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. #