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• Small Pieces From 2002-03-30 •

I would post something to Amazon, or here for that matter, but I am suffering a rather intense spate of boredom.

Not with the book. I think the aforementioned chapter on Perfection is one of the most crucial -- and straightforwardly described -- elements of the Web I've seen in print yet.

But I'm am astoundingly bored and disgruntled about anything I might attempt to write about it. Or anything else.

At least people are starting to post here. Now go post to Amazon, since I don't have it in me right now to say much of anything, heh.

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• Small Pieces From 2002-03-29 •

I'm about 1/3rd through, just getting into the Perfection chapter. I'll finish it this weekend and let rip on Amazon directly. I'm not through the perfection chapter yet but it prompted me to think about imperfections in software. Software is notoriously imperfect in the sense that it sometimes doesn't work the way it should (this is very optimistic I know - I work for a software company, cut me some slack), yet the whole point of using software is to make your life easier or more perfect. I've yet to see a software brochure murmur never mind holler "Our software never fails, never falls over and always works, basically."

I guess perfection in the context of commercial software development is to make release not too long after a deadline and one which works 'most' of the time. All to often I hear "there's no such thing as bug free" as if that's acceptable. It's acceptable in the context of the web given it's unmanaged state and so therefore it'll always be "a little broken" however not so with managed, organised and totally project managed to within an inch of it's life software development. I guess it's to do with deadlines and commerciality and therein lies another subject altogether which probably belongs on an open source discussion list. Anyway, that's what it prompted me to think about this afternoon. Great read so far.

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Will someone please write a review at Amazon? Anything at all? I'm feeling so lonely and exposed...

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I react with a shiver to these charts. First, Chris is one of my best friends so I don't like comparisons. Second, I really like both Gonzo Marketing and Bombast Transcripts. Third, Amazon is wacky; a couple of copies is enough to move you thousands - and tens of thousands - of points on their scale. Fourth, Gonzo zoomed higher faster at Amazon than Small Pieces. Fifth, Chris is one of my best friends.

(Let me save y'all the trouble of looking: Bombast is at 8,797 and GM is at 10,289. Tipping Point is at 152 in softcover and 206 in hardback. Who Moved My Cheese is at a well-deserved #32. The Who Moved My Cheese 2003 Calendar is at 807,228. Not that I pay attention to such things.)

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A tale of two cluetrainers:
Amazon rank of Small Pieces for last 7 days:

Amazon rank of Gonzo Transcripts for last 30 days:

My theory is that the title was misheard as 'Mall Peaches Juicy Loined', and it has been selling well in brown paper bags, and my postman has censored it.

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• Small Pieces From 2002-03-28 •

Not just a no-book zone. Netflix seem to take 5 days to send me DVDs, despite being less than 5 miles from their head office. And Airborne Express who were supposed to deliver my repaired iPod yesterday managed to stick a 'you were out' tag on the door while 2 of us were in the house, and then not come back at all.

No wonder I read so much on the web.

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My book is shipping! (Except to Kevin Marks who has been declared a No-Book Zone. Sorry, Kevin, but it'd just be irresponsible to let a copy fall into your hands. I'm sure you understand.)

No reviews at Amazon yet. Yes, this is a hint.

Anyone know when the knot in my stomach is scheduled to untie itself?

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• Small Pieces From 2002-03-27 •

Well, you lot are obviously busy reading copies of the book, but I'm stuck with reading Marek and Dave commenting on it as I'm still bookless (though Shadow the Sheepdog did turn up today, so Rosie could read that to the boys).

Maybe I can reconstruct the book from the reviews, like they reconstructed the dead sea scrolls from the concordance?

Though the Villa of Papyri sounds as if it needs more help.

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• Small Pieces From 2002-03-24 •

I'm feeling a little left out here,as I'm still awaiting a review copy, and I can't even buy a copy retail... but that has never stopped me butting in.

The problem with the search for meaning is the danger that you may get infected with some well-crafted (or evolved) meme that shows you a spurious meaning where there is none. the best defence in my opnion is to expose youreslef to as many alternative explantions as possible and let them figt it out in your brain.

My current favorite is the 'non-zero-sumness' meme I'm channeling crudely over at the nonzero blog. Be that as it may, this article highlights the fragility of the brain, and mind.

Inventing meanings is what our brains do - they are non-stop induction machines, as you only have to watch a toddler exploring the world to realise.

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