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Choice Bits

Overheard on the Intertubes

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  Wading into the chatterstream in hip boots, we wield the Axiom of Choice with gleeful abandon.  

What’s Hot

Top-Ten lists are passé—ours goes to 11. These are the top titles that folks are interested in currently, along with their rank from last month. This is based solely on direct sales from our online store.

1^NEWSQL Antipatterns
2^3Agile Web Development with Rails, Third Edition
3^6Language Implementation Patterns
4^5The RSpec Book
5^9iPhone SDK Development
6^NEWHello, Android
7v1ExpressionEngine 2.0
8^NEWMetaprogramming Ruby
9v8Programming Ruby 1.9
10v7Security on Rails
11v2Web Design for Developers

Opinions Vary on Apple’s iPad

[iPad] is Apple’s way of asserting that they’re taking over the penthouse suite as the strongest and best company in the whole ones-and-zeroes racket. — John Gruber

[T]he iPad with a 1024x768 screen resolution works great for a full VDI XenDesktop. Windows applications run unmodified and securely in the data center, and even multiple applications at once. — Chris Fleck

This thing, the iPad, is a dog. — Dave Winer

Following Hill and Bill

Tuning into Hillary speech on Internet Freedom. For all this hype, she better introduce a tablet. — Steven Levy

We stand for a single Internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas. — Hillary Clinton

Wow: Bill Gates started using Twitter earlier today, and already has almost 18,000 followers. — Harry McCracken

Many people are asking how they can help in Haiti - the foundation has posted a page wth some helpful links. — Bill Gates

Is It Even Worth Saying if You Can’t Fit It in a Tweet?

So @obie tweets about UJS, @dhh responds with a call to action, and a bunch of people jump on IRC to sort it out. Twitter at its best. — Chris Parsons

There is no debate on Twitter. Only intertwined streams of mutual interruption. — Chris Ammerman

The Future, if Any, of Newspapers

Expert who gets quoted in newspapers says Michael Kinsley is wrong and newspapers should quote experts. — Jay Rosen

When a newspaper says it’s putting a paywall up a year, it’s just floating trial balloons. #NYT could put a paywall up tomorrow. — Cory Doctorow

Leave in the first "yeee-HAW" in NASCAR fan interviews, omit the rest unless necessary in context. — Fake AP Stylebook

Further Observations

Just used copypasta *and* cargo cult programming to do power-law fitting in #mathematica —fogive me Lord for I have sinned. — Adrian Kuhn

I’m done: Star Wars opening crawl, using only HTML & CSS. — Guillermo Esteves

Little experiment shows that labels on a blogger blog post can make a HUGE difference in posts being found in Google search results. — Ben Simo

Manual: "The Zeo does not alter your sleep in any way." Me: "Except for when the factory default is to set the alarm for 1:10am." — David E. Weekly