two different jobs where I had to track who I was billing to.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Kirby's Second Law of Software Engineering

Kirby's Second Law of Software
The more I get paid the smaller my desk

Also see Kirby's First Law of Software

Friday, March 30, 2012

git stash show all

Seems to me there should be a git stash show all command.
Perhaps there is.
Alas, I couldn't find one.

So I wrote one. Not very complicated.

# Created by Jeff Kirby on 3/30/12.
for stash in `git stash list | sed 's/\(\w*\)\:.*/\1/'`
   echo "$stash Contents"
   git stash show $stash

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Kirby's Law of Software Schedule Estimation

Kirby's Law
Software schedule estimation is impossible.

To know how long writing software will take you have to have written it before. If you have written it before, then there is no need to be writing it now. Therefore any software that you are writing now hasn't been written before. Therefore it is impossible to estimate how long it will take.