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Choice Bits

Someone is Wrong on the Internet

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  Applying the axiom of choice behind the bar results in a Long Island Iced Tea.  

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^NEWThe Developer's Code
2^NEWRails Recipes
3^NEWBuild Awesome Command-Line Applications in Ruby
4^NEWAgile Web Development with Rails
5^NEWMac Kung Fu
6^NEWWeb Development Recipes
7^NEWThe Cucumber Book
8^NEWNew Programmer's Survival Manual
9^NEWProgramming Ruby 1.9
11^NEWProgramming Clojure

I tweet this:

There’s one xkcd cartoon that will be relevant as long as there’s an internet. You know the one I mean?

and within seven minutes some total stranger has replied,

@pragpub All those other guesses by people on the internet are *WRONG*, and I will not rest until they are corrected!

I invent a clever phrase and google it. Sure enough, dozens of people have already thought of it.

Somebody out there in the intertubes will get my obscure jokes. Somebody else will have had my insights.

I’m not sure whether to feel comforted or redundant.

Coding Wisdom from Our Agents in the Field

“What I cannot create, I do not understand.”—on Feynman’s blackboard when he died. Good motto for programming. — @gvwilson

When someone’s been in captivity all their life, it can be hard to embrace freedom. So they continue to use static types in Groovy code. — @daveklein

One reason to do hard things while programming is so they won’t be hard next time. Another reason is because they are fun. — @KentBeck

We have so much technical debt on this project that we might need a TARP bailout.... — @scottdavis99

RT @hal_hildebrand: Parallel processors running perpendicular today. — @KentBeck

What’s the name for the moment you open your redesigned web site in Internet Explorer for the first time and want to cry? — @ginatrapani

I’m sorry but “Ice Cream Sandwich” is just a ridiculous code name for software. — @bketelsen

How to Tell CodeWisdom from HackerNewsTips

“Java is to JavaScript what Car is to Carpet.”—Chris Heilmann — @CodeWisdom

Finally. @dhh moves from battling @groupon to fight the real enemy RT @dhh: How did 7-Up lose out to Sprite? It’s endlessly more delicious. — @HackerNewsTips

“XML is like violence—if it doesn’t solve your problems, you are not using enough of it.”—Unknown — @CodeWisdom

Be aware of Java 7 license changes. Larry Ellison can legally commandeer robotics startups using it, in order to build an Iron Man suit. — @HackerNewsTips

“Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.”—Edsger Dijkstra — @CodeWisdom

We’re excited about @Heroku kicking off their “Language Creator as a Service” offering with their acquisition of Yukihiro Matsumoto. — @HackerNewsTips

“Pasting code from the Internet into production code is like chewing gum found in the street.”—Mike Johnson — @CodeWisdom

California Proposition 215 gives @TechCrunch the right to reveal your child’s sex to your in-laws before you do. — @HackerNewsTips

Two Moves Behind in the Game of Life

So the reason I suck at life. I’m in San Antonio 24 hours prior to the start of the race. The calendar in my head doesn’t reflect reality. — @tswicegood

I may be male, unshaven and in need of caffiene, but yes, I do know more about horses than you. #lifeonthetrain — @adamgoucher

I think I’ve finally struck the right balance between beauty and professionalism on my Twitter profile design. — @chadfowler

The busy are doing it wrong.… I need to pay attention to this. A lot! — @jaredrichardson

The milk run takes longer, but is a much more relaxed ride. — @adamgoucher

I have solved the Halting Problem: I’ve halted. — @gvwilson

Who Are Those Guys?

This month we galled the kibes of Kent Beck, Scott Davis, Chad Fowler, Adam Goucher, Brian Ketelsen, Dave Klein, Jared Richardson, Travis Swicegood, Gina Trapani, Greg Wilson, Hacker News Tips, and Programming Wisdom. You can follow us at