Varsity Bookmarking: My Job Pt.1 — I have no idea... →
pieratt: I am the CEO of Svpply, Inc., a social shopping S-Corp operating out of New York City. My company has been the recipient of over half-a-million in investor dollars, for the stated purpose of building an unknown, 3,000-member web service into a cultural phenomenon, and I truly have very little…
15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee →
Public Pools in Los Angeles →
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to...– Reinhold Niebuhr
I don’t know why I thought this was a good idea, but I’ve started playing around with learning Esperanto. There are a surprising number of programmers that are involved in the community surrounding the language. Kind of cool
rickyv: After hearing Matt Damon’s brilliant comparison of a Sarah Palin presidency to a bad Disney movie, I called up Sam and said “Let’s make a trailer for what that movie would look like.” Within hours, Dan and Amir were writing it, Ben and the CHTV crew were casting and producing it, and two weeks later, here it is. Digg?
PaklSound1 is one of the funnest iPhone apps I’ve found
I’ve extended this (with limited testing) to allow for validation of a string. If you have a model that is generation templates (as I am) then getting a AC::Response is not really desirable. http://gist.github.com/9300
REXML wrapping and rcov
I recently ran in to some problems trying to get Rcov to run on a new code base I’m working with. Admittedtly a few of the files are far longer that I’d like, but a standard xml library should deal with such things gracefully. Unfortunately, REXML will throw all sorts of nastiness on pretty.rb:131. The problem is that the wrap function: a) doesn’t handle a few corner cases...
Rock on! →
I’m getting excited about this. Finally, an opportunity for sane leadership. America, don’t disappoint me again.
Ruby BDB and You.
I just got through tearing my hair out to get this to work finally. I hope that this is useful to anyone out there that doesn’t want to install ruby from MacPorts and already has the latest BerkeleyDB installed. The problem is that to install the ruby BDB bindings you need to build it from source. I used 0.6.5 from ftp://moulon.inra.fr/pub/ruby/. If you have bekeley db installed...
TWC is lazy: Part 2, Episode 6
So did I mention that Time Warner Cable has completely undermined my trust and confidence in them. I was almost feeling sorry for them. I was starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel and expecting that there truly would be a day where I would have Internet at my home and it would be provided by Time Warner Cable. I have lost all hope. My initial sympathy for TWC started when an...
TWC is lazy
I just tried calling tech support to get my cable modem working. I call using skype and I get a message telling me that because my inbound number is out of state they don’t know how to route my call. Then they ask me to hang up and try again from a local phone. WTF! I’ll be happy to enter in a local number so you can route me. I’m in your SoCal LA North Division, will that...
Rake Bash Completion, FTW →
For the OS X console, but should work for most versions of Bash. Drop in your ~/.profile
Nationwide killed my autopay
I found out today that Nationwide cancelled my Auto policy because back in February they killed my autopay. When I asked them about it the lady said that it did look like those were EFTs but that they didn’t have an agreement signed by me. Based on all of the confusion and the 10 minutes on hold while investigating I think they messed up. Note to self: Don’t trust Nationwide to bill...
Twitter Said To Be Abandoning Ruby on... →
It’s pretty clear that people are clueless about where Rails is now as far as performance. And as far as I can tell there has been nothing but unanimous agreement from the Twitter people that they are not changing their technology. This smells of FUD. What does Arrington have against Rails anyways.
Dopplr will calculate your carbon footprint
I’ve been using Dopplr for quite a while now and I just recently noticed a new tab they added to my profile page. This new feature looks at your travel schedule retroactively and in to the future and estimates your carbon footprint. I also noticed that when creating new trips you can select your method of travel (airplane, car, train). I’m assuming this is to more accurately...
Developer's Guide - Google Chart API - Google Code →
Was shown this last week. Sweet idea.
OpenSocial... 50% there
I’m starting to really see the gaps in OpenSocial. That is, the difference between 0.5 and 1.0. I think a lot of people are forgetting that this is not even a complete spec. For example, as a OpenSocial application you need to have a notion of “streams”, which in turn have an idea of “folders” in which you create new actions. The REST API makes no mention of this...
Europe, meet Amazon S3
Amazon announced today that they are opening a new datacenter in Europe. This datacenter will be playing host to a new European S3. The goal of this move was to address the concerns that the AWS suite of services were not well suited for global users. S3 has been getting some negative reviews by many Europeans as idealistic and impractical with the primary justification being the terrible...
OpenSocial and Ruby
OpenSocial was released late in the evening on Thursday, November 1st with much fanfare. MySpace is now boasting an API, as does Orkutt, and LinkedIn among many others. This is great! Facebook has revolutionized social widgets with the release of their API. Its exciting to see the possibility of expanding the coverage of these widgets across all of the major (and minor) networks. ELC...
New before_filter semantics
Something I posted on the ELC Tech Blog at: here It looks like Rails 2.0 will no longer pay attention to the return value of before_filters. Currently, in our Pre-Rails 2.0 world, before_filters stop processing a request when they encounter a return value of false. You may recognize the common pattern: redirect_to new_session_path && return false Rails 2.0 won’t require a...
If this is what sends me to hell, God’s not paying attention.– Toby Keller
A situation may be lopsided, but never one-sided.– Sarah Shoff
El Lobo Klinker– Nicolás Santa