I have a 4 Colour Pen, Fear Me Now

On the topic of how we do our thinking/wire-framing/documentation, in a wonderful thread in Leisa Reichelt’s blog….

Also here in a thread on UML vs Nothing and a post from Melissa Firth‘s shiny fresh new blog that mentions UML being used to outline the narrative of a novel and it seems that 37 Signals prefer Textas.

Personally I prefer a 4 colour Bic Pen. I have two of them and at least two notebooks in my bag at all times.


I don’t need a computer to program. I do a lot of it visually (in my head) and model algorithms with geometry/diagrams.

As I flick through my notebook and view the scribblings within, I am, for some reason, reminded of Aleister Crowley. 1 2 3

I provide the following images for you to judge for yourselves. (Click to view large version)

scribble1-small.jpg scribble2-small.jpg scribble3-small.jpg

About James McParlane

CTO Massive Interactive. Ex Computer Whiz Kid - Now Grumpy Old Guru.
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2 Responses to I have a 4 Colour Pen, Fear Me Now

  1. Emerson says:

    Ooooh, let me guess…

    1.) Your differentiating something, matricies, dy, dx, but i don’t know what.

    2.) FSA (Finite State Automata), for sure, but i can’t see the image becase you linked the wrong one.

    3.) Definately FSA still, regular expressions, thompsons construction. Your working on the one step transformation from a NFA to a DFA 🙂

    How’d i do ?

  2. 1) Close enough
    2) Wrong (link fixed)
    3) FSA, but not Thompson

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