Differences between Agile and waterfall explained by the Ramones

These days there are two methodologies in software development: Agile (can also be called as Scrum, Kanban or Extreme Programming) and Waterfall (sometimes known as the Software Development Life Cycle or SDLC). Agile is very hot right now, but there are still people scratching their heads trying to work out the difference between Agile and Waterfall. There’s plenty of articles that tell you the technical differences. But not by way of ridiculous analogy. So let’s take two classic records and I’ll explain why one is Agile and one is text book waterfall. So let’s start by explaining Agile via the Ramones… The Ramones debut album Punk rock hadn’t really been done before – at least not the way the Ramones did it. It was loud, rude, edgy and risky. Only Manhattan’s edgy art rock scene really got it. Everyone else was just flabbergasted, offended or both. Sire Records was willing to take a punt on them. So they gave the Ramones an advance of about $6500. They recorded the whole album in seven days flat. It was co-produced by drummer Tommy Ramone and engineered by close friends of the band. Even the cover art cost about $125. Worth noting how stripped back their style was. Meaning no guitar solos, no backing singers, nothing fancy. Just guitar driven brutality. The music was so fast that 14 songs took only 29 minutes. And they played the songs even quicker live! In 1976 there was nothing out there like the Ramones. For the next 5 years, they had a new album out every year and constantly toured. In hindsight at least, there was a...
An AWESOME little Chinese acoustic

An AWESOME little Chinese acoustic

When I think of Chinese made guitars, I think dodgy Chibson and Ibanez knock offs you get via Alibaba. They’re usually shoddy knock offs that look the part but lack the substance and are illegal. Even the name brand Chinese made guitars improve every year but I’m still yet to find one that’s drool worthy. So I was very stoked to find this little half-sized acoustic for peanuts. It’s as plain as the nose on your face but I like that. I think it gives it more character. It’s made in the Great Factory which make Takamine...
Why my Les Paul sucks (and I wish it didn’t)

Why my Les Paul sucks (and I wish it didn’t)

I made this video about a week ago and posted on the guitarnerd.com.au Facebook group. There’s been some very mixed reactions. From the bona vide Gibson lovers, believers and outright deniers. To people that have had similar ‘won’t stay in tune issues as I have. Strangely I haven’t had any of these issues with my Japanese guitars. Have a watch and let me know what you...
Kiss concert Melbourne Oct 9

Kiss concert Melbourne Oct 9

It’s Friday afternoon beer-o’clock.  We’re in the ground floor bar of the Corner Hotel in Richmond having some warm up drinks. Richmond’s hipster elite are on the rooftop bar quaffing Peronis in the sun but we couldn’t care less. Downstairs we sit on black vinyl stools with Carlton Draught pints and Wild Turkey and Coke chasers, hogging what little sunlight has the audacity to make it through the windows of this seedy bar. It’s hot and my denim clad arse is sticking to the vinyl. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Condensation from the glasses leaves a toxic, ammonia blue puddle on the table. A toxicity perfectly matched to the shit we’re talking. In the restaurant next door hipsters are eating Vietnamese street food and pretending to be relevant – worse still important in this gentrified, yet grungy suburb. Unlike them we’re here for a reason. Kiss is playing at the Rod Laver Arena. Call me cynical and you’d be right. I’ve read 3 out of 4 of the band members’ autobiographies (all the concubines couldn’t get me to read Gene Simmons’ book). I loved the band as a teenager but as a middle aged guy, I’m wondering how many of these drinks it will take to make me love the upcoming gig. A friend got a good deal on the tickets, otherwise I wouldn’t have been interested. The bar is filling up with headbanger types clearly out for the concert. Even more clearly ‘not from here’. One bloke has hot rod flames tattooed on the back of his head, while another middle aged ruckus looking auntie laments not having anywhere...
My new Greco Mirage

My new Greco Mirage

So psyched to have this. This is a 1978 Greco Mirage (or Ibanez Iceman). As far as original Japanese guitar designs of the 70’s go, this is it! Greco and Ibanez are both from the same factory. Greco was more prominent in Japan while Ibanez was more for export markets. This particular guitar was made for a chain of shops called Music Land Key in Japan. They did a run of 100, I believe for a Kiss tour that same year. Basically it’s a poor man’s Paul Stanley PS10, but that’s a good thing. Anyway check out the video review and comment here if you have any...
David Lee Roth explains Non Functional Requirements

David Lee Roth explains Non Functional Requirements

Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth is more interesting than you think. But Diamond Dave is more than just a showman. He’s a very, very canny businessman. So if you don’t understand the difference between functional and non functional requirements, let Dave explain. There’s the age old cliche about rock stars demanding blue M&Ms or they won’t play (as captured in Wayne’s World 2). David handled a lot of the tour management of Van Halen. Including the road crew and shipping requirements. He did indeed have in the contract/backstage rider that the venue would provide a bowl of blue M&Ms back stage. Van Halen had a bitchin’ live show, the envy of other bands. They toured with tonnes of equipment (light show, PA, hair gel – hey it was the eighties). Wherever they played, they needed to ensure that the stage could handle the weight of all the gear they brought with them. So in their contract they stipulated that the stage must be able to hold x tonnes of equipment. To make sure the venue hosting the gig read the contract properly, David put the ‘blue M&Ms backstage’ clause in the contract. One day Van Halen hit town ready to play. The road crew setup the stage and the band were hyped. Hours before they were to play, there was a massive thud. The stage setup literally fell through the stage. The venue staff didn’t read the contract. They didn’t see that the stage must be rated for the x tonnes of gear they had that other bands didn’t. They didn’t have any blue M&Ms backstage either....