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I’m a few days late on this (I was on vacation) but Typemock Isolator 4.3 has been released and has some great new features like Ivonna integration for ASP.NET testing. Check out the blog post on it and then go get it!

While I’m on the subject of Typemock, Roy Osherove has offered up a sneak preview of the new Typemock Racer tool he’s working on that will help detect thread deadlock. Very promising, indeed. Check out his site for some great screenshots.

I’ve been doing various fireworks shows for the past few years and each year I always end up having to recreate the list of things I want to bring along with me to the shoot. Instead of constantly updating and forgetting and such, here’s the list of everything you’d want to bring with you if you’re shooting a show.

This is pretty exhaustive and will probably need to be adjusted for based on the shoot. For example, sometimes you have to dig trenches so you’ll need a shovel… but if you’re not digging, no shovel required. Obviously if you’ve got more than one person, you may need to adjust quantities. Also, sometimes the company you’re shooting for will provide some equipment. Here we go…

  • Tools
    • Shovel
    • Rake (like, one of those wide plastic ones for raking leaves)
    • Pocket knife
    • Pliers (if you have a Leatherman tool, use that)
    • Cordless drill with screwdriver bits
    • Hammer
    • Large marker (like a Sharpie)
    • Masking tape
    • Flashlight
    • Continuity tester
  • Clothing
    • Leather work gloves
    • Firefighter turnout or other flame-retardant overcoat
    • Knee pads
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat with brim
    • Foam ear plugs
    • Helmet (motorcycle or firefighter)
  • Sustenance
    • Water
    • Gatorade
    • Energy drinks
    • Dry food - crackers, granola bars, etc.
  • Amenities
    • Cooler (for your food/drinks)
    • Camp chair
    • Camp table
    • Shade shelter (one of those four-metal-legs-and-a-tarp things works great)
    • Moist washcloth in plastic bag
    • Digital camera
    • Book/magazine
  • Health products
    • Excedrin Migraine
    • Ibuprofen
    • Pseudoephedrine (or other decongestant)
    • Sunscreen - SPF45 or better
    • Moist towelettes
    • Bug repellent

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Sandcastle, the documentation generator for XML doc comments in .NET, has released its source code on CodePlex starting with the May 2008 release. It had gotten booted from CodePlex for not releasing the source, so they released it.

Somehow I don’t think releasing the source is going to help anything. It’s still crap that you have to run like 10 different commands and have a specially-tailored configuration file to get docs to render and that they leave it up to the community to fill such a huge gap with projects like Sandcastle Help File Builder. I’ve had to set up Sandcastle in several builds now and I always dread it because it’s such a nightmare even with helper programs like that. Sigh.

In my travels through Walla Walla this weekend, I found a store with possibly the most awesome name ever: Hot Poop.


I think it’s a music store of some nature. Here’s the whole store front:

The full Hot Poop store

I can only imagine people talking about the store. “Hey, man, you wanna check out Hot Poop?” “No, I poked my head into Hot Poop yesterday and didn’t see anything I needed.” Oh, hellz yeah.

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Welcome Kai and Stanley

We were out running errands today and decided to stop in at the Petco because today was the day the local shelter brings kitties in to show (and hopefully find homes for) and Jenn wanted to see what sorts of kitties were out there.

The result of that trip is that we now have two new 10-week-old kitten brothers we’ve named Kai and Stanley. They’re gray tabbies and very playful. Xev, our six-year-old brown tabby, is still taking some time to get used to them, but otherwise they’re really making themselves at home. (Xev doesn’t like to play nearly as much as these wild stallions do, so they’ll keep each other busy and she’ll still be able to participate and have friends so she won’t be lonely.)

Tomorrow will be their first full day at home, so this should be interesting.

(Oh, and bonus points if you know why our cats are named Xev, Kai, and Stanley without Googling it.)