Posted Friday, March 7th, 2008 at 11:47 pm under me, twitter.

Anything for him but mindless good taste

I have about ten things I could blog about today. Hopefully I wont.

I think I’m going to go out and make an impulse purchase a bit later. Can something be an impulse purchase if you blog about it first? I was in an Office Depot store today. Digital cameras are so cheap it’s ridiculous. Then throw in the value of the euro. For $129 I could pick up a 7M pixel Casio Exilim with a 3 inch screen. Why not? My old camera is a bit of a joke. Or there are nice Canon digital Elph cameras for $150. It’s hardly worth thinking about whether to buy one.

I’m getting glasses. Again. I had Lasik surgery in 2002 or so, and it’s been a wonderful 6 years. But my eyes are getting worse. I hated trying on glasses in the store today. I’ll hardly ever wear them I guess, but it’s clear (fuzzy?) to me that I’d be much better off with them.

I like women. They’re so much more interesting than men, not to mention a few other adjectives. I have a whole blog post on that one, but I’ll probably refrain.

I have two related postings: a book I’ll never write, and a Twitter  app I’ll never build. I should write them down. Twitter has so much interesting and valuable information in it. I wish their API was richer so that more things could be built. I hope they’re building some of them.

I still don’t understand why it’s considered valuable to have an API that many people build on, killing your service, if it can’t be easily monetized.

I’m booking yet another US trip. I went Silver on Delta in just 2 months this year, and am about to go Gold. This could be a Platinum year. BUT, I have to stop traveling and plant my ass on my chair in Barcelona and write more code. Have to. Must stop talking.

John Cleese’s speech at Graham Chapman’s funeral service is so moving. Can someone please do that for me?

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  • http://www.tekNico.net/ teknico

    Esteve: thanks!

    I don’t see the point of the bulk and cost of *active* noise canceling headphones, preferring the passive, in-ear type.

    The Bose in-ear (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000HWP6SC) do not insulate, and are not well received.

    The Shure E2C (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000CE1UO) are popular, but I prefer and use the Etymotics 6R-i (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002ZW5W4). They’re really *not* to be used while driving or hiking, as stated in the manual.

    P.S.: do notice how much Amazon links can be shortened. ;-)

  • http://www.tekNico.net/ teknico

    Esteve: thanks!

    I don’t see the point of the bulk and cost of *active* noise canceling headphones, preferring the passive, in-ear type.

    The Bose in-ear (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000HWP6SC) do not insulate, and are not well received.

    The Shure E2C (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000CE1UO) are popular, but I prefer and use the Etymotics 6R-i (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002ZW5W4). They’re really *not* to be used while driving or hiking, as stated in the manual.

    P.S.: do notice how much Amazon links can be shortened. ;-)

  • http://jon.es terry

    Hi Andy

    I impulse bought the first-gen Bose headphones in about 2001. I was going NYC -> Barcelona and back every 3 weeks for 4.5 years, so they clocked a lot of miles with me. Too bulky though, and I wish I’d gotten the 2nd-gen folding type. The noise level on planes is really incredible. Bose had this wonderful box as part of their in-store marketing. It made the noise of a plane, complete with the captain’s voice announcing things. A voice told you to take off the headphones at any time to see (hear) the difference. At first I thought it was a trick; I even looked around for someone watching me with a remote control. But it was real. The box made a great big noise, so other customers in the store would see you having this amazing noise-canceling experience and wander over to try it. I took the headphones straight to the counter and plonked down $300.

    Lasik is amazing. It’s incredible to spend decades of your life wandering around with terrible eyes, and then one day you go into a room, lie down for just 10 mins, and then the doctor tells you to get up and you can see perfectly.

    I’ll tell you about the Twitter thoughts in a few weeks, supposing it doesn’t distract too much from me telling you about other things :-) It’s too simple though, with no barrier to entry. Twitter is a risky bandwagon in that respect – though with the blessing that you fail quickly. Their API structure and rate-limiting is highly restrictive. I prefer other kinds of risk.

  • http://jon.es/ terry

    Hi Andy

    I impulse bought the first-gen Bose headphones in about 2001. I was going NYC -> Barcelona and back every 3 weeks for 4.5 years, so they clocked a lot of miles with me. Too bulky though, and I wish I’d gotten the 2nd-gen folding type. The noise level on planes is really incredible. Bose had this wonderful box as part of their in-store marketing. It made the noise of a plane, complete with the captain’s voice announcing things. A voice told you to take off the headphones at any time to see (hear) the difference. At first I thought it was a trick; I even looked around for someone watching me with a remote control. But it was real. The box made a great big noise, so other customers in the store would see you having this amazing noise-canceling experience and wander over to try it. I took the headphones straight to the counter and plonked down $300.

    Lasik is amazing. It’s incredible to spend decades of your life wandering around with terrible eyes, and then one day you go into a room, lie down for just 10 mins, and then the doctor tells you to get up and you can see perfectly.

    I’ll tell you about the Twitter thoughts in a few weeks, supposing it doesn’t distract too much from me telling you about other things :-) It’s too simple though, with no barrier to entry. Twitter is a risky bandwagon in that respect – though with the blessing that you fail quickly. Their API structure and rate-limiting is highly restrictive. I prefer other kinds of risk.

  • http://newspeedwayboogie.tumblr.com/ Weissman

    *I impulse bought some Bose noise cancelling headphones yesterday
    *I really want to get Lasik’ed
    *I’d like to see your twitter app ;-)

    Not sure what that all means but . . .

  • http://newspeedwayboogie.tumblr.com/ Weissman

    *I impulse bought some Bose noise cancelling headphones yesterday
    *I really want to get Lasik’ed
    *I’d like to see your twitter app ;-)

    Not sure what that all means but . . .

  • Esteve

    Hi both, he says:

    - Well, I feel that I should say, “Nonsense. Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard! I hope he fries. ”

    As for having an eulogy like that one Terry, don’t worry. After all, you were Brian’s mother.

  • Esteve

    Hi both, he says:

    - Well, I feel that I should say, “Nonsense. Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard! I hope he fries. ”

    As for having an eulogy like that one Terry, don’t worry. After all, you were Brian’s mother.

  • http://jon.es terry

    Hi Nico

    I haven’t been able to make it out either. The very last bit is, I think, “I hope he XXXX” and the XXXX is drowned out. I would guess it’s either “fries” or “rots”, or similar.

  • http://jon.es/ terry

    Hi Nico

    I haven’t been able to make it out either. The very last bit is, I think, “I hope he XXXX” and the XXXX is drowned out. I would guess it’s either “fries” or “rots”, or similar.

  • http://www.tekNico.net/ teknico

    Thanks for *not* blogging. ;-) FWIW, I like women too. ;-)

    But mostly, thanks for the link to that wonderful speech. I wish I could make out the phrase before the first laughter outburst: “Well, I feel I should say: nonsense! Good riddance…” and then what?

  • http://www.tekNico.net/ teknico

    Thanks for *not* blogging. ;-) FWIW, I like women too. ;-)

    But mostly, thanks for the link to that wonderful speech. I wish I could make out the phrase before the first laughter outburst: “Well, I feel I should say: nonsense! Good riddance…” and then what?