Twitter Confusion

Going off of what Owen Williams writes about, I realize that I too don’t “get” Twitter.

I mean, I use the site, but haven’t found much value from it. I treat it like the old-timey .plan files that control what comes up if you finger another user on the UNIX system at college.

Much like other people new to Twitter, I follow some celebrities and companies, so my signing up is a consequence of the Network Effect.

I post to it what I would otherwise share on Facebook–which gets posted on Facebook anyways because of the integration app. I wouldn’t bother posting to the site otherwise.

This article has prompted me to check out my feed and see if I can address one of my main nits to pick: The sheer volume and disorganization of the feeds. I figure I can do this via the Lists feature, but I balked once I realized that once created, there’s no true way to delete the list, and the editing/adding flow is clunky. I was expecting that with this Web 2.0 site, I’d have some fancy drag/drop interface to add people I’m following into lists. And that the lists feature would be more prominent.

I also have the Official Twitter App on my phone. I’d use it more (or at all) if the recent update didn’t clobber my access settings. The password I picked for my Twitter account is a PITA to type in, even with a physical keyboard. I noped out, once I realized I had the prospect of signing up again on my phone.

Some before and after

I present these without comment:



Okay, I’ll comment a little. The song has been given a pop song makeover, and a bit more polishing. But the context it’s given in is incomprehensible to me. Han Solo is dancing in the setting where he is forcibly put into carbon-freezing, and is a low point of his life. Not a good place for a party with his friends.

Annual Employee Review Bias

It’s good to know that it’s been long-recognized that the annual employee review system is more of a political tool than an objective means of job assessment, as pointed out in a literature review over at Overcoming Bias. I’ve come to dread the process, and it’s been a driving reason why my prior departures have been timed around review time.

This is one thing I won’t miss as I strike out on my own.

Keep CSS in sync with SASS with Git

I made this shell script for use as a post-merge hook in Git that I’d like to share.


You are using the SCSS flavor of SASS; even if you don’t have SASS installed on the system you’re using this on, you have it and compass installed on a machine you have SSH access to.


  1. You must create a symbolic link to this in your .git/hooks directory “ln -s /path/to/git/hook/in/source/control /path/to/.git/hooks/”
  2. Change theme_path to match where your .scss file is

The Most Interesting Questgiver in the World

Playing videogames still takes up my eyeball time these days. I’m derping around in the WoW beta on a baby monk that I’m leveling the whole way up. I thought I’d share a cute bit of Beta fun the developers have in the game at the moment:

WoW screenshot
The Most Interesting Questgiver in the World

The starter zone in Pandaria is closed for renovation, so the placeholder NPC has been updated to reflect that.

Salute to New York City

NYC Skyline

In memory of the events of 9/11, I’d like to share a quote from one of my favorite novels:

I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline. Particularly when one can’t see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we need? … When I see the city from my window—no, I don’t feel how small I am—but I feel that if a war came to threaten this, I would like to throw myself into space, over the city, and protect these buildings with my body.

—Gail Wynand, from The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand

The attackers chose their targets for symbolic reasons. They chose the World Trade Center in New York City because it represents the greatness of human achievement, which the quote above emphasizes by asking “What other religion do we need?” The war they fight against us is a war against every value I hold dear: life—supported by reason, productiveness, and self-esteem.

Fight for these values explicitly, and we’ve already won the war of ideas.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons