Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat mater

(This post is a part of my series introducing to the enjoyment of classical music.)

Stabat Mater is a poem from the 13th century, commonly attributed to Jacopone da Todi, a Franciscan monk. It's one of the few sequences (a song specific to the given feast, which is sung before the gospel) still in use in the Roman Catholic liturgy - currently it is on the feast of "Mater Dolorosa", 15 Sept.

Stabat Mater is a meditation at Christ's cross. The richness in thoughts and pictures, its disciplined structure and colorful language usage are all exceptional, a good expression of the 13th century's exstatic view of the world. A poem basically - similarly to the Dies irae sequentia of the requiem, which is also from this century - draws a picture of a fundamental scene of Christian faith and comes to the personal participation - taking misery voluntarily gives the certainty in salvation. This route can be summarized by quoting 3 verses (in the translation of Edward Caswall):

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pair programming cheat sheet

Just remind myself how to do pair programming:


1. Define task
2. Agree on solution
3. Reach one tiny goal at a time
4. Rely on the partner
5. Talk a lot
6. Sync up
7. Switch roles


1. Eliminate distraction
2. Use a stylus to point on screen
3. Switch controllers to better communicate your ideas
4. Take short breaks to get fresh ideas
5. Don’t rush

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Lego Ninjago Episode 20

After a very long break Lego Ninjago Episode 20 arrived with a very exciting new episode. Let's meet Lloyd's mother, the Stone Army and the Overlord.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

git vs. Perforce

I used Perforce for 5 years in my previous project. Now I've used git for half a year. At this time I think I can say with confidence that if I were to choose a free version control system, I would go with git, but if I had the money, I would choose Perforce.
Not necessarily because Perforce or the Perforce tools are superior, but the way I like to do software development, I would benefit more from Perforce.
So looking at just what really interests me, here are the differences, or rather the parts I really like in Perforce and miss from git to some extent.