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  A few selected sips from the Twitter stream.  

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.

11Agile Web Development with Rails
2^NEWThe Agile Samurai
3v2iPad Programming
4^9Hello, Android
5^7The RSpec Book
6^NEWUsing JRuby
7v4Seven Languages in Seven Weeks
8v3Rails Test Prescriptions
9^10Agile Web Development with Rails, Third Edition
10^NEWProgramming Ruby 1.9

Retweeted is the New Slashdotted

An Italian film company is flying to Oregon to interview me this month. A Brazilian magazine has sent me a list of interview questions via email. I’m sure I can’t be that interesting, or I’d be getting more retweets. Here are some comments we thought worthy of retweeting, for one reason or another. —Mike

Simplicity, Productivity, and Other Threats to Our Way of Life

RT @al3x: “The only weapons we have [in programming] are simplicity and convention.” — @jhooks

Just when programming was threatening to become productive, along came browser incompatibility to save our profession. — @KentBeck

An approach I often take to testing web application performance is similar to how the US Army tested WW2 recruits for syphilis. — @QualityFrog

Man infects himself with computer virus. — @GuyKawasaki

While You Were Sleeping

Rails 2.3.6 is out. Because I write tests, my upgrades are going flawlessly. How are yours going? — @bphogan

So apparently Ajax means “uses JavaScript” and HTML5 now means “doesn’t use Flash.” — @simonw

Stephen Fry to judge Guardian Hay festival’s Twitter competition. — @guardiantech

Nevada bans chicken suits from polling places. — @anamariecox

In case you missed it: Google checks the rear view mirror, sees the competition spinning wheels. — @TheNextWeb

Guy across the street is proclaiming that he’s too much of a CD guy to move to mp3 because CDs “sound better.” There are CD purists? — @geoffreywiseman

Now @pragprog enters viking land – Pomodoro Technique Illustrated will be translated into Swedish. — @staffannoteberg

I really should get around to watching LOST. I've heard it’s a good show. — @HuntHenning

Deep Thoughts

Now that this unnamed decade is almost over, it occurs to me that it should be called the pre-teens. It was about that confusing & awkward. — @noradio

RT @jasonjwwilliams: There are only two hard problems in Comp Sci: 1. Cache invalidation 2. Naming things 3. Off-by-one errors. — @mmazur

Do you have to parallel park a parallel universe? How many tries do I get? — @merlyn

It was satisfying to respond to the salesman's suggestion that I do an exchange with, “That’s not possible as I destroyed it in anger.” — @noradio

In Case You Were Wondering

No, your iPod doesn’t get heavier when you add songs, in case you were wondering: — @danfrakes

“Almost all (99.9%) nucleotide bases are exactly the same in all people.” Why can’t we be friends, why can’t we be friends... — @mandosally

“Genetics loads the gun and the environment pulls the trigger.” Good point to remember! Clinical Genomics CE #mla2010 — @mandosally

Pac-Man’s 30th birthday was marred by the sudden deportation of the Super Mario Bros. What were those fools doing in Arizona? — @ConanOBrien

The Venn diagram for elegant JavaScript code and cross-browser DOM scripting is two different circles. — @jeresig

I love ketchup. It’s the only reason I eat fries. — @ericjbruno

Why Not Why?

The “most faved Tweets” of @_why (also known as why the lucky stiff)

Yeah, we follow some odd tweeters, and you can follow us on twitter.