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Dec. 7th, 2025

"I think your social network is trying to sell you something.
Construct your identity through collected friends and directed advertising."

--Library Voices, "Love in the Age of Absurdity"

As of December 07 2007 this journal is Friends Only and all posts prior to December 07 2007 have been made private.

I twitter publicly as strabd.

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Some Concerns

I was going to make this friends only, but who cares–we’re all friends on the internet.

Concerns for the week:

  • I need to gemify my little project password_dynamo. Initially, I worte it as a Sinatra web app that does one thing, returns a password with four common words as a web page. I wonder if the gem will have a command line component like the ’t’ gem, or might add methods like the ‘twitter’ gem. Hrm.

  • Anyhow, that gemifying project is for the Ruby certificate program I’ve been taking at UW. It’s taught by Reneé De Voursney–she’s a rad teacher. I’m really enjoying this class.

  • Thursday is Thanksgiving with Wendy’s parents. Friday we’re hosting a dinner with friends. It’ll be avery socially full holiday.

  • In response today has been very logistics of food related. Wendy and I went shopping to stock up before the grocery stores go absolutely nuts. We filled carts at Safeway and Trader Joe’s… Made a long list before we headed out. I even went so far as to plan our meals for the next three days.

  • I spent a little bit of time improving Make Better Mistakes and working on my reboot of Strabd.com. Still trying to figure out what my internet persona is. I think he’s somewhat like me, but he talks about beer and cheese more.

Concerns for the end of the year:

  • I’m really trying to do a better job at making time for learning outside of work. I’m not busy, I keep a fair amount of free time to just be with myself. But I find it difficult to shift into spending an hour or two on looking at more code. Oh, who am I kidding, I spent a few hours poking at a Sinatra projecthis weekend and I loved it. I just feel like I should be doing more, but I don’t know that I have the spare attention to dive into something new.

  • Live frugally in the next month. I want to recuperate and rest as we approach the start of Winter. This year has been a lot of moving and now that it has stopped, I want to see if I can just enjoy where I am for a few.

  • I want to enjoy my home, which means eating good food, sipping good beers, playing my guitar… but I also want to get into contributing with some open source projects, because I know a few neat folks who I admire that make open source contributions, and I want to be like them.

Lucky and Smiling, Strand

From Twitter 05-14-2011

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From Twitter 05-13-2011

  • 08:15:40: RT @JPBarlow: You can learn a lot more about Practical Anarchy in Detroit at the moment than you can at Burning Man.
  • 08:42:11: RT @mcmoots: You know how sometimes you realize that you had an alternate interpretation of an earlier conversation & thus said wrong th ...
  • 12:26:22: Anxiety, like woah!
  • 13:15:28: @mcmoots It's that or the sunshine, and I like sunshine.
  • 13:16:19: @Ttalsnov Thank you, sir.
  • 13:20:31: RT @busterbenson: Don't be afraid that being afraid is the only thing that keeps the things you're afraid of from getting you.
  • 13:26:10: @FarMcKon But Lex Luthor is bald.
  • 13:28:24: @Goopypanther I prefer an em dash to the double en, but will use one in a pinch.
  • 13:41:43: Someone should make an herbal tea blend called "calm the fuck down" so I can pour myself a glass of "calm the fuck down."
  • 14:56:07: @aerobicfish I think I'm not getting enough fiber. Or I need a weekend. Or I'm not doing enough maintenance. Or I need more sunshine and fre
  • 21:04:26: @aerobicfish There should be an Arial dog what looks almost like the Helvetica dog.
  • 21:05:24: @EGBridge Add "acquire commas" to the list.
  • 21:20:27: RT @KrispyJ: Everyone's telling me The Rapture is coming on May 21st, BUT NO ONE WILL TELL ME WHERE THEY'RE PLAYING! WTF? I'm sick of se ...
  • 23:22:24: RT @abraham: Hacker Writing Style - “This sentence no verb”, “Too repetetetive”, “Bad speling”, “Incorrectspa cing.”- http://goo.gl/cvT6s

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From Twitter 05-12-2011

  • 08:58:13: RT @FarMcKon: Everything looks interesting until you do it. Then you find it's just another job. - Terry Pratchett,
  • 17:11:56: An echo chamber of self doubt almost made me vomit after being told to go away. Would appreciate genuine praise from friends.

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From Twitter 05-11-2011

  • 15:53:15: From now on '{' shall be known as "left moustache," and '}' as "right moustache."
  • 18:02:15: RT @mattrebeiro: One of the most important things you learn from the internet is that there is no ‘them’ out there, just an awful lot of ...
  • 18:20:01: @vonslatt My father worked in construction. Broke his leg when I was young, has knee and shoulder issues from the work. I prefer keyboards.
  • 18:26:37: @lunasidhe Sounds nom-alicious, are you making that chili?
  • 18:29:26: @isafarnik If you were, then you would think this song is about you.
  • 19:59:51: RT @FarMcKon: "mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make" NOPE! #b ...
  • 19:59:55: RT @FarMcKon: (aka Android 3.0 is not open source http://bit.ly/hYnRAH )
  • 20:00:34: @lunasidhe I was the kid who liked mushroom pizza.
  • 20:10:10: RT @chentiffy: Fierce, Feminist Beats - The Rumpus.net http://tinyurl.com/3bov7gu
  • 20:39:02: @vonslatt I pace around the office and take workout breaks. Also can't beat nail guns or Hole Hawgs: http://s.coop/1dzw

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From Twitter 05-10-2011

  • 13:50:30: Mid-day workout + beet salad = focused mind.
  • 17:45:22: @themaili I never got why you have seven calendars. Now you don't have to.
  • 17:46:03: Do you care if I read your tweets?
  • 17:50:50: @TensorFlux Burn all of the work on a pyre. Hibernate. Begin anew.
  • 17:53:13: @mcmoots I want to lobby for more productive afternoons by way of not coming in in the morning. #notgonnahappen
  • 18:02:07: @fbaum The Elite.
  • 18:10:16: I must be blessed: I doubt I could ever become a workaholic, cause I hate the taste of workahol.
  • 18:28:53: @abraham Dress like the robot you want to become.

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From Twitter 05-09-2011

  • 12:34:15: RT @mcmoots: I want a "paste" function that is smart enough to convert smart quotes back to stupid quotes.

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From Twitter 05-08-2011

  • 13:32:33: RT @JPBarlow: Excellent analysis of Great Firewall by @EthanZ. It's less about power than culture & stability. http://bit.ly/mCZcMQ
  • 16:12:27: "If you want to write long sentences, be a genius. Or at least make sure the sentence is under control from beginning to end…"-W Zinsser

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From Twitter 05-07-2011

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