Great Performance Does Not Always Indicate Great Ability

1 May , 2014  

Wizards #dcrising

Watching the excellent Bulls/Wizards play-off series is a funny critique on a societal lie: that if you put in your best, you will succeed. It seems that a lot of people still don’t understand that life is not fair, and sometimes successful results are misinterpreted as extraordinary ability.


Using SPRibbon in SharePoint 2013 HTML Master Pages

19 Feb , 2014  

SharePoint 2013 Ribbon

In SharePoint 2013 Microsoft released HTML master page functionality. The default out of the box minimal master page makes use of PublishingRibbon, which is far less flexible than SPRibbon. It is not intuitive on how to replace the Ribbon in an HTML master page since SharePoint tries to add it automatically, but there is a trick.


The Best Stouts: Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

18 Mar , 2013  

I Love Stouts

Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout is a complex, deep beer that goes well with just about anything. One of the best stouts I have had and highly recommended.


How to Override and Set the Correlation Id of a SharePoint Request

11 Feb , 2013  

In SharePoint it is easy to get lost in the huge amount of logging. Correlation Id can help in many situations, but when you have a complex Ajax requests in addition to a page request, you have lots of correlation Ids that should be related. By setting the correlation Id, you can make it easier to read your logs.


The Worst Trend Ever: Technical Video Tutorials

21 Jan , 2013  

Videos are the absolute worst medium for presenting technical information like programming or other computer related technology. If I have to look at another video where you watch a programmer programming on a screen to teach you how to do something, I am going to go insane. Use your writing skills people!


Morning Oatmeal Protein Shake Recipe

16 Jan , 2013  

The morning is a time when most of us do not want to do a lot of cooking. I tried unsuccessfully to cook healthy eggs and vegetables for a long time, until I decided a breakfast in a blender is quick, healthy and easy. This recipe for a protein shake is what I drink every single weekday morning.


SharePoint 2010 KPI Web Part ListURL Weirdness

14 Jan , 2013  

The SharePoint 2010 KPI Web Part can be instantiated in code, despite the limited documentation, however beware of a little nasty issue with trying to set the ListURL in code as you instantiate or edit the web part. SharePoint can do some weird things when dealing with this property that don’t make any sense, but getting around it is quite easy once you know what it is doing.


Star Wars: Disney, Please Revive the Franchise using Timothy Zahn

25 Nov , 2012  

Grand Admiral Thrawn

Let’s face it. Star Wars survives despite itself, or more accurately, despite George Lucas. George was a visionary in his time, and lucky for everyone, he was limited by technology and created a franchise that all of us love. Now that he has become a billionaire and sold to Disney, maybe we can hope that they don’t use whatever nonsense he wrote and use the masterpiece that Timothy Zahn wrote.



Gems from thinkorswim – Spread Hacker Terms

24 Nov , 2012  

thinkorswim Options Analysis

So I like to trade options and have recently switched to TD Ameritrade, who has a fairly robust desktop platform, thinkorswim. In fiddling around, the documentation is alright, but some of the terms and details are not really gone into, … Continued



Probability of Touch

18 Jan , 2012  

I was looking for a mathematical formula for the probability of a stock price touching a strike price of an option any time during it’s lifetime, assuming the stock price follows a traditional Black-Scholes model of Brownian Motion. I found … Continued