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    As you may recall from my previous post...

    Bob Balaban  March 30 2007 08:15:29 PM
    Ok! So, I took a deeeep breath and, with some help from my pals at SNAPPS and a bunch of encouragement /arm-twisting from some friends at IBM, agreed to start a real live blog. This blog right here.

    Geek Stuff: yes, of COURSE I am using the Notes 7.02 blog template. No, of COURSE I have not yet figured out all the features, so for a while this site may be less kewl than it could be (but I have access to the ultimate techsupport -- the author of the template. Thank you IBM!). I am currently using Notes 8 Beta 2 to create my content.

    Why "In Theory" as the blog banner? Well.... let me be a true narcissist and quote myself:

    In theory, theory and reality are the same.
    In reality, they're different

    Another way of saying it:

    In theory, theory and practice are the same.
    In practice, they're not.

    So, "in theory" really means, "not really"

    Did I make this up? Well, as my acquaintance Mad Dog says, "Same words, different order", as in: hardly anything is ever truly  original (unless maybe you're Bob Dylan or Siddhartha or Jimi Hendrix). I really owe this mini-rant to a high school classmate of mine, Eric Siskind . One day back in high school (no, i will NOT tell you what year it was), he said to me, "'In theory' means 'not really'". I thought about it, and realized that he was correct. Many years later I exapnded Eric's original declaration to what you see above, and began using it in conference presentations and training sessions.

    I like it, and it has a lot of applicability to software theory (!) and practice. So, Eric, if you're out there, thanks!

    1Volker Weber  04/02/2007 6:32:34 PM  As you may recall from my previous post...

    It' was about time. :-)

    2Paul Gaudion  04/03/2007 6:01:42 PM  G’day from Melbourne Australia

    Hi Bob

    I have your book, found it here at my current work place (Ford Motor Company of Australia) as a discarded book from an exiting developer. I have read the first chapter and am enthralled.

    All the best for your up coming life at IBM. I'll be listening/watching/contributing where I can.

    Cheers, Paul Gaudion

    3Bob Balaban  04/03/2007 6:25:21 PM  re: G’day from Melbourne Australia

    You found my book! Kewl!

    Save it! Next time I'm in Melbourne I'll buy you a beer and sign the book for you :-)

    4J. Marcelo Fascio  04/09/2007 1:23:11 PM  As you may recall from my previous post...

    Hi!! I appreciate your effort! I wish you success!

    Where do I start to make suggestions? :)


    5starrow  05/08/2007 9:38:28 AM  As you may recall from my previous post...

    energetic,funny,cute--that's what I feel about you from your special explanation about "In Theory".I think you must be very content while writing these words.