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Choice Bits

He Said What?

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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^NEWPragmatic Guide to Git
3^5The RSpec Book
44Hello, Android
5v2HTML5 and CSS3
6v3Test Driven Development
7^9Programming Ruby 1.9
8v6iPad Programming
9v7Seven Languages in Seven Weeks
10^NEWAgile Web Development with Rails, Third Edition
11^NEWiPhone SDK Development

The latest proof that our days are numbered.

I Don’t Make the Rules around Here

In Philadelphia, you must buy a $300 license to blog: — @trevorburnham

Under Sendek's proposed naming schema, the sun would weigh 2.2 hellatons, and release 0.3 hellawatts of energy — @codinghorror

This Enterprise Agile Manifesto would be hilarious if it weren't so accurate - — @mheusser

OH: "candidate must still like Java" :) — @dalmaer

Why do all that major mattress brands start with the letter "S"? — @ronhitchens

Error Bits

Everything's going along fine, then the ewoks show up & ruin the whole movie. — @neal4d

hey internet girl who quit with a whiteboard: next time start your meme on a day when someone doesn't quit with the AIRPLANE EMERGENCY SLIDE — @StephenAtHome

Hey, Paul Allen: if those Interval Research patents have value, how come a billionaire like you couldn't turn them into products? — @pragpub

RIP wave - an incredibly innovative solution for a problem apparently no one had — @markryall

Still no results for "Peggy Olson headdesk"; it is proven that Mad Men viewers and animated gifs creators are wholly distinct sets. — @therealadam

So apparently the SETI conference was held here last week. Bellman says "They didn't find any." — @clarkware

aw man, there's almost no calvino available in the kindle store. that blows. — @bscofield

I really like Hipmunk ( any travel site that has a "sort by agony" button understands its customers — @Werner

Gods and Monsters

Welcome to the new decade: Java is a restricted platform, Google is evil, Apple is a monopoly and Microsoft are the underdogs — @phil_nash

It's obvious that James Gosling's poor web server can't handle the assault of everyone who wants to know his thoughts about SCOracle. — @olabini

I once saw HTML5 walking across a lake to heal an injured swan. #html5keyfacts — @Cennydd

Best quote from the HN comments: "What Google is doing should be illegal. What Oracle is doing is immoral." — @tswicegood

The Flying Spagetti Monster is the descendant of some Flightless Manicotti. — @MrAlanCooper

Sick of seeing my "welcome to the new decade" tweet? Now you can be sick of my blog post about it too: — @phil_nash

This Coding Life

Either printer ink is made from unicorn blood or we’re all getting screwed. — @theoatmeal

My new iPhone charging cable is nasty, brutish, and short. — @scottdavis99

Rails uses symbols so excessively I just started writing :true and :false *facepalm*. — @grahamedgecombe

So many great practices and habits are caught, not taught. Who are you spending time with today? — @jaredrichardson

Send a question to IT group; get a meeting invite as a response. That is efficiency by God! — @mzarra

When you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow and exclude people. so create. — @mikemangino

Jobs outsourced to India re-outsourced to unskilled Americans! — @kabirkhan

Bottlenecks often walk around on two legs. — @mtnygard

Friends don't let friends use class variables. #ruby — @mjijackson

RT @r: Facebook Places is going to do away with the need for Foursquare the way Facebook status updates did away with the need for Twitter. — @dalmaer

Ruby has ruined my ability to write Java without irritability, resentment and superciliousness — @markryall

Tablet + resistive touchscreen + desktop OS = thoroughbred racehorse + blindfold + amputated leg. — @mattgemmell

New drinking game: when a speaker refers to people as "resources", then throw a drink at him. #agile2010 — @jbrains

Newsweek was just sold for $1. To show you how media has changed, the asking price for my twitter account is 65 billion dollars. Cash. — @ConanOBrien

I forgit how I lived without git these many years. — @venkat_s

#agile2010 Programmers started the agile movement to get closer to customers not project mangers. — @unclebobmartin

Was @flipboard designed to prevent rickrolling, or is that just a happy accident? — @invalidname

If only social awkwardness was considered performance art ... — @markryall

Timeless Wisdom

People fascinated by the idea of progress never suspect that every step forward is also a step on the way to the end. — @MyraTrembath509

This hermit crab is either dead or molted or dead b/c I disturbed its molt. It's the Heisenberg uncertainty crab in a schroedinger aquarium. — @hodgman

Once you've seen one picture of the Mandelbrot set, you've seen them all. — @billkarwin

Hygeine is a human concern. Animals have 2 groups: those who don't bathe, and those who urinate in bathwater. — @tottinge

This month we were following a whole bunch of software developers, technical writers, and deep thinkers—including Chris Adamson, Dion Almaer, Ola Bini, Cennydd Bowles, Trevor Burnham, Mike Clark, Stephen Colbert, and Mister Alan Cooper.

Also Scott Davis, Graham Edgecombe, Neal Ford, the two Matts, Gemmell and Heusser, as well as Ron Hitchens, John Hodgman, and the inimitable Coding Horror.

And we would be amiss if we failed to mention Michael Jackson, Kabirkhan, Bill Karwin, Adam Keys, Mike Mangino, Uncle Bob Martin, Phil Nash, or Michael Nygard.

Also The Oatmeal, The Onion, and Conan O’Brien—plus of course Tim Ottinger, J. B. Rainsberger, Jared Richardson, Mark Ryall, and Ben Scofield.

And last alphabetically but certainly not least, Venkat Subramaniam, Travis Swicegood, Myra Trembath, Werner Vogels, and Marcus Zarra.

We were also following a guy who had his turn signal on for the entire trip. You can follow us on twitter.