Monthly Archives: February 2016

Movie Clips & Quotes


I have wanted (needed) this for years, so I figured I would finally create a post. In many situations, a movie quote or a scene from a Seinfeld episode will go through my head. I figured I may as well link some of them somewhere, so here it is. These are not in any order and I have made no effort to prevent spoilers.

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

What’s your assessment of this alert? (gunny)…It’s a cluster…

I am not a fan of the F-Bombs, but his movie brings back so many memories and much of it is exactly as I remember, including the F-Bombs.


Pale Rider (1985)

There’s nothing like a nice piece of hickory

We Were Soldiers

Take care of your men … and don’t call me grandpa



Larry Bird vs. Michael Jordan – Nothing but net

Somebody was going on and on the other day about how one thing affected another thing, and yet another thing. All I could think of was this old commercial where they are standing on the Sears tower and they say, “off the expressway … over the river … off the billboard … through the window … off the wall … nothing but net


Night Shift (1982)

This movie has so many lines, I should probably create a separate page for it. It is some early Michael Keaton at his best. It wasn’t easy to see Henry Winkler in this role, since he was the Fonz in my mind. However, he delivers some pretty good lines too.

Prostitution scene

By 1982 standards, I would guess this should have a viewer warning but if you have watched TV in the past 10 years, I am pretty sure you have seen much worse.


Mr Mom (1985)

220 / 221 … Whatever it takes


Volunteers (1985)

What was time again?

I always think of this one when I get twisted around on my words…


Bambi (1942)

If you can’t say something nice…


A Few Good Men (1992)

We Follow Orders or People Die

This is one of the best movies. It is chock-full of quotes.


Because they stand on a wall


You Can’t Handle the Truth!

This clip is full of great lines.
Jessep: You want answers?
Kaffee (Tom Cruise): I think I’m entitled to them.
Jessep: You want answers?
Kaffee: I want the truth!
Jessep: You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives…You don’t want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.
We use words like honor, code, loyalty…we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use ’em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I’d rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to!


a good excuse

Kaffee: Excuse me, sorry I’m late.
Capt. Whitaker: That’s alright, Danny, I know you don’t have a good excuse, so I won’t force you to come up with a bad one.
Kaffee: Thank you, sir.

Office Space (1999)

What would you say…you do here?

Another classic. I have people skills!!!


The Hunt for Red October (1990)

Speak your mind Jack

In a recent Yammer discussion, a supervisor type person asked for feedback on an idea. While the easy (and possibly wise) thing to do would have been to keep my opinion to myself, I went a different route. I prefer open and honest communication. It doesn’t have to be brutal truth, but things just seem to function so much better when we can freely share ideas. Afterwards, I sort of felt like Jack in this scene.


The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

We Dont Need No Stinkin Badges!

I have heard this quote from my first days in IT. Anytime the discussion centers around something we don’t have, this comes to mind.


Crimson Tide ( 1995)

Preserve Democracy, not practice it

This reminds me of the saying, “Salute and Execute”. There are times where this is the only right answer. I guess I had never really thought about this until I heard this line. The brave men and women that defend our country follow orders. Life in the military is far from democratic, but that is exactly what they fight to defend.

Bravo Hunter…You new to shut up and enjoy the view

I am often reminded of this scene when I in a room and somebody else walks in. Most people feel some form of “small talk” is required. It isn’t by me. If I had something I wanted to say, I would say it. But, I don’t feel the need to talk about the weather just because we happen to be in the same room, elevator, or whatever.


Jerry Maguire (1996)

Brutal truth

Avery: What was our deal when we first got together? Brutal truth. Remember?
Jerry: I think you added the “brutal.”

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

I want to live again!

It is strange that this is how I felt after I got my internet working again at home. I was getting 4-5 Mbit and living with it. Once I found and replaced the bad switch, I was back to 60-70 Mbits! It reminds me of the time I was able to get nearly all the 640K of RAM in my computer and I was so excited I want to share the good news with my wife. She just shrugged. 🙂
Anyways, after being on a crawling network for a few days, it is awesome to be back to “normal”.


Days of Thunder (1990)

Now y’all heard of a “Japanese Inspection” …

Have you ever asked somebody for somthing that was “time critical?”. When I do, this clip comes to mind…


Microservices – my recent journey


I have been watching videos and reading for the past couple months about Microservices. It is very timely, since I have been doing maintenance work on a monolith project, parts of which are more than 10 years old.

I wanted to create this page to have a place to reference some of the material I have found along the way.

Mastering Chaos – A Netflix Guide to Microservices

It is always good to gain more insight into how things work at Netflix. In this video, Josh Evans covers this history of the early Netflix to today, and some of where it is headed.

Little Boy Dominoes Topple Out of the Tent

Ok, this one is not so much about Microservices as it is just 24 seconds of funny. I saw this video as part of a talk where the lady was making the point that we don’t realize the impact of design decisions unless we measure (or in this case watch) our product (API) being used. The mom laughing as she films it and the final boy make me laugh every time.


Spotify Engineering Culture part 1


Spotify Engineering Culture part 2


Challenges in Implementing MicroServices

This video is from Fred George. I have it set to begin where he starts talking about rivers, streams, and ponds. From there, he blends into the car rental application which is a great example of an incremental application.

Here is an expanded and more recent version of that same talk.


Microservices • Martin Fowler


A Day in the Life of a Netflix Engineer


Microservices @ Spotify

Kevin Goldsmith going into more detail about how Spotify uses Microservices.


Microsoft Azure Service Bus Brokered Messaging Deep Dive

Alan Smith – the same guy that does the PluralSight course on the same subject. With the speed of Azure, this may be a little dated, but I think the majority of it still applies.

Agile is Dead • Pragmatic Dave Thomas


Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell

This is the same guy that did the Spotify culture videos.


“The Eight Fallacies of Distributed Computing”

by Stephen Asbury. I liked this video where he is trying to shed some light on the issues of distributed computing. He is not saying, “Don’t do it”. Instead, I think he is just helping to remind us of the things to be aware of and code for.


Wunderlist – Chat Fowler

From Homogeneous Monolith to Radically Heterogeneous Microservices Architecture


Applying the Saga Pattern

Caitie McCaffrey


Patterns and Practices for Real-World Event-Driven Microservices

This lady is from Jet (that wants to compete with Amazon) and they are a big Azure and F# shop


Juval Lowy on Microservices

This is a very smart guy talking about Microservices and how to think of them. The volumne is a little low, but it is definately worth watching.