The end of the poem, Ulysses, by Lord Alfred Tennyson.

I started reading the early release of the book, User Story Mapping, by Jeff Patton, and it looks like it’s going to be really good.

When the Chocolate Runs Out is supposed to be a good book on attachment, but it sounds like a horror story. :)

Most Chicago Cubs fans are torn: We hope Edwin Jackson will go away because he’s a horrible pitcher, but some part of us wants him to stay so we’ll keep losing and get a high draft pick. (Image from this Chicago Tribune story.)

I like this. Just because you don’t have the world’s greatest talent in something doesn’t mean you have to stop trying to do that thing. If you love it, keep trying, keep practicing.

Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker became a cult hero overnight as he pitched a scoreless 16th inning, then scored the game’s winning run in the bottom of the 16th. The game took six hours, 27 minutes, and was the longest game by time in Cubs’ history.

Here are a few quotes from Mr. Baker about this opportunity:

“It’s really cool to get a chance to do this,” Baker said. “I was having trouble not smiling on the mound. You never get opportunities to do things like this.”

I drove up to Estes Park, Colorado on Monday, and ran into a brief lightning storm. I took shelter in this little bakery on the north side of the town strip.

I need a universal, “For God’s sake, please don’t automatically start videos playing” browser control.

‘‘My main goal is to commit to every single pitch and throw with conviction.’’ ~ Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs. (Quote from this article.)

Twitter limits people to 140 characters per tweet ... I wish they’d limit people to three tweets a day, I’d follow a lot more people that way.

Kinda weird, I’m watching the Cubs game and I see ads for people to sit out on the rooftops. So rooftop owners pay WGN to advertise, WGN pays the Cubs. Also, when people buy rooftop seats the Cubs get money. Meanwhile, the Cubs field a poor team so nobody wants to buy rooftop seats. Something seems weird in there ... I guess if you have a parasitic business model you have to be careful about who your host is?

It’s amazing what you can do with software. A “solution” with one set of data can become a denial of service attack against yourself with a larger set of data. (This graph shows the result of the Drupal Boost module initially clobbering my server, until I applied two “fixes” to it.)

Ah, the Chicken Oil Company ... once I discovered it when I went to school at Texas A&M, I ate quite a few Deathburgers. I’m glad to see that they’re still in business. (Image from this link.)

It’s amazing what you can do with software. I more or less ran a denial of service attack against myself by misconfiguring the Drupal Boost module. (Actually, it was configured okay for when the website was smaller, but needed to be reconfigured as the site has grown.) #lessonlearned

Pitching and management advice from Leo Mazzone, Atlanta Braves pitching coach. From this foxsports.com article.

Wow, I just saw a very spammy comment on espn.com that had been “liked” 36 times. ESPN uses Facebook for their comment system, so this means that there are 37 Facebook accounts used for nothing but spam -- for just this one spammy post. Amazing.

I just saw this bunk bed design, and I really like it. It was created by this construction company.

I just found this “motivation” note I wrote to myself when I was writing on the Scala Cookbook: “Think of yourself as the author writing the Steve Jobs biography (Walter Isaacson); you want to get the facts right, you want the book to be ‘deep,’ and well-organized.”

I just learned about Mr. Pine’s Purple House as I read a review about Amazon’s new phone.