The Sprint

It’s 7:35pm Friday. You really would think that there were better things to be doing than writing a blog post. But I suppose that’s the point of doing you’re own thing: you get to decide when you do it.

So it doesn’t really matter that Friday night is spent in front of the computer (admittedly with the music up really really loud and the beer flowing – we’re hoping the Ballmer Peak kicks in soon), because it may mean that Thursday afternoon is spent at New Farm Park throwing a frisbee. Actually, that’s a really good idea. We should do that.

Anyway, where were we?

That’s right: the sprint.

We’re trying something different here at FF next week. Something that we haven’t tried before but we want to see if it works. And if it doesn’t, well, then it’s an experiment and we’ll learn from it and move on anyway. It was partially inspired by this post on a very wankily titled website (we loathe the word “entrepreneur”).

For four days next week, we’ll be in the office twelve hours each day attempting to start and finish a project from scratch. This weekend, I’m doing all of the planning, project breakdown and dot point specs. And from Monday at 7am we’re going all out to finish the project by 7pm Thursday. Forty-eight hours in total. Effectively two days, non-stop, spread out over four.


Well, we want to see if it works. We want to see if we can really smash out a very cool project and get everything working in a short amount of time. A lot of the systems we’re using are off-the-shelf. So it’s just installation, modifications and hopefully, away we go.

What is it? Well now. That’d be ruining all of the fun. But if there’s an announcement from FF in the next two weeks, you’ll probably be able to guess what it is that we used for “The Sprint”.

We’ll report back on what happened over those four days and whether it worked. Or if instead we just managed to kill ourselves with work.

Oh and Friday? Yeah, Friday next week can get f**ked. We’re not going to be in the office, that’s for sure!

Enjoy your weekend!

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You know it’s going to be a good day…

…when it starts with a video conference call with a talented programmer you’re using in Portland, Oregon, enlightening you as to discoveries with templating engines.

And then progresses to a meeting with a new client to double the scope of work you were just about to do.

Yeah….you know it’s going to be a good day.

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Fig Rigs Mk 2

We’ve just built the second version of a DIY “fig rig”. We’ll be posting photos and video here soon. They’re cool.

Like, ridiculously cool.

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QLD Courts Law List Fetcher

Do you know how many courts there are in Queensland? Short answer: lots.

So, why not write a script that goes and fetches all the “law lists” every day. Then you could apply a sprinkle of regular expression magic and email them off to the people who are interested.

$courts = fopen("courts.txt","r");
while($line = fgets($courts)) {
    $line = trim($line);
    $court = explode("|", $line);
    exec("curl ".$court[0]." > \"lists/".
      date("Y-m-d")." ".$court[1]."\"");

Then all you need is an appropriately formatted list of all the courts.

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