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What you get when you mix a cookie monster with a Siberian Husky alvin July 30, 2019 - 7:42am

This 18-second Twitter video shows what you get when you mix a cookie monster with a Siberian Husky.

Euthanasia, echinacea, whatever alvin July 25, 2019 - 8:37am

After getting an infection in my eyes this week, someone suggested I try echinacea (which is not recommended for people with weakened immune systems). That reminded me of this “euthanasia, echinacea” tweet.

Never argue with a fool ~ Mark Twain alvin April 8, 2019 - 4:11pm

“Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”

~ Mark Twain (used recently in reference to Antonio Brown on Twitter)

On Twitter privacy settings and personalized ads alvin January 18, 2019 - 10:14am

I don’t know if it was just coincidence, but I went to Lowe’s yesterday for the first time in seven months, then I had a Lowe’s ad on Twitter first thing this morning. So “Allow some” is now “Off.” (See the Location and Personalization settings in the images.)

How Twitter built Scala tools to scala to millions of lines of code alvin June 24, 2018 - 6:36pm

If you like reading PDFs of presentations, here’s a PDF from a Twitter employee named How We Built Tools That Scale to Millions of Lines of Code.

A list of Scala style guides alvin May 28, 2018 - 8:06pm

I was looking for something else today and came across a collection of Scala style guides:

Laying in bed until whenever

After a long work day yesterday I decided to sleep in today until whenever. After I almost got enough rest I found myself sleeping in my bed in the house I grew up in. The bed was against an outer bedroom wall, where I had it when I was a young teenager. (I would later move it to an inner wall.) Then a former friend came in the room and told me I was being lazy and I should get up and yada yada yada. I beamed her right out of there.

Then a young, healthy version of Zeus came in and stood next to the bed. I thought about asking him if he had to go out, but he jumped up on the bed and laid down next to me. That sure wasn’t going to make me want to get out of bed.

“Professional” NFL journalist doesn’t pay for a basic tool alvin April 28, 2018 - 6:39pm

Wow, I was just stunned to read that a so-called professional journalist (Mike Klis) here in Denver, Colorado doesn’t pay for a basic tool, or have his company pay for it. I can’t even imagine trying to cover the National Football League (NFL) and not having access to detailed statistics. The subscriptions go from $40 to $200 per year, not a huge cost at all for a “professional.” In the programming world we always try to find the best tools available for our jobs.

Privacy policy updates alvin April 25, 2018 - 7:43pm

Wow, in the last 48 hours Twitter, GoDaddy, Etsy, and other websites/businesses have sent me emails saying that their privacy policies have changed. The stuff Facebook has gone through (or created, depending on your perspective) seem to be having a rapid ripple effect on the industry.

Website traffic: Search vs Share alvin February 26, 2018 - 2:22pm

I was just reading this Seeking Alpha article about Facebook and saw the attached image, where for a while “link sharing” on sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest overtook search engines in terms of “share of website visits,” but in 2017 search engines once again overtook sharing. The question is, does this mean that fewer people are using those social websites, or fewer people are sharing and clicking on those links?