March 5, 2007

Social Bookmarking Is Officially Too Social

Posted in misc at 6:17 am by lugnuthorsefly


This image is from here

Is it just me, or this getting a bit ridiculous. How many bookmarking sites do we need?


February 1, 2007

That’s not a hair question. I’m sorry.

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:43 pm by lugnuthorsefly

I’m filing this technique away for my next project postmortem…


At a news conference after the hearing, Stevens and Berdovsky stepped to the microphones and said they were taking questions only about 1970s hairstyles.

When a reporter accused them of not taking the situation seriously, Stevens responded, “We’re taking it very seriously.” Asked another question about the case, Stevens reiterated they were answering questions only about hair and accused the reporter of not taking him and Berdovsky seriously.
Reporters did not relent and as they continued, Berdovsky disregarded their queries, saying, “That’s not a hair question. I’m sorry.”

November 30, 2006

Last one, I promise :)

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:43 am by lugnuthorsefly

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
Kisses honeyed by oblivion.

November 23, 2006

More Spam Poetry

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:47 pm by lugnuthorsefly

Proove her that you love her forever!

because the Moon.

Abdikadir had tried on the smaller Eyes,

because the Moon.

I think there’s something in that for all of us.

November 17, 2006

Spam Shakespeare

Posted in misc at 12:34 am by lugnuthorsefly

Remember those old computer poetry programs that would generate random poems from a list of set phrases and words. They would mostly produce gibberish but every now and then spit out something that sounded profound.

It seems they’re now being used to try and beat Bayesian spam filters. I got an email with the following title just now:

“And be vilest men laid up, the Egyptians, and Joan “

Try saying it in your best Kenneth Branagh voice. Go on.

November 7, 2006


Posted in Uncategorized at 1:10 am by lugnuthorsefly

Check out Amazon’s idea of the ideal companion purchase for the new iPod Shuffle 🙂


September 25, 2006


Posted in Uncategorized at 4:14 am by lugnuthorsefly

Reminder to self: Even the most mundane floating point operations can be inaccurate

irb(main):030:0> str = '$2.01'
=> "$2.01"
irb(main):031:0> str =~ /\$(\d+\.\d+)/
=> 0
irb(main):032:0> $1
=> "2.01"
irb(main):033:0> ($1.to_f * 1000).to_i
=> 2009
irb(main):034:0> (($1.to_f * 1000.0) + 0.5).floor
=> 2010

July 26, 2006

Grumio est in Culina

Posted in personal at 1:11 pm by lugnuthorsefly

The things you find in your bottom drawer…


The Value of Experienced Developers

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:49 pm by lugnuthorsefly

this link on reddit caught my eye. It’s about the value of experienced developers. I find myself in agreement with the sentiment for two reasons:

1: I’m an experienced developer. The idea that I am valuable is both pleasing and correct.

2: Here’s the difference between experienced developers and new ones: experienced developers don’t spin their wheels as much. The experienced developer will fix that weird link error or memory allocation bug right away instead of spending two days on it. Why? Because they’ve seen it before, they spent two days on exactly the same bug eight years ago.

There are amazing graduate developers, of course, but how are they to be detected in the hiring process?

June 20, 2006

World Cup Fever

Posted in misc at 5:45 am by lugnuthorsefly

Listening to the news on the radio on the way to work:

“Early this morning Japan won…”

WHAT???? (PANIC! )

“…a key vote on the resumption of commercial whaling at the International Whaling Commission…”

PHEW! Only whales. For a moment there I thought it might have been about something important, like the results of the Japan Croatia match* 🙂

* Which, if you’re not following the Cup, has great bearing on whether Australia makes the second round.

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