Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

I also enjoy writing, woodworking, and home improvement. Also this.

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Monday, April 05, 2004


  • Newsmap presents the news in a very information-rich 2-D format. I know I'm way behind the curve on this, but it's really damned cool.
  • The ACM programming contest finals results. Virginia Tech places 59th?!? We placed 3rd and 8th the two years I was on the team.
  • Coffee really isn't much of a diuretic after all. I'm not dehydrated because I drink too much coffee, it's because I don't drink enough coffee!
  • The Paradox of Choice examines the phenomenon where having more choices actually makes you less happy. I experienced this recently when I bought a new Toyota Sienna; between different trim levels, different option packages, and different colors, there were many hundreds of distinct van configurations. Contrast with the Honda Odyssey where, exclusive of color, there are exactly four different models.
  • Get some plush microbes for the kids who have tired of their bag of plagues.
  • Michael McDonough's 10 Things They Never Taught Me in Design School. I'm particularly trying to decide whether I agree with #2. Certainly the principle is correct, but I don't think it's as bad as 95%.
  • A fully mechanized parking garage.
  • 10socks is a good idea; we just bought some similar socks for our kids that have one, two, or three stripes across the toes. However, $7.80/pair is pretty steep for socks.

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