Heroes of the Storm – Dragon Shire Origin Story

At the start of this year I was really enjoying Heroes of the Storm, a new DotA-clone by Blizzard Entertainment. I was even going to write a review before the beta came out, but then the beta re-worked my favorite hero and I lost interest (even though he was too powerful, so he deserved it). Before I started drafting the review though, I wrote some HotS fan-fic on a flight somewhere. Mostly because of the challenge, this isn’t a deep and lore-driven world like the three it’s based on. But I overcame that, to write this backstory for the map “Dragon Shire”.

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Orthodox and Reformed Scrum, a Retrospective

I have recently been doing a lot of Scrum process at work. Enough to make me feel entitled to critique it1. I figure that so long as we’re being assessed on our implementation of the Scrum process, I should be able to assess Scrum on its implementation of a software process. Note that I have already discussed the term “user story”. So I’m going to try something different today, and actually discuss salient conceptual points. Eventually.
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The Qt/QML User Story

At Tue Apr 17 04:09:07 CEST 2012 Alan Alpert started a flamewar about QML. Whoops. But the thread did reach an appropriate conclusion as to where the rants should go; put it on an aggregated blog. Since I forgot to do that back then, here’s an expanded version of the essay now. The content is still accurate, but I’ve added two more paragraphs on the end to elucidate it further.
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Cross-Platform QML

I’ve been thinking a lot about cross-platform QML recently, and I’m about to email the dev list with a suggestion. But the conceptual background essay is here instead of in the mail this time. Hopefully this will help better organize the information – it certainly allowed me to go into much greater depth on the wider issue 🙂 .
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A Straw-Woman Argument

I strongly support gender equality, but it bugs me that sometimes modern gender equality is mis-interpreted as pro-woman. Political correctness also bugs me, particularly when people try to rewrite the English language because some words or expressions might be deemed offensive. Leaving aside for a moment that being offended is a state of mind in the reader, a language is not suitably expressive if it cannot provoke an emotional response (including offending people). I thus will try to provoke an emotional response with this short speech, modeled as being by and for some of the people who bug me in a non-insectoid way.
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