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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.

1^5Programming Ruby 1.9
2v1Agile Web Development with Rails
3^8Seven Languages in Seven Weeks
4^NEWDriving Technical Change
5v2The RSpec Book
6^9HTML5 and CSS3
7^11Pragmatic Guide to JavaScript
8v3Pragmatic Guide to Git
9v4The Agile Samurai
10v7Hello, Android
11v6iPad Programming

We’re Always Learning

Trying to get back into the iTunes U Stanford class on Fourier Transforms, but my math is rusty. Don't recall learning Euler's formula. — @invalidname

implementing unification for fun. all the cool algos are behind paywalls, but that's ok because i'm slow at getting even robinson to work. — @KentBeck

Asked Jinx the turtle if I should use @fogus's unification engine in #midje. He was noncommittal. — @marick

Spent the afternoon teaching the neighborhood boys (ages <= 8) how to play blackjack. #lifeskills — @scottdavis99

OH: There's no way he wants to get his masters, become an engineer, listen to the same obscure band, and learn to ride a unicycle. — @tswicegood

I've gotten a better adoption curve with screwdrivers -> tequila sunrises -> Laphroig. — @mfeathers

Sometimes Invention Is a Motherless Child

Look! Science has created a fabric that'll help politicians dodge journalists by becoming invisible! — @tswicegood

awesome hack! RT: @McDwayne: new favorite use for gummy bears: — @squarepegsys

The Øredev Monday night speakers' event is a trip to an 85C sauna followed by a naked plunge into the Öresund. — @headius

I need a coat rack. — @tswicegood

The Coding Life

I wonder how many developers never call a log() or exp() function in their programming lives. That used to be what computing was about. — @invalidname

OO makes code understandable by encapsulating moving parts. FP makes code understandable by minimizing moving parts. — @neal4d

"extreme project mgmt" from @yourdon reminds me of rules for running down an exploding volcano. mine: don't stand on exploding volcanos. — @KentBeck

I Think We Can All Agree...

I take back the nice things I've said defending the TSA. — @jaredrichardson

I got to enjoy the TSA kubuki theater an extra 10 minutes today as they checked to make sure that my toothpaste wasn't too big to fly. — @neal4d

Do you read the monthly Pragmatic Magazine? It's top notch content, and it's free! Can't beat that. — @jaredrichardson

We're dropping the silly $xx.95 pricing on books going forward (at least as an experiment). Our readers are smarter than price points. — @pragdave

Zen Moments

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. ~Ludwig Börne #zenmonday — @PragmaticAndy

To do two things at once is to do neither -- Publius Syrus — @staffannoteberg

How Is It Where You Are?

Quiet and peaceful (except for the ducks) — @rachelcdavies

So, which is it: sunny and 74 degrees, or November? #itCantPossiblyBeBoth — @scottdavis99

Its going to be a @dresdendolls kind of day. I *love* those :-) — @alancfrancis

I think I just saw snowflakes out my office window. — @jeff_lamarche

And here's the snow. Too soon! — @invalidname

I wish to register my disapproval of the earth's axial tilt. 10 degrees would have been ample. #brr #bicycle #shorts — @marick

This month we were following Chris Adamson, Kent Beck, Rachel Davies, Scott Davis, Michael Feathers, Neal Ford, Alan C Francis, Mike Hostetler, Andy Hunt, Jeff LaMarche, Brian Marick, Staffan Nöteberg, Charles Nutter, Ben Rady, Jared Richardson, Travis Swicegood, Dave Thomas. You can follow us on twitter.