hoodwink.d enhanced


Go DHH Yourself #

by why in cult

This weekend was RailsConf 2006. So many earnest talks, so much going on. Some favorite stuff:

  1. I liked watching the Rails messageboard evolve. My bow to the anonymous manga. Real lady. Respect.
  2. Glad to be 12 of 39 49. PC people are a humble and persecuted people. Yes, we must endure longer boot times. But we sense our extinction and we’ve pledged to use this precious time to breed.
  3. my_attire.replace: :”ceci n’est pas un string” and, believe me, I would do what Jesus did. (In other words: not get the joke right away until Sebastian explained it. Hehe!)
  4. I want a Martin Fowler puppet. Since I can’t have the real Martin Fowler. Sorry to keep you up so late, Martin! (And Deb, Joey, Obie, friends.)
  5. Lots of adoration for NekoVM (and HaXe, as well.) I had thought it was just kind of a fringe thing, but Robert Feldt is actually working on a Ruby framework called Ruccola and we should see some code late summer? Rich went off on this like it was the pure, unbreaded Scientology.
  6. My first time hacking with Rubyists right there outta the same floor socket. Zed and Rick and I got the mongrel_upload_progress plugin cleaned up. For being the straightest arrow in our quiver, Zed sure seems to be surprisingly okay with the rest of us.
  7. During Paul Graham’s talk, one of the Cups (Oliver Mooradian) was laughing and just like saying, “Wow,” and, “Oh, that’s awesome.” These outsider ideals transcend coding. But it’s really cool that we get to live them.
  8. Mucca Pazza’s costumes and formations are paralyzing. People of the future will fill their uniforms with pinned accolades at the close of a number.
  9. I hate my black laptop for resisting defacement. All the smart folks have silver down there.
  10. Ogijun and Shugo Maeda brought me a crisp copy of the handheld Takahashi Method! THE BIG. I treasure it.

For my part, I got to be tacky and directionless and inept. I truly apologize to anyone who really wanted substance. Isn’t Leonie just a freak of magic clay?? Good work to the Cups, they’re good friends, wonderful people that just enjoy at all times.

I really value Rubyists. Recently, a Python friend on IRC told me that he had a hard time getting his software noticed among Pythonists. In fact, most of his traffic came from Rubyists who were kind of interested in what he was doing. I think Pythonistas lack the togetherness and are alot more disconnected. I could be wrong, but I don’t think everyone has this kind of neighborhood.

Rubyists are all over each other’s projects, though. So much collaboration and patching. Even informal code snippets posted on random blogs get reshaped and improved and rehacked over time. It’s a good moment in time. It won’t last forever, but I’ll bet we can keep it going for another five years at least. Maybe longer?

said on 26 Jun 2006 at 16:06

NekoVM, eh? I didn’t see that one coming. So is NekoVM what Parrot aspired to be?

said on 26 Jun 2006 at 16:21

One of my favorite comments of the weekend (forgot who said it):

Only in this group [Rubyists] would you find Martin Fowler talking with Why the Lucky Stiff.

said on 26 Jun 2006 at 18:50

“Recently, a Python friend on IRC told me that he had a hard time getting his software noticed among Pythonists.”

What was it? Where did he announce it? What was the quality? Was it needed? Imagine someone coming along in the Ruby world and saying “Hey—I’ve got this new Rails clone, check it out. Anyone? Hello?”

“I think Pythonistas lack the togetherness and are alot more disconnected.”

Python is a larger (English at least) universe than Ruby. It’s much easier to get noticed in the Ruby world. If you REALLY want to get noticed, write something in Lisp or Haskell—if one of those guys sneezes, the rest of them collectively say “Bless you.”

That’s cool that you think the Ruby community is a big hug, but why the unnecessary dig at python? Python is big enough that there are several subcommunities within it that are doing very well (web development, games, education, scientific, etc). They each have their own leaders focusing on their domains. Python has already been “discovered” whereas Ruby is still in that phase right now (outside of Japan). I remember when Python was relatively new and other Pythonistas saw each other as having a lot in common. I think a lot of them have stopped focusing on the telescope and are looking at the stars.

It’s all good—I consider myself a Pythonista, but I like Ruby and see it as a brother/sister to Python.

said on 26 Jun 2006 at 19:24

I don’t want a hug from a python. I’m thinking that’s not a good idea.

said on 26 Jun 2006 at 19:32

I hate my black laptop for resisting defacement. All the smart folks have silver down there.

You could use white-out. I did that with my first laptop. First just a few inscriptions, runes, what have you, but in the end it was entirely covered. Inevitable, really.

said on 26 Jun 2006 at 22:22

EnigmaJerk: It’s a self-righteous rant, you can feel free to ignore it if you like.

technomancy: Ooooo, porcelain!! I’m on it!!

said on 26 Jun 2006 at 22:53

why, it was an absolute pleasure meeting you, and sitting at the bar between you and Martin Fowler on Saturday night pulled down the pants of my mind!

if ever you need some accordion backup in your band, let me know…

said on 26 Jun 2006 at 23:03

Chicago is so far away from Berlin :...(

said on 26 Jun 2006 at 23:52

So what is The BIG PRES TION ?

Thanks for performing (in all media) at RailsConf. Made the day double in enthusiasm and triple fun!

Did you hear about that self-distributed music thing? I can’t remember what it was called, but it looked pretty good. I’ll find out what it is, but it’d be great if you would record some of your stuff and put them up on iTunes with it.


said on 27 Jun 2006 at 00:32

Why, Thanks to you and the cups for your show. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Also, the full set of nonconformists are up, and there are 49 in total. I wish you luck with your aspirations of breeding. :)

said on 27 Jun 2006 at 08:18

Matt, I have “TuneCords” written down in my notes but I can’t find a link at the moment….

said on 27 Jun 2006 at 08:32

Matt: it’s TuneCore (http://www.tunecore.com/).

said on 27 Jun 2006 at 08:59

Thanks Joey! Bad notes! Bad!

said on 27 Jun 2006 at 09:24

Hey, Joey, next time we hook up, I’ll make sure to bring my trombone and we’ll duet like that. I have an accordion, but I suck and can only play sad songs. :(

murphy: Your friends love you, though, and they have a gift for ya.

Matt Todd: With the slip cover on: I think this is Audrey’s copy.

Xian: Any pictures of Zed? I think he had an LG.

said on 27 Jun 2006 at 11:37

No Zed pictures sadly. I never even managed to meet him all weekend.

said on 27 Jun 2006 at 11:50

Hey Joey, just curious, ever heard of the ‘Cavichord’?

said on 27 Jun 2006 at 15:16

Xian: Zed has an HP laptop running Ubuntu. It weighs about 1000 pounds, and is named ‘Gigantor’.

said on 27 Jun 2006 at 15:59

Steve Jobs has obedience laquer. That is why I use a mac.

said on 27 Jun 2006 at 17:13

Though my exposure to a variety of programming subcultures is still fairly limited, I’ve often felt similarly to what why is expressing here about the Ruby community. Rubyists seem like a warmer, looser and more free-spirited bunch compared to many.

said on 27 Jun 2006 at 17:21

Thanks for the picture, _Why. I guess the book is called “The Book of Takahashi Method”, in Japanese.

So, yeah, do you plan on doing the TuneCore thing? Please say yes!


said on 27 Jun 2006 at 18:54

3 cheers for ruby and its friendly community..

said on 27 Jun 2006 at 21:10

100_0501.JPG is pretty much the conf for me..

said on 28 Jun 2006 at 12:09

Phil: Yes exactly ;)

said on 28 Jun 2006 at 13:28

c3: Go go gadget forearms. Way to frame it up all nice an square.

We didn’t say a word to each other, but now that I know who you are, I’m wincin that I didn’t get to leech some llor.nu bots…

12 Jul 2010 at 22:16

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