Daily tweets

  • If I am so happy with my Firefox, why am I browsing through available extensions at 3:30am? #
  • Trying out Wizz RSS to use instead of akregator.For some reason it doesn’t want to import my OPML. #
  • I’m an idiot. Or just need sleep. Options->OPML Import->Import from file… works just fine. #
  • OK, enough fooling around. Off to bed. It’s 4:30 and I have to wake up in about 2.5 hours. Not fun, not fun at all… #
  • Good morning, Twitter! #
  • Trying out Google Gears – http://tinyurl.com/2hakgb/05/31/017216http://tinyurl.com/yqfwcc #
  • Google Reader now has a direct link to Trends, right unde4r Home/All Items/Starred/Shared. Handy. #
  • Offline mode for Google Reader w/ Gears came just in time for my trip tomorrow. Thank you, Google. #
  • Now I’m waiting for Gear support in Gmail and Gcal. That would be awesome. The world is on its track to perfection. #
  • svn –relocate FROM TO will come handy soon. #
  • Watching Twittervision. Eating a submarine sandwich. But now you know the story… #
  • Random noise in the office. Designer is looking for sounds for a new Flash animation. #
  • When I read someone’s blog post about someone’s poor writing,I wonder if they are talking about me without using my name. #

Submarine sandwich paradox

Most fun of working in a real office comes not from the actual work, but from other people in the workplace. Where else can you watch over a bunch of strange people several hours at a time? They work with you, the talk on their phones, they think, they argue, they eat and drink… they live.

Those offices that allow employees to eat a their desks or in some other tight, but shared spaces, are the most fun. It is there I spotted the submarine sandwich paradox.

For those of you living in strange places, submarine sandwich is this huge sandwich usually made from a roll of French bread. Really long. We are talking half a meter or so. Usually hot, and staffed with ham, cheese, tomatoes, and things like that. If done right, it’s a delicious lunch meal. (See Submarine sandwich at Wikipedia, but ignore the picture – it’s not representative at all).

The biggest problem with submarine sandwiches is their size. Some places have half a submarine and even a quarter of a submarine sandwich on the menu. This is how large they are. You can chop it into four pieces and each of those pieces will be larger than a monthly meal of an average person living in a poor country.

Needless to say, people who order a whole submarine sandwich for the first time get very surprised with size. All of them, and I do mean all of them say the same thing when the delivery arrives: “Oh. My. God.” It’s a combination of “I ordered just a sandwich. And I got it wrong. How could I possible not manage an order of one sandwich” with “Jez.. look at the size of this thing! Is it even possible that one person can eat all of it in one sitting?” with “Help. I need somebody’s help.” That last one was exactly what came out of The Beatles when they ordered their submarines for the first time. Later on they even released an album called “Yellow Submarine”. (See The Beatles Discography at WikiPedia).

Anyway. While each and every person gets amazed by the size of the sandwich at first time, women are usually way over the top. Their minds are blown out. This is the good moment to ask for the girl’s phone number, if you can control the urge to know what she’ll do next. Women usually seem to eat less. They also try to control themselves when it comes to unhealthy food, which submarine sandwich undoubtedly is (that much food, and especially bread, can’t be good for anyone, but the place which sold you the damn thing).

And here comes the paradox. As much as people are amazed at the size of this thing, and a total and complete confidence of that no living creature, and particularly those of homo sapience type, can eat this thing entirely in one go, you can be sure that next day they’ll want another one for lunch.

Yes, you’ve heard it right. If the submarine sandwich was made and delivered properly, an average person won’t have much difficulty finishing it with a can of coke or a cup of coffee. And they’ll love it so much that they will barely wait until they can order it again the next day. It’s huge, unhealthy, heavy, and all, but they don’t care no more. It’s a new thing. It’s a pleasure. It’s forbidden, and yet so affordable (yes, submarines are cheap usually). It’s like a toy they wanted the most in their childhood and never got…

In a few days, the excitement will pass and the sober mind will take control over the body once again. They will occasionally order the submarine again, and will even enjoy it, but it will never be the same. Ever. It’s easy to see nostalgic sadness in the eyes of many who open the delivery bag with yet another submarine. They want it to be the same. But it’s not…

Daily tweets

  • reminder: blog the appretiation thought. #
  • almost haiku: sharp as katana, brain of the samurai. was. #
  • Finished a really sweet Subversion setup with flexible permissions via AuthzSVNAccessFile. Man here: http://tinyurl.com/bnx3k.serverconfig.h #
  • I’m about to write a lengthy email to co-workers who never used source control before. Now this one will raise lots of questions… #
  • Reminder: blog about submarine sandwich first time paradox #
  • The worst spammer on our system is ‘nobody’ (apache). With 500+ PHP sites, it’s not trivial to troubleshoot the problem… #
  • Twitter now has a Replies tab showing all messages with @your_username. Handy! Found via http://twitter.com/bloggersblog #
  • Checking jooblie’s twitter friends, who are supposed to be original and smart. http://twitter.com/jooblie #
  • I’m one of those people who have more trust in open source software, even though I rarely look through the sources.There’re other paranoics. #
  • We have about 20 Christina Drakos photos on the walls in the office.B&W. Not from the site. Very nice. http://www.christinadrakos.com #
  • Olga is going to watch Pirates of the Carribian 3 today. I’ll babysit. I guess I’m getting a better treat. Now if it was for Rambo 4… #
  • @ManInBlack: I read it first as ” My wife has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning” … almost felt sorry for you. :) #
  • Today my thoughts are much shorter than 140 bytes.This one was 50 bytes. Still have another almost 40. #
  • http://flickrvision.com is too fast for my Internet connection. Pity. Will stay with Twittervision for now. #
  • @davetroy : please, please make Flickrvision image switching slower. TIA. #
  • I’ll need to revisit http://www.onebag.com/ on Friday morning. Getting ready for Ios island, Greece. #
  • I’m wondering if I should take a towel.On one hand,hotels have them.On the other – Hitchiker’s Guide to the Universe. #
  • I stand up from my chair and applaud Delta Airlines for a whole minute or so. Great job! http://twitter.com/deltaairlines #
  • “Delta Air Lines exited bankruptcy on April 30th with a New Look, a New Attitude and New Stock on Wall Street.” Indeed. #
  • I have 680 updates on Twitter.It feels like I wrote 670 today.This is not true.I would have been an A-Twitterer or something… #
  • Paid EuroVPS hosting for another 3 month.Hopefully this is enough time to find another hoster and prepare for move. #
  • Fedora 7 is coming out tomorrow. Or is it? In any case, I’ll upgrade _after_ the trip. #
  • I’m SO HAPPY that I learned shell scripting! It would have been hell sorting out this mailq otherwise. #
  • I had some wine.. so what? #
  • I love how my Firefox is setup now. It’s a pity that I’m too weak to ignore extension updates… #
  • There are 3 women pictures among my Twitter friends.2 of them feature young blondes.I find them smart.How’s that for a stereotype change. #
  • I think it’s better to work with nice people who don’t know a few things than with evil, but knowledgable people. #
  • OK, that last thing is maybe because I haven’t met that many evil people in my life.Evil AND knowledgable – even less. #
  • Ping. Pong. That’s as short as my next thought can get. “Eh?” is the personal best. #
  • Mashable ad at the bottom of Twitbin looks strange.Aren’t all Twitterers already subscribed to it anyway? #
  • One picture is a thousand words. I wonder which one is more expensive to make though… #
  • Twitter now shows tools with links instead of old web/txt/im choice. Nice. #
  • To Twitter development team: I’ll take on Replies RSS feed. Thank you very much. #
  • KDE4 looks more and more promising. Videos – http://dot.kde.org/1180541665/ #
  • Getting used to Firefox in full screen mode.How else can I make it bigger without getting a bigger laptop? #

Daily tweets

  • I’m still sitting here, glued to this chair… #
  • In less than 6 hours I have to present some of my work that I am not really proud of. No choice though… #
  • 7:20am. I’m going home for a short sleep.Meeting with client at 10:00am. Need red eye removal, but real, not Photoshop. #
  • A managed to sneak in a couple of hours of sleep, but the world still looks surrealistic. #
  • “We don’t need no education” lead me to Wikipedia’s Double negatives page. Fun. http://tinyurl.com/22c3wf #
  • Can anyone, anyone at all, tell me why am I not sleeping right now? #

Daily tweets

  • PayPal Europe moves from UK,where it is an “electronic financial institution” to Luxemburg,where it is a bank. Very cool. #
  • I’m back to the office. And what is Kataklysmos anyway? I’m not diving for now cross here… #
  • The day starts with 90K SPAM messages in the queue of one of the serves. Cleaning up. Plenty of .com.br addresses. #
  • Killed all SPAM. Now pushing delivery for about 3000 messages that got delayed over the last few days. #
  • This mail server is probably hated by half of the world. Yahoo mail servers consider it a personal enemy. #
  • When I don’t care about my productivity, FireFTP extension is actually quite good for file copying back and forward. #
  • I wish my mobile could sync contacts with GMail. I have pictures, emails, and other info there. #

Daily tweets

  • I had a full 9 hour sleep. Wow. It’s the first or the second time this year… #
  • My Gmail space usage indicator stays firmly on 50%. 1433 MB out of 2857 MB. #
  • I love Gmail’s idea of growing space.If it was unlimited from the beginning, it wouldn’t be so much fun. #
  • I don’t want to read more feeds than I am already doing. Why can’t I resist the urge to subscribe then? I’m an RSS addict. #
  • With Twitter digests on my blog I can have comments (and visits) from people who don’t use Twitter. Nice. #
  • The amount of comments I get on this site once again shows why threaded comments plugin is useless for an average blog. Not enough comments. #
  • The more ways we have to communicate, the better. Even if we don’t spend enough time communicating. #
  • i see clouds.i wonder if they are somehow connected with my yesterday’s carwash. #
  • reminder to myself: blog about the librarian #
  • @atw26: I see some heavy rainy clouds over Troodos mountains from my office windows right now. #
  • Twitter now makes username into a link, if @ is prepended. Cool. #
  • Perl could have been a really ugly language and nobody would notice, if CPAN was still there. #
  • My debit card is tied to 2-day notice account. I ALWAYS forget about it. Trying to make a purchase right after money transfer… #
  • I am the first guy to ask for printout, when others say “nevermind, it was done electronically”. I don’t trust it enough to just work… #
  • Some people trust the technology because they don’t know how it works.Others – because they do. I’m among the latter ones. #
  • When I’m Twittering too much, does it look like I have nobody to talk to? :) #
  • @alex_mamchenkov: yes. not in sms or im, but on the web. #
  • @alex_mamchenkov: oh.. that was about me talking, and not about username links.. :) #

The librarian

I have this “librarian stereotype” (not sure, if it is “stereo”, but it’s a “type” alright). A thin woman in her middle ages, wearing glasses, simple summer-time dress, and always with a book. Something like that. Of course, there are people of other professions who look like this, and there are definitely librarians who look different, but that doesn’t matter for now. What matters is that the first thought that I get in my mind when I see someone looking like that is “A librarian!”.

I often see one of these “librarians” in the zoo. Every weekend Maxim and I go to the zoo, and there is this woman, who always reads a book, waiting for people who are happy to pay two pounds to have their kids photographed together with a nicely dressed pony. The animal is usually wearing pink feathers on the head, while eating grass nearby.

Today, the “librarian” was there again. As usual. Reading the book. But today she was dressed differently. She has her jeans and some sort of a short t-shirt. Nothing special. But…

When we were passing by, I noticed that she had a tattoo. It was one of those party girl tattoos on her back just above the jeans belt. Hmm… While I paused there for a second, I noticed another tattoo – some Chinese saying down on her leg…

She was reading a book, paying no attention to me. Which was good. Because I was staying there like a guy with one of his childhood stereotypes shredded into pieces.

This was no regular librarian. This was a party librarian. Or she was no librarian at all. Boy! A train of thoughts went through my mind.

And then Maxim called me to see a camel.

Daily tweets

  • Carwashing #
  • Back to the office #
  • Videos in Google search results are just awesome! #
  • Wow! I can even post to Twitter directly from my blog’s admin area. And it counts chars too. Thanks to Alex King for Twitter Tools. :) #
  • As always, if you think you’re good at something – check the Web. Don’t forget to allocate two weeks for depression before doing it though. #

Deeper integration with Twitter

I have to say that I’m spending way too much time on Twitter. I’m following other people, I’m reading random tweets, I’m checking out all those amazing tools built around the service, and I’m posting my own things. Also, every time I publish a post to this blog, a new tweet is created with the link to post and its title.

I thought, my blog is missing out on all that fun. So, today I’ve updated my Twitter Tools plugin and enabled the option for the daily digests. From now on, it should create a post once a day with all my tweets from the day before.

I haven’t tested the functionality, so I wonder how it will work out. We’ll see tonight…

Any good RSS to email service around?

I am looking for a good RSS to email web service. I’ve tried a few but none of them satisfied my appetites yet. Here is what I want:

  • Single account, but several emails. I am using Gmail’s email+keyword@gmail.com functionality for filtering things. I want some of my feeds to go to one email, and some to another email, and yet some to the third one, and so on. But I want to have an overview of what is going on, so a single account with the service is essential.
  • From/Subject editing. Most services that I’ve tried, use feed title for email’s From field, and item title for Subject field. This doesn’t work very well for me, as I am subscribed to a few feeds that will appear the same under this scheme. I should be able to specify manually both the From string and the Subject string.
  • One email per post vs. digest emails. To put it crystal clear, I don’t want digests. I want to have full control over what I save in my mail and what I delete. Digest emails pile up things that I don’t want saved.
  • Frequent updates. Many services suffer from delayed updates. Feeds should be checked every hour. Maximum tolerated delay is about three hours. If it takes any longer to notify me of news, than it’s simply not worth it. I’ll find out about the new from other sources.
  • UTF-8 support. Most of my content is in English, but I have a fair amount of feeds that bring Russia, German, and Greek stuff. I don’t want to see boxes with numbers or question marks instead of non-ASCII characters.

Bonus goes to the service which extends support for feeds from well-known web services, such as Flickr, del.icio.us, etc.

Any recommendations?