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My predictions for 2011: there's going to be more of everything.
Starting the new prime year on a high.
Indeed. Except for that lame 'woot' at the end.
@refractalize So you're from Perth? I've spent six amazing years there: the bestest place ever! More pics please?
.@marick @polgfred Believers gonna believe.
Whoever coined “Global Warming” must be having second thoughts. When afraid of ending up with some freaky weather, name it “Freaky Weather”.
, and it's totally pointless anyways but this happens if one ignores the Holy Script! See
@pl4n3 A heartwarming movie, a real gem. Too bad, it's such a rarity. My first Blueray disk - still have no player though!
Why would anyone in their right mind want to host on Windows?
Playmate Barbie aka the definition of tautology.
@pl4n3 Forgot another rare virtue: it's calm. They're not rushing it, there's a Tarkovsky grade serenity. – Now I want to watch it again:-)
Too many appear to be getting this wrong, so let me assert it once and for all: the two hardest problems in computing are Off by One Errors.
Let me see… Is there a Finder Replacement category? RT @iA Introducing the Mac App Store:
RT @natpryce “Dependency Injection” Considered Harmful:
IOC good, DI bad, code is King.
The amount of things that make no sense but are unavoidable just keeps on growing. Daylight saving, EU, Java frameworks. This spells trouble
What is that drink Starbucks sells instead of coffee and what do they make it from?
What is that thing McDonalds sells instead of burgers and what do they make it from?
How is it possible that no one bought ARM yet?
Well, yeah, I'm still on hols with the family. Fun times are tiresome though.
+1 RT @claymill I'm kind of disturbed that this blog has so much material less than 24 hours into the Mac App Store.
And that's why I use duckduckgo. RT @markhneedham @joelg87 “Google, the once essential tool, is somehow losing its edge.”
Optimizing for the 1%: RT @kirstinbutler U.S. passports to replace “Mother” and “Father” with “Parent 1” and “Parent 2”
Going to reread “Collapse of Complex Societies” to check whether EROEI applies in the case of correctness-driven optimizations for the 1%.
Should I be envious? Right now I kind of am. RT @mfeathers A jaw-dropping article about parenting:
Well then, that was my first tweet with Twittelator. My beloved TwitBird is buggy more often than not nowadays. The fallback remains Osfoora
Re. education. Slacking off will make you lose - sooner or later. On the other hand, I have doubts about children under drill. I am confused
RT @markhneedham RT @mathewi: if you read WSJ piece on Chinese mothers, also read this, especially @christinelu's answer:
Btw. just played a bit with the font selection of Twittelator. What are those crappy, unusable fonts doing on my iPhone? Who put them there?
Also, it beats me just why any other fonts but Helvetica are on the iPhone. I tried pretty much all of them and none are nearly as readable.
I've just tried all iPhone clients. Dear #lazyweb, is it possible that only TwitBird displays the unread count of multiple accounts? Fail:-/
“When a civilization abandons its morality, no rationalization can be devised to justify its continued existence.” from
RT @carlfish Java classloading. Positioned somewhere on the map between “Here be dragons” and “Abandon hope ye who enter”
Not having done it, I'm mentally projecting the ways pair programming may and may not work. Getting more images of the 'not' kind. E.g.: …
“Pair programming is a balancing act between managing code and managing the pair that you’re working with.”
“Logic cannot formulate in quite the same way that it does in one, totally focussed brain.”
“When I was at the keyboard, I got dumber.”
Sounds even worse, because I know it from experience, I'd end up like that.
Then there's the limited mentoring potential (something I was hoping for), the people factor (something I was afraid of) and the noise.
Pair programming - my considered gut feeling : 0 - 1.
@marick Don't get me wrong, I'm willing to try it – am just trying to figure out, how to start with the least chance of things going awry.
@marick Please read on, I'll try to summarise some of my (perhaps peculiar) concerns…
PairProg: I'm afraid of losing the space for free roaming ideas, brief or (if time permits) longer researches and meandering experiments.
PairProg: I'm wary of a potential short-sighted focus on narrow-minded productivity without the view to the integrity of the whole product.
PairProg: I'd hate living in the straightjacket of full alignment of personal time patterns (which just like sleep come with tides and lows)
PairProg: I may be peculiar but I find it good like that – and have learned to be more worried of conformists, i.e. those not peculiar.
And the search results are good - duckduckgo FTW! RT @raganwald: Google tracks you. We don't. An illustrated guide.
@haruki_zaemon Good on you. I'm hoping for the same for myself. Still feel that the outcome depends on the personalities involved though.
@haruki_zaemon Sorry, oversaw your first sentence. Personal it is:-)
- pair programming is an addiction?
@jamesladd @haruki_zaemon Pair programming to Sinatra? FTW! I'd love to - also, because I miss Oz - but I'm several continents away:-(
@marick Thanxalot for all the advices, will keep them in mind. Btw. is it OK to start with half day sessions only, to allow post-processing?
Courtesy of recommendations by kind softwareists, the current score is: Pair programming - my considered and adjusted gut feeling : 1 - 1.
I'll be coding again soon: good. In a Java project: ahem. I'll get to run a TDD workshop: good. With not much time to prepare: ahem. (2 - 2)
@pl4n3 I'm a fan of white teas. Refreshing, lighter than rooibos and supposedly good for you. Tea ceremonies are the perfect break at work.
Must memorise this… RT @codinghorror: “My software never has bugs. It just develops random features.”
New HP desktop, headphone out is wobbly: wtf. Found new iPhone cover, about to order it: yay. The Fall are still worth listening to: wow.
While Hudson is held hostage, Jenkins jumps ship. RT @hudsonci: Hudson's future
I wonder how did Facebook or Google react? RT @daringfireball Ryan Singel: ‘Twitter’s Response to WikiLeaks Subpoena …’:
The glorious boys and their cunning master probably forgot to add subpoenas to their interpretation of “do no evil”. Clever hypocrites.
When people ask why I don't work at Google, they're surprised that I consider them just as revolting as Microsoft, but a lot more dangerous.
@stevie_chambers You made me worry for a moment there but I've just checked and: he didn't follow me. Or do you feel that Google is The Eye?
@stevie_chambers Tools: good. Hidden agenda: scary. Hypocrisy: appalling. They should improve search instead - it's only getting worse.
“No-one wants your steenking software” RT @martinfowler: … examination of the software craftsmanship idea:
Proof of the monopol of Google search? How they totally stopped developing it. It's all like IE6 again - is duckduckgo going to be firefox?
That Software Craftsmanship paper by @tastapod is totally worth reading:
Software Craftsmanship didn't take off because it's navel-gazing.
Kudos to Brisbane Times: the site is snappy and up to date. Relatives live high though so I should probably calm down and go to bed instead.
I would *not* have liked one of the programs in Tron:Legacy to have been a guy just standing there and dumping core all the time.
Dear Oracle, to save us lots of tedious renaming, please let go of Hudson (which as a hollow shell won't bring much profit to you anyways).
@will_sargent Yeah, it isn't black-or-white but
resonated with my feelings on the manifesto too in many ways. Had to:-)
Maven has been downloading the internet for about an hour now. I'm watching the log view and silently worry that it might run out of lines.
Seriously now. What's wrong with software? The Eiffel Tower doesn't have this many screws and bolts! Wasting bits is pollution too.
@bramcohen Or rather, the one they use on the touch screen.
The best modern music in the universe is to be had at
@jamesladd Yeah, LOLZ, they don't even teach them Roman numerics at school anymore:-)
My good times will come when the brightness of LCDs will actually span a range with a noticeable difference between darkest and brightest.
It turns out, there's no dental coverage in the health insurance in Switzerland. Aka the land of most expensive dentists ever. Uncheerful:-/
@dcouvering That would only hsppen in a *truely* free market economy. I.e. in fairytales:-)
There are so many layers of protectionalism in economy and lobbying in politics, it's surprising our “capitalist democracies” are tolerated.
So I'll have to condense three books' worth of material into a half-day course. Inclusive some training. Suicide mission or radiant victory?
@codinghorror It's about time for the next one to be called
@tottinge I'll have to watch out not to rush it. Keep it in the awareness & orientation zone and not go into information overload. Methinks.
@codinghorror But if all I have on me is the iPhone? Then at least add
! With colors and funny noises!!!
Interesting how this rim.jobs meme keeps on reappearing every week or so.
I think I've gone insane. Just blocked the most gorgeous babe ever! Now it will torment me forever: what if she was really interested in me?
Perhaps I'm not a nerd (I mean not a nerdy dog with a strange singing disease) after all but an actually interesting and attractive person?
Btw. because most of you probably don't know it: my name is Vince and I suffer from Random Pavarotti Disease. And no, it's not infectious.
@counternotions Come on, it's an easy job. I'd just say “we're lying hypocrites but so are you so let's get in bed”.
Today my fate takes me to wrestle a yak that goes by many names. Some call it “A Messy Enterprise Project”. Others, “The Hellhole of Maven”.
And no, that's definitely no yak shaving any more. Wrestling the hairy (and smelly) beasts is infinitely less fun.
What does it tell us that every solution comes with even bigger problems of its own? 1: Wrong problem. 2: Wrong approach. 3: Wrong solution.
So what is the equivalent of The Mighty Boosh nowadays?
If you know of someone else on twitter let me know: according to Dunbar I've got an opening in my follow list.
Half of all EU laws make no sense at all: RT @andy_pols I've joined the fish fight
This eu law make no sense at all
What else has Google given the world? The realisation that Netscape vs. Microsoft wasn't the end of corporations corrupting web standards:-/
God, I live the morning hours when the US is not awake yet. I actually get to read stuff but tweets.
Since when is Animal Collective shopping mall music?!?
At the children's book section today: illustrated Bibles, memoirs of Justin Bieber and vampire romances. I worry for the future.
If I were King, I'd order everything to close on Sundays. Yes, the internets too. No, not for religious reasons.
Is there a small to mid-sized sample Ruby (not Rails) project somewhere with tests?
Yay, fonts! Wait … No monotype? What are they good for? RT @Vaguery: actually quite deeply and broadly geeked by this
@jamesladd Thanks, I'll check it out at work!
@haruki_zaemon I'm preparing a unit testing course and thought of doing the exercises on an actual project.
SourceForge is where projects go to die.
@haruki_zaemon Yeah, hamsters are often like that. Thanks anyways:-)
I'm all for fonts and for paying for the software I use, but dear Pragmata: 70 euros is way out of the reasonable zone.
Plugins can be added to Eclipse by copying them into a 'dropin' folder but can't be removed? Even stackoverflow has only despair on offer:-(
Actually, that should've been a flaming mad smiley.
@haruki_zaemon Easy to drive (run/demo) and tests with ample space for playing around with fixture styles and double types.
@alblue Thanks, will check it out. Have a workspace that was set up with Subclipse but will get rid of it b/c it collides with my SVN client
@davetron5000 That would add another layer of abstraction and I'm going in on the shallow end. (I need exercises for a unit testing course)
@davetron5000 There ain't no such thing as 'too small' where I'm right now. Just need an engine for showing fixture and double variations.
@plogfred Just don't tell this to the astronauts:-)
I prefer this to the Manifesto: RT @unclebobmartin: Software Craftsmanship: What it's all about.
Will it install without admin rights? Will it work behind corporate proxies? Etc. RT @Eccra: How awesome is this!
Been fighting with Ruby in Eclipse all day. Seriously, people: things are in a shameful state of affairs. Ever heard of “it just works”? No.
All this half-baken hobbyware won't take us far if various infrastructural edge-cases won't be covered. You know, the 80% in the 80/20 rule.
@Eccra No worries, I wasn't addressing the questions to you. Just spent a day trying to get a Ruby setup going and it involved smelly yaks:)
If you need to know how to get gem working behind an authorized firewall, contact me. I found the one page on the internet that explains it.
Seriously, internet: you're way too high on quantity and way too low in quality. I know, it's in your nature, still. I'm disappointed.
Here's what I learned today: whoever's going to invent a semantic redundancy eliminator for the web, is going to be filthy rich. Deservedly.
@jamesladd Clicked through tens of pages prescribing the same lame simple case solutions in the search to for some advanced troubleshooting.
@jamesladd Important and relevant information on the web is like a needle in a haystack.
@mfeathers And beloved! I'll love him/her/it, anyways:-)
@jamesladd Ah, yet another topical-graphical-navigator? Let's hope this one's for the 21st century. Or 22nd. Thanx, I'll ask Ken tomorrow:-)
@jamesladd The real help would be if someone deleted all those pages parroting useless crap. Then the internet would fit on a floppy disk:-D
Courtesy of Twitter I now follow more personal blogs than ever: 172. Yay for information overload!
Discovered, that Readability can be used for printing blogs that otherwise break FF. Now, let's think of something else to fill this to 140.
Reading a book that uses the same font (Times?) for everything, incl. code and diagrams. And I mean extensive code. And I paid money for it.
If I still love Ruby despite the abuses I suffered from its various children yesterday, it must mean that a) Ruby rocks or b) I'm an idiot.
@coreyhaines So is Groupon running some Ponzi scheme then?
If all you have is a nail, you won't be able to hammer it into a wall.
Because “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Unit Testing in Half a Day” was too easy to prepare, now I'll explain concurrency in 30 mins
My plans for the weekend (evenings) are as follows. Tonight: working, Saturday: whisky, Sunday: working. Real life appears to be losing 1:2.
The programming language I'll design will follow the “if it hurts, you're doing it wrong” mantra of TDD. Meaning: it won't have exceptions.
@polgfred No, surprisingly I've got the feeling there's no need for that. Two underlying reasons: no invisible zipping through and no gotos.
ACTA is scary. See
for what they're up to and what you can do about it.
Also, for anyone not having forgotten how to follow feeds, I profoundly recommend to subscribe to
The upside of there being plenty of historic Buddhist teachers is that I'm not in danger of running out of password material.
I'd prefer new Young Ones, but won't complain… RT @AlanBaxter: OMFG. New series of Red Dwarf!
@alblue Finished my “Authoritative Concurrency Legendarium In 30 Minutes”. And definitely don't feel like working any more over the weekend.
@alblue And what I meant by that: kudos to you:-)
TV? Internet? Visual Basic? RT @counternotions: … over past 20,000 years, avg brain of … humans … shrank 10-15%
And I like !so (stackoverflow). RT @tooky: so I like duckduckgo.com - needed a search to be google uk so I tried !googleuk and it worked
@Vaguery It's worth the effort:-) On the other hand, the DVD of my (very British) family (Rex the Runt) is Region 1. My own family memories!
Just spent some rather long time in a large room decorated with three giant Nympheas by Monet. Seriously thorough recreational activity.
Dear EMC, creator of the RSA SecurID token generator: I hereby nominate you for the Least Ergonomic Gadget Ever price. You deserve to win it
Why am I not trending?!?
RT @cratylus: Nothing that doesn't come from the centre of your soul is worth jack shit.
I so wanted to love Console.exe - it can e.g. be resized horizontally - but then it loses the bottom row after resizing vertically:-/
Yeah, I know: I didn't contribute so I'll shut up.
OK, so it turns out that the MySQL prompt messed up the Console window. Glad to go back: I love transparency!
Thou shalt not use patterns thou can not arriveth at naturally.
A good read. RT @rgaidot: SSL is not about encryption
Yet again, the C# notation of usage-centric in/out seems more intuitive than the subject-centric super/extends of Java for co(ntra)variance.
The advantage of Ruby is that it's moving ahead. In other words, something's constantly broken. I'm torn in a love-hate relationship - help!
I wonder whether all the people welcoming the current revolts did think about what usually follows in places like that. Hint: not democracy.
And the total cost grows exponentially! RT @projectileboy: Every layer of abstraction, every level of indirection, has a value, and a cost.
I wonder where “Report Spam” lands in Twitter. Hopefully not in /dev/null.
And I guess I'm the only one in the Universe who has a problem with Ruby's
being relative path at times. Thanks for the great docs.
Is it that people write buggy code or that they're be ashamed of the ugliness of File.absolute_path(File.dirname(
I refuse to add that fugliness to my Ruby files - I'll rather mess with RUBYLIB instead. Seriously: is Ruby enterprise ready?
Oh, and forgot to mention: couldn't get any of the Eclipse based Ruby environments running on the locked down corporate boxes we to live on.
But it's not all doom: I prepared a quite decent vim-like setup with a handmade test wrapper watchdog - in batch! Time to get some sleep…
I'm as meta as it gets.
Usability fail: a context menu that pretty soon won't fit any more vertically on the screen. Solution by experts: make it wrap or scroll:-(
Rearranging the Roman Numerals kata so that it avoids the huge logic explosion (10% to 90% in completeness) isn't easy. But I shall prevail.
Your clever quote of someone else is not clever.
Managed to flatten the complexity growth of the Roman Numerals kata to 10% - 50% - 90%. Not quite perfect, but way better. Want to know how?
I take much delight in supporting the local economy of Bunnahabhain.
No kudos for Matz on consistency of names though: see each_line vs swapcase in String. Makes it harder to come up with a good naming scheme.
@polgfred I don't know sh*t about them but would say that @unfolding singlehandedly makes it worth staying on tumblr:-)
My recipe for avoiding keeping all my eggs in one basket is a concerted effort to establish myself as an educator. Wow, that sounds bollocks
I'll open a software repository and only allow stuff in that's got real usability and graceful ways of failing in adversity. It'll be empty.
I'm dreaming of Scuttle delivering the features pinboard.in has. No, I don't contribute, so I won't complain. But one can dream…
I don't want to say anything bad about Eclipse but it often makes me long for vim. Because to Emacs I won't go back. I guess I'm kinda stuck.
@jamesladd Really? I may give it another try then. Did play with it once and found it not really intuitive. But then probably I'm strange:-)
For all the talk about delivering solutions, I sometimes feel we just love beautiful code. At least I do.
Dear software, your unrelenting lack of intelligible error messages troubles and disheartens me.
Anyone tweeting 'woot' is running the risk of an unfollow. (And don't get all smartypants on me: I can't unfollow myself.)
And the libraries. And the directory I've just been in. And… RT @Arlen No. *You're* the computer, *You* tell *me* where the class file is.
About to buy RubyMine to support the good cause of an independent software shop creating tools of value. And you know, I could work there;-)
I do have some problem with freetardism. People should put their money where their mouth is. In particular in software.
It's not that it's bad that Davos is going to have an influence on the world. It's just that there's nothing good we can expect from it.
I was told I'm a catalyst. And that in a good sense! I'll take the opportunity and go to a Kruder & Dorfmeister gig tonight.
And I still have a crate of LPs I should somehow rip.
@davetron5000 I find Sennheisers have correct and comfortable sound, not the clearest and definitely not exciting. Perfect work headphones:)
A business idea for free: a museum for families, with knobs and buttons that flash lights when tweaked or pressed. No other exhibits needed.
Being a nonconformist with an eye for aesthetics does have its advantages when creating presentations. Lasting imprints elude bullet points.
And as usual, I'm impressed with how expressive the results of my roman converter kata are in Ruby. I wouldn't even want to try it in Java.
The biggest lie in Spring DI samples? Code and config being neatly listed below each other. Instead of both being hidden in a maze of files!
The degree of cheating and the hidden damage of the dismemberment is enough for me to revoke the justfication of Spring DI. Hah. Like I can.
Putting something in XML is an outstanding method of obfuscating it.
Some (if not all) tech book authors must be getting paid based on the number of pages. I'll buy everything if someone starts Concise Books!
Mumford & Sons FTW!
My God, I've just realised that I wasn't yet following @apod - the site the internet's been invented for! Good to track the old buddy again.
It's not hard for me to choose between the burgeoning overcompexity of Java and the pioneering flakiness of Ruby. Avant-garde FTW!
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