Tuesday, April 15th 2008

posted @ 7:49 am in [ Uncategorized ]

It’s wonderful to see the little guys beat up on the big guys once in awhile.

To sum up the article – Monster Cable sends a cease and desist to a small cable company, Blue Jeans Cable, citing patent infringement. They didn’t do their homework. Blue Jeans’ CEO is a former lawyer, and in his lengthy response, which tells Monster to shove it, says he doesn’t fear litigation, he misses it.

What is unfortunate is that Blue Jeans Cable’s website is down for the count, which means CEO Kurt Denke’s move to publicize Monster’s slimy tactics has fired across the Internet. I smell a victory for Blue Jeans Cable.

I have more thoughts on this, but I am not nearly caffeinated yet to express them.


Sunday, April 13th 2008

Bits and bytes of a party
posted @ 2:59 pm in [ Uncategorized ]

I was completely too busy to blog or tweet much from the party last night, but I did take a ton of pictures and had a seriously amazing time. Apparently a lot of other folks were tweeting during the party, and I’ve been having fun this morning reading what people thought as the night progressed.

We had invited a lot of people, but I wasn’t optimistic about turnout. Holy freaking cow. People showed up. I never did do a headcount, but our sizeable LA apartment was freaking packed. There was much drinking that went around, there was a lot of loud drunken rock band (my apologies if any of my neighbors are reading and were annoyed), the jell-o shots were a hit, as were the hummus, pitas, bourekas, and israeli salad. Everyone seemed to have a really good time.

Thank you so much, everyone, for showing up, being awesome, and making me want to throw many more parties.

Thanks in particular go to Bino for announcing a flash cleanup at the end of the night. I was a bit concerned with cleanup, but that quickly turned into a two minute job and I’m so damn grateful for that.

I finally curled up into bed about 4 a.m. Bron and Kitchen crashed at our place (one of the many benefits of a big pad), and so breakfast happened this morning. Good coffee (I’m shamelessly proud of my coffee-making skills) and yummy hebe food (jachnun and shakshuka). There was food, and chilling, and hanging out. Kitchen and Bron left a bit ago, and I’m now doing laundry and relaxing. Kitchen might come by later with a new car, if he gets tempted enough.

Sam and I will be in New York next weekend for Passover, and the weekend after that is Kitchen and Cosper’s Office Space-themed party. Sam and I will more than likely throw another party after that (when I’m not busy freaking out over wedding planning).

Saturday, April 12th 2008

Party tonight!
posted @ 11:43 am in [ Uncategorized ]

If you know where we live, you’re invited. Bring whatever alcohol/food you enjoy and think everyone else would enjoy. We especially like new liquors we haven’t tried before. We’ve gotten many people hooked on the awesome wonder of Amarula, for example.

We’ll be drinking at the party tonight, of course, and there will be the obligatory Rock Band. We’ll also be featuring a movie, called “Run, Ronnie, Run.” It’s the Mr. Show movie you never heard about. If you know my fiance, Sam, and know his very odd sense of humor, then you might have an idea what sort of humor can be expected from this movie. We’ll also be serving up jell-o shots, and you won’t want to miss those.

I started making this post as I was waking up with a cup of coffee, but then mom called and whoosh all my plans for a blog post went bye bye. Now I’m taking a break from taking out a ton of garbage and cleaning out the litter box. It’s almost time to cook, but I think I should eat something first or there won’t be much leftover for my guests to eat. *nom*

So everyone get on over here tonight!

Monday, April 7th 2008

Oh good I’m not the only one
posted @ 9:33 pm in [ Uncategorized ]

A much more level-headed person than I wrote an in-depth essay on why Ruby is not quite ready for prime time.

I was initially excited about Ruby on Rails. What got my attention was scaffolding. I’ve been told it’s a hack, but how can you not get excited when an application automagically knows when you add or substract fields from the database it’s pointing to?

But then RoR 2.0 came out, and scaffolding, as far as I could tell, was broken. Ok, maybe not entirely broken but…it might as well be. You see, now to scaffold, instead of just editing a config file to tell the application where the database is located, you have to actually go through some odd song and dance to have the initialization of the application construct the tables. At least, that’s what I gathered from the patchy documentation I could find on the issue.

It might seem like a petty fine line I’m drawing here, but think about it. Putting in a layer of complication in a process that was the reason so many people were fired up about RoR is the equivalent of Apple discarding its entire iPod line.

Sorry, Ruby. The magic is gone, but I’m hoping in a few years after you’ve matured we can have dinner and try again.

Monday, April 7th 2008

Waking up
posted @ 7:22 am in [ Uncategorized ]

Hard to do without the proper caffeine, but I’m saving myself for work and trying to get this darn going. Sure the setup is all fun and quick when you have a one-click install available, but then there’s the theme and making sure it looks right and all the plugins yadda yadda yadda.