'Chunky Egg Mayonnaise'

Is is just me, or is this the most revolting sandwich title ever? Compass should be ashamed of themselves.

Confidentiality and Organization Size

Presumably it must be logical that the more people know a secret, the less likely it will stay a secret (in the general case). Some organizations have only one level of secrecy (i.e. confidential). This is used for everything from secrets that 3 people should know, to secrets that 30,000 people should know. In the latter case, the secret is highly likely to stray outside the group.

Wouldn’t it make sense to indicate these differently? Increasingly the bureaucracy attached to such things isn’t a good thing to be doing, but surely we should also admit to ourselves that there is a practical difference between the two - perhaps to the extent of keeping fewer things secret?

Google didn’t turn up any obvious research in this area, but I’m sure there must be some.

'New' Best Practice for SOA/ESB?

Simply stated:

Process Server provides a layer to implement a business process - this is (or should be, or could be) ‘interesting’ to a business. ESB simply provides the glue to tie things together - auditing, converting one interface to another, etc. So don’t fall into the trap of faking Process Server functionality in ESB, when Process Server provides it all already.

Traffic Bunching

Whilst trying to cross the road in Hursley this morning, I was struck by how the cars arrived in a long bunch that prevented me from crossing. Someone pointed out that in this case it was probably caused by the traffic light at the end of the village. This got me to thinking: is it important to have cars bunched? If they had been evenly distributed along the road, is it possible that they would be just close enough never to give me a gap large enough to cross? However, it also seems obvious that too much bunching would cause further jams at intersections where bunches came together. Is there an optimum bunching level for any given section of road, and if you plotted it against the width/intended capacity of the road, is there a correlation?

Has anyone done research on this? I guess it might come under the larger umbrella of queueing theory.

Die Hard is a Serious Action Film

If you’ve never had a chance to listen to the director’s commentary for Die Hard, I can wholeheartedly recommend getting hold of a copy - John McTiernan’s comments are fascinating, and complement the talented acting of both Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman. It rapidly becomes obvious that McTiernan takes action film very seriously, as an artistic genre - not something to turn a fast buck. This is clearly one of the reasons why Die Hard is such a polished film and is a canonical example of the action film genre.

One interesting anecdote is that in the 80s, when the film was made, cutting in the middle of a camera move was forbidden by the studios, to the point where he was almost fired from Predator for doing this. A co-operative editor was the only reason Die Hard was able to use these kind of shots in the finished film. To me, this is an interesting example of how established conventions for the ‘best’ way of doing things don’t always turn out to be the best (after all, Die Hard was a huge commercial success, and no-one now watches it and comments on the strange camera moves).

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