Thoughts on Agile (Part 3): the Principles

In my previous post I went over each line of the Agile Manifesto to see if I could find a deeper meaning in the language.

Thoughts on Agile (Part 2): the Manifesto

In my previous post I let off a little steam by talking about some of the things that frustrate me about Agile (or rather, how many people choose to interpret it). To summarize, one of the ways I see Agile positioning itself is as a shift away from the rigidity of older software development styles, such as Waterfall.

Thoughts on Agile (Part 1): Fear and Loathing

Like a lot of software developers and architects, I have been working with Agile for much of my career, and while there are many things I love about it, there have also been times when I have felt like burying the next person within earshot who utters the phrase "that's not Agile".

Replacing the capacitors on my ViewSonic VP930

Back in July 2011, after five years of near constant usage, my trusty ViewSonic VP930 LCD monitor finally bit the dust and went to join the big recycling heap in the sky. Faced with a potential bill of around £150 to replace it, I figured there was no harm in trying to fix it myself. As it turns out, it was simpler than I imagined.

Who Dares Burns

I've heard a fair few chiliheads talk about Who Dares Burns from Hot-Headz with a lot of affection: for some it was the first super hot sauce they ever tried, and hence it was the one that popped their chilihead cherry. So, as you can imagine, I was very excited to finally get my hands on a bottle of the good stuff. When something claims to be "UK's No.1 best selling Super Hot Sauce" you just have to sit up and take notice.

Heat: 
8
Flavour: 
6
Value: 
7
Overall: 
7

Pocket Rocket - 15 minute burn

My first review from the Chilli Pepper Company is their intense Pocket Rocket (a.k.a. 15 minute burn). Am I crazy for starting out near the high end of the scale? Quite possibly.

Heat: 
9
Flavour: 
5
Value: 
7
Overall: 
7

CaJohns Naga Soreass

For my inaugural review, I will be subjecting myself to CaJohns Naga Soreass from Hot-Headz.

Heat: 
5
Flavour: 
7
Value: 
6
Overall: 
6

Extreme chili: a beginner's guide

Being a consummate chilihead brings with it several advantages, the majority of which are far too boring to mention in any great detail. They mostly involve being able to frighten the life out of anyone who engages in any other mundane activities, such as alligator wrestling. However, there is one discernable downside to being a capsaicin junkie, and that is the ever increasing need to push the heat boundary in order achieve that elusive endorphin rush.

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