Hey. I want to say something. Happy Thanksgiving. This is a great holiday. This year, it was a lot better than last, when I ate turkey sandwiches in my lonely apartment in Maine. Don’t blame my poor parents — it was my fault. Anyways, this year was great! Was with the Loomis Family (aka the Loominati) and it was swell.
Except from RailsSpace:
It may seem like we’re cheating a bit here; after all, the refactored function is so much more compact only because we brushed the code complexity dust under an abstraction layer rug. This practice doesn’t necessarily result in less total code, so does it really do us any good? Absolutely — even when they don’t save us any lines of code, abstraction layers reduce the mental overhead of programming by allowing us to ignore irrelevant details and focus on higher-level constructs. Of course, by eliminating or preventing code duplication, abstraction layers nearly always result in fewer lines of code as well.
Here’s a simple design issue that I see done wrong again and again. You know what I’m talking about: picture galleries and the ‘next’ buttons. So you’re looking photos of something cool. Like this one. You don’t want to spend so much time on each one, and you’d like to be able to maximize the number that you see in hopes of seeing one that catches your eye. Sure, it’s rapid-fire, but don’t blame me. I like clicking things.
But if the pictures are variable-sized, and the ‘next’ button is at the bottom of the image, then clicking through the gallery is hard. I have to move my mouse. Why do I have to move my mouse? Is it to better appreciate each photo? No, it isn’t, because the time spent is just wasted on moving my mouse, not on the photo. Putting the ‘next’ button on top of the image (or both ends) is so logical: no moving the mouse. Just clicking.
So there will be seven of us going to Diznee Wurld in December, marking our second pilgrimage. A lot of people question our faith to the mouse kingdom. It’s a good question and I hope to figure it out someday. There’s a fine line between fandom and obsession, however, and what I always say to people is that if you think I’m obsessed with Disney, I’d like for you to meet some people on the internet. Within the last year I’ve discovered the Disney online community, and man, let me tell you, are they from the internet.
So this year we’re trying something new. Last year on the last night we all wore Santa hats to pledge our solidarity with each other, Disney, German biergartens, consumerism, and looking weird. I must say that despite my best efforts at maintaining a cool, indy edge about the whole thing, I was just embarrassed (but later rallied). Solidarity this year will come in the form of a group t-shirt. This is a difficult thing to accomplish. We have high comedic standards but low creative juice. My dad’s very snarky, and occasionally I will be too, and my sister just sent out some great potential graphics for the shirt. Here’s to making neon orange family vacation Walt Disney World t-shirts with style.
“Seabass on the facebook. Oh how the mighty have fallen.”
“Holy s**t…Seabass, you have truly hit rock bottom.”
“facebook aye? thats so emo.”
“I feel like I don’t even know you anymore. What next- you like Romney for president?”
“A Facebook account? Is this a cry for help or something?”
So last night it finally happened; I joined the 50 million+ (200,000+ a day) network behemoth facebook (which, by the way Mom, you can join too). I can’t say it was my idea; it was mainly Mark (Hendrickson) and Kate’s, with the help of Rock (Mark M.). Beer played a part. But my real weak-willed-ness came from not from intoxication or peer cajoling, but from sheer curiosity. Facebook is the thing on the web right now, its hottest property, and now calling myself a startup dude, I’ve been feeling the need to check it out. Not only is facebook the hottest thing, but the buzz in the valley that developing for the network, aka creating a facebook ‘app’, is what’s lucrative and promising these days. I mean, 200 thousand people a day are joining facebook; why not join the craze?
Regardless, the transition has not come smoothly. Initially, I wanted to join with my still functioning bowdoin.edu address. Not that it’ll stay active for very long, but registering with my bowdoin address gives me full stalker access to every student, current and past, who once shared a room in one of the Bowdoin bricks. In other words, I can visit their ‘profiles’ without being their ‘friends’. Pretty fun.
Sadly, there is a hiccup. While I can still access my account, and all other email still forwards to me from bowdoin, for some reason the facebook emails will not go through. George, a nBiter who works at IT, says it has something to do with ‘UTF-7′ and gmail. And more unfortunately, when Bowdoin switched to a new email system, email forwarding no longer saves a local copy on Bowdoin’s servers; it just deletes it (wtf?).
In sum; I have facebook. I have no updated information (save what Mark put in for me), a few friends (NZ’ers mainly!), and I don’t even have a picture up yet. Once I get this bowdoin thing sorted, I’m fully ready to assimilate into the social network I should have joined three years ago. Such is the internet. You’re always finding things that everyone else found a long time ago. Just to think that somewhere out there someone is just discovering the star wars kid.
My definition of a nice night is to spend it on instantdomainsearch.com looking up domains that it would be cool to have. Here are some I found tonight:
swillr.com (as well as swilld.com)
boir.com (a four-letter domain name!)
ltimate.com (so you can do u.ltimate.com)
asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdf.com (seriously, asdfasdfasdfasdfasdfasdf.com is taken)
So, I finally have IMAP. And it’s on the iPhone. This is so huge. Pop through the iPhone sucked (apparently, according to Mark, just using the m.gmail site is the way to go).
Here’s the only rub: it’s not clear on the iPhone that some mail has been pre-filtered. So, I have to choose which folder I want a message to go into instead of just clicking ‘archive’. Plus, from the main inbox screen, I can’t archive — I have to look at the message (which takes long load time, sometimes on EDGE).
Still, good stuff.