A Real Soaker

We got another inch of rain last night, and this one may be the proverbial "drought breaker". It was just a slow, steady drizzle for nearly 6 hours, with temperatures dropping all the while. The forecast high today is 84°F, but it's only seventy now and deeply overcast, and I doubt that we hit anywhere close to eighty. Which is a Good Thing™.

It'll be interesting to see what the drought monitor shows for this - Boone County already seems to have moved back from "exceptional" to merely "extreme".

The pasture is really greening up - almost feels like May, which is appropriate, I suppose, since May felt more like August. Sheep are really chowing down on the revived grass, and that makes me feel better for the winter. If we can keep them on pasture until Thanksgiving we'll be fine with the hay we've got laid in already.

In short, the last week has really boosted my optimism level. Here's hoping that attitude bears out.

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The Myth of the Super Programmer

Absolutely excellent bit on the real art of programming (or engineering, or life in general) - reducing complexity. It's a goal I strive for everywhere, from the breeds we choose for our flock to the design of water systems in the barn to my choice of programming languages and tools. Simple is invariably better, and it's nice to see this truth explained in such a clear and cogent manner.

I would venture to say that most software developers have some sort of belief that they are just a regular programmer, but there exists out there some super programmers who actually do the difficult algorithms that control caches on hard drives and index search results for Google

(link) [Making the Complex Simple]

via Code Project News

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