facebook can go to hell

February 11, 2008

I’ve gotten some mileage out of Facebook. I caught up with a few old friends, whom I otherwise would’ve never heard from. That’s about it. I actually appreciate that a lot, but the rest of Facebook can really just go to Hell.

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be like rjbs!

February 6, 2008

A few other CPAN authors have already uploaded bundles that install all the modules they want to have around before they start working. This has always seemed like a good idea, but with all the re-installing of perl I’ve been doing lately, it’s finally hit home just how much time I can save.

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audible.com itunes stupidity

February 4, 2008

Ages ago, I got an Audible membership. Three days each week, I walk about half an hour to the bus and about half an hour home. For most of the year, I can spend that time reading a book. In the winter, though, it’s just too cold. My fingers freeze, even if I read with one hand in my pocket and switch back and forth. Audible sells audiobooks, and I can listen to them on my iPod while I walk. They have a subscription model where get one or two credits each month, and each credit can be exchanged for one book. Sometimes, this is an okay deal: you pay $15 per month and get a $25 copy of the abridged version of a popular novel. Sometimes, it is a great deal: you get a $40 copy of a twenty-five hour classic.

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a bad day for fingers

February 4, 2008

Earlier today, I shaved my face. At one point during the routine, I noticed that a lot of hair had collected under the blade and wasn’t rinsing out. Rather than wipe perpendicular to the blade, I tried to clear the razor by running my index finger across it. What was I thinking? I didn’t even draw blood, but I have a nice slice across my fingertip now.

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beer bread: make some

February 1, 2008

How on Earth have I not yet written anything about how good beer bread is, and how easy it is to make, and how everyone should make more of it?

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git: you're explaining it wrong

January 25, 2008

I switched from Subversion to Git entirely, shortly after YAPC last year. Now I only use svn for work and other people’s projects, and even that is because I’m just way too lazy to bother witching to git-svn just yet.

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reinstalling leopard: not so bad

January 25, 2008

So, I don’t use Apple’s Mail.app very much. Actually, I detest it. Still, you know, I’m an email geek. Every once in a while, I get a bug that says something like, “Apple Mail is doing something totally insane, and only you can help us, Rik!” Well, that’s how I like to read the bug reports, anyway. It makes me feel like more of a superhero, even while doing my secret identity thing behind a terminal.

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upgrading my macbook's hard drive fails to be as easy as pie

January 23, 2008

Before the semiannual Big Mac Announcements, I was thinking that I might buy a new laptop. I was half suspecting that we’d see a subnotebook – something like a Duo or even more like the 12” PowerBook. I wanted something narrower than the MacBook, as that would make it a bit easier to use on the bus, if someone sits beside me. Unfortunately, the new MacBook Air isn’t any narrower, but is a good bit more expensive, so I skipped replacing my MacBook. Instead, I spent about .5% its original purchase price on nearly tripling its storage, which is the only limitation that I bump into much.

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