Blog posts in June 2009

Onward, Christian soldiers!

Anyone who thought that Bush's speechwriter's slip in referring to the Middle-Eastern invasions as a “Crusade” was just a poor choice of words and nothing more significant might be interested to see GQ's collection of title pages from Donald Rumsfeld's defence briefings – featuring proud photos of tanks, missile launches, soldiers praying etc., superimposed bible quotes supposedly backing their invasions (“thou shalt not kill” is needless to say not one of them). Not really the kind of thing that should be appearing in top-level state military advice.


Sheep LED movie

I was amused enough by this Samsung ad using LEDs on sheep:


Saving money by reducing lead times using cloud hosting

In their worthwhile Velocity talk on the need for API-based cloud configuration & control talks, Adam Jacob and Ezra make a crucial clarification that many industry sources (especially the marketing-based ones) don't understand: cloud computing is not cheaper per run hour - in fact, at current pricing, it's noticeably more expensive.