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The Dark Defiles

September 9, 2016

The dark defiles. They lead here, all of them. This is where they empty out, and he chose to follow them to their end. He was not brought here, he asked to come. The ikinri ‘ska.   The ancient, silent walkways at An-Monal, the stilled machines. The watchful spirits that lived in the walls. The […]

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The Cold Commands

September 9, 2016

“Gifts at the crossroads are not cheap,” Hjel says quietly. “Everyone must pay. And most of us heal somewhat with time.”   “I am Welcomed in the Home of Ravens and Other Scavengers in the Wake of Warriors,” Ringil recited for him, hollowly. “I am Friend to Carrion Crows and Wolves. I am Carry Me […]

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The Steel Remains

September 9, 2016

“I think you look on death as your friend, ” she murmured. “That is a strange friend for a young man to have.”  “The only faithful friend in this world, ” he said bitterly. “Death is always sure to be at your side.”   I see what the akyia saw, Gil. I see what you […]

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Echopraxia

September 9, 2016

http://rifters.com “Dymic.” Slippers nodded knowingly. “Assub.” Back on the pad a newborn vortex chafed at its restraints, smaller than its predecessor but angrier, somehow. Yellow icons blossomed across VEC/PRIME like rampant brushfires. Overhead, something was eating Gemini feetfirst. Another window opened on the wall, a hodgepodge of emerald alphanumerics. Slippers blinked and frowned, as though […]

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Obduction

September 9, 2016

Hunrath, home of the humans, primary color yellow. Kaptar, home of the Arai, primary color blue. Maray, home of the Villein, primary color green. Soria, home of the Mofang, primary color red. The War The Mofang had amazing technology, well beyond the other species, and at first the interactions between worlds seemed cordial and productive. […]

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Agile / Scrum process

August 22, 2016

An Agile / Scrum product flow consists of a number of objects: Product A product might contain the themes, epics, and stories that describe these enhancements from the user’s perspective. Products can have a narrow focus with few user stories or a wider context with many user stories, each containing several tasks. You create products […]

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Strategy

August 22, 2016

  Alice came to the fork in the road. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire cat. “I don’t know,” Alice answered.“ Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.   Strategy is a high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty. […]

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How Agile project management is different from traditional project management techniques

August 22, 2016

Project managers trying to understand what Agile is really all about often ask how Agile project management is different from traditional project management techniques.  One of the best ways to describe the differences would be to walk through an Agile project plan.   An agile project plan is feature based. Most project managers are used […]

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Divergence

August 3, 2016

Constantine had once been told that a mind was a sentence that could read itself. A book might have thoughts written within it, but something external had to be applied to the book in order to read the words. But what if words could be written in some medium that allowed the words to take […]

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Capacity

August 2, 2016

So what exactly is a personality construct? Ah! That’s the crux of the matter. A personality construct is simply a human mind running on a computer. Actually, “computer” is an old-fashioned phrase for an old-fashioned concept. Nowadays we say “processing space.” So I am a personality construct. Does that mean I am no longer human? […]