The Programmers’ Credo: we do these things not because they are easy, but because we thought they were going to be easy
— Pinboard (@Pinboard) August 5, 2016
Madam Abomah. Born sometime around 1862, she traveled all over the world as the tallest woman in the world. She was billed as being 7'6? tall, but evidence suggested she was more in the 6'10 range. More photos: https://t.co/jY2fW3lVma pic.twitter.com/DsZoeXTNc3
— History Lovers Club (@historylvrsclub) December 16, 2018
The inventor of Pop Rocks:
Sugar isn't enough, it should also detonate.
— Dan Regan (@Social_Mime) June 28, 2017
Huawei demoted two employees and cut their monthly pay for using an iPhone to send New Year greetings from its official Twitter account. Huawei is not fucking around. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-huawei-iphone/chinese-phone-maker-huawei-punishes-employees-for-iphone-tweet-blunder-idUSKCN1OY0B2
By visiting Myanmar for a meditation retreat, and tweeting about how wonderful the experience was, Jack Dorsey is lending financial support to a genocidal country. And speaking of tone-deaf, the Times headline makes it appear that Dorsey is being accused of merely being impolite, rather than supporting genocide, or at least ignoring it.
Giuliani made a typo in a tweet and rather than just accept responsibility he accuses Twitter of conspiring against him. What an idiot. And he runs a cybersecurity firm and advises Trump on cybersecurity issues.
Saudi Arabia’s bitch, Russia’s bitch, North Korea’s bitch….
Gabbard is an Iraqi war vet. Trump got five draft deferments when it was his time to serve; he doesn’t remember what medical condition he had that qualified him to sit out the war.
I’m loving Rep. Gabbard right now.
my nephew is sick and we are raising $5000 so i can backpack across europe, too depressing to stay here next to this sick kid
— derek (@eedrk) June 2, 2017
What Twitter needs isn’t an acquisition or a new strategy. It’s time. Yes. “Twitter is an acquired taste.”
Dave is my blogging spirit animal. I like blogging, and I like sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, and Medium. Of those platforms, I get the most return from Facebook. But blogging AND sharing to Facebook and Google+ are just too much work. So I’m going to start focusing mainly on the blog, and just automatically share links to Google+ and Facebook, until those platforms become easier to deal with in conjunction with a blog.
I’m working on figuring out a way I can share short updates directly to those services and to the blog simultaneously. This will involve automated email and plenty of duck tape.
You’re welcome to leave comments here, or on Facebook or Google+. Or just stop reading, even if you’re a close friend or member of my immediate family. I do not require other people to participate in my peculiar hobby.
I will revisit this decision when it doesn’t seem to be working for me, or when the tools for sharing blog content to social media get easier to work with.
I’ll keep mirroring my posts to Tumblr and Medium because that’s easy.
And I’m still trying to figure out what to do about Twitter.
No sympathy for Twitter here. Twitter chose whether and when to go public. If Wall Street is being mean to Twitter, tough nuts. It should have been no surprise; this is how Wall Street works.
With Disney and Google supposedly bowing out of the negotiations, Apple uninterested and Salesforce tepid at best, perhaps the best option would be for Twitter to go private with owners that are happy with the company as it is now — a middle-sized Internet global media platform, rather than a Facebook-killer. But could such buyers be found? Or would any buyer expect meteoric growth?
(Timothy B. Lee, Vox)
Sierra was the target of a flood of graphic death threats over her blog about web design. Yes, that’s right — web design.
Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything podcast:
In 2007 writer, programmer, and horse trainer Kathy Sierra quit the internet because of misogynist hate trolling. She stayed off the social web for 7 years but last year she came back to see what Twitter was like. She tells us why she only lasted a few weeks and her theory about why so many women are targets online. Plus Danielle Keats Citron explains how we could use the law to drain the cesspool.
I see many articles like this. They all recommend similar steps. Don’t put your phone in your pocket, keep it in your desk where you have to make some effort to get it. Go a couple of days without connectivity.
These tips are not helpful. Keeping my phone out of reach would create more problems than it’s worth, because it’s a legitimate inconvenience when my phone is out of reach. The problem is that I fiddle with the phone at times when I should be doing something else. THAT’S what I’m looking to control.
Going a few days without connectivity is like going without electricity. It’s doable. People call that “camping.” And it’s good for you. But it’s kind of a big deal. Not to be entered into casually.
One tip that is helpful: Turn off nearly all your notifications. You do NOT want to be notified when you get new email, a mention or comment on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. You just don’t.
Marc Andreessen suddenly deletes all his tweets, goes on Twitter break – John Mannes, TechCrunch
Reynolds reacted to reports that protesters in Charlotte are swarming the highways and surrounding cars. “Run them down,” Reynolds said. That was the tweet that got him suspended.
But riots aren’t peaceful protest. And blocking interstates and trapping people in their cars is not peaceful protest — it’s threatening and dangerous, especially against the background of people rioting, cops being injured, civilian-on-civilian shootings, and so on. I wouldn’t actually aim for people blocking the road, but I wouldn’t stop because I’d fear for my safety, as I think any reasonable person would.
Twitter is quicker on the trigger to censor people on one side of the political chasm than the other, Reynolds says.
Later, he responds to a suggestion that “Keep driving” would have been a better tweet: “It would have been, and in only two words instead of three. But I’ve had over 580,000 tweets, and they can’t all be perfect.”
OPENED UP TWITTER TO SEE THIS: – Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit
The coalition includes 30 media and technology companies, including Google, the New York Times, The Washington Post, and more.
Billion-dollar companies are openly conspiring to make sure we only find out what they decide is legitimate news. But it’s for our own good, so that’s nothing to be concerned about.
Starting Sept. 19, the 140-character count will no longer include media attachments such as GIFS, images, and videos, as well as quoted tweets (Chris Welch, The Verge).
I wonder if URLs will also be excluded.
I have changed my vision for both the main female character and the villain, and I wanted to go back and make what I’ve written so far fit that vision.
The alternative is writing notes to myself and going back to the beginning and revising when I get to the second draft. I’ve done that before on previous novels. It’s a slog. This way seems more fresh and lively.
What I’m doing is dangerous. I could end up revising and revising and never adding new material. But I’m making up my writing technique as I go (as well as making up the writing itself, of course).
Someone on Twitter asked me today about my creative writing technique, whether I write major scenes first or write in order. I said this time around I did a 3,000-word outline and from that I’m writing scenes in order.
On previous novels I wrote without an outline. I just wrote scenes in order. But that was like pulling teeth.
I’m trying to get to the point where creative writing is just something I do every day, with no drama. Like BRUSHING teeth, rather than pulling them.
One year after Jack Dorsey took over as CEO, Twitter has failed to generate positive momentum. The board meets Thursday, and could decide to shop the company around. But finding a buyer would be tough.