Twitter Updates for 2008-04-30

  • I should’ve called in sick today. #
  • Backup is now on artists which starts with ‘J’. I’m worried when it reaches ‘P’ (Pink Floyd) and ‘T’ (The*) #
  • Backup: I completely forgot about "Joe Satriani". This is going to take a while >_< #
  • "You can’t open the application ‘iPhoto’ because it is not supported on this architecture." WAY TO GO, APPLE! #
  • … and ‘EFI Firmware Update 1.5.1’ never actuall installs, even when I try for three times. Apple is learning quality control from Micr … #
  • Firmware update: Does it run the Firmware Update application? No. Is it mentioned in the Software Update? No. "No need for manuals", eh, … #
  • iLife mysteriously disappeared. #
  • Symbian: Ruining the fun of programming, since… forever. #

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Bad Dogs Have More Fun

(Warning: I read the Brazilian Portuguese translated edition, so some of my points my be valid only on that.)

“Marley & Me.” A lot of people read it an liked it. I did. And, when I saw that my parents send me another book by John Grogan about dogs, I thought “Yay! Another dog book!” Too bad I was wrong.

The book is a collection of some stories posted by Grogan in his column in the newspapers. All them about dogs? No, just about three, one being the last chapter of “Marley & Me”, which brings the question of “Why such title, then?” Well, one of the stories is named “Bad Dogs Have More Fun.” And that’s it. It’s not even a good story and not the first story in the book. So, the answer of that question is: “To make this book sell, as people will think is another funny book about dogs.”

Let’s skip this issue and move forward. Are the columns good, anyway? The answer is: they are just a little bit below average. I read better columns every day on the “Sydney Morning Herald”, to be completely honest with you. There is this small infomercial about a place which sells wigs and other stuff to women with cancer (with full address and all), there is a nicely written column were the author post a nice “farewell” to his dog (which you already read in “Marley & Me”); a questioning about stereotypes when the author gives a poor woman a ride to the city… And then we have the mediocre pride to the flag column which almost made me puke. Honestly. I read half of it and skipped for the next one, ’cause I couldn’t stand so much brain-dead-mentality on it.

There is a nice picture that Grogan inadvertently writes about the American society. First, we have this sickly “OH MY GOD! I JUST LOVE MY FLAG! I WANT TO MAKE LOVE WITH IT IN FRONT OF MY KIDS TO PROVE MY LOVE FOR IT!” column and than another one saying “Yeah, I was in the airport and the officers used an anal probe on me, but that’s good, ’cause we are fighting terrorism” followed by, some columns later (which means some weeks later in real life), another one say “They anally probe me again. I wonder if that’s really necessary.” I mean, you can see, clearly, this man, which absolutely, blindly loves his country, start questioning the government politics about the whole fight against terrorism.

Also, Grogan shows his point of view of his best-seller book (no, I won’t type the title for a third time, you guys are probably going sick with it already.) To him, he is the main character in that book, not his dog. Now, if you read the book (yes, you do. If you don’t, go read it when you finish reading this), you’ll see that Marley is the main character. It’s not a book about Grogan and his dog, it’s a book about a Dog and its family. You know when the first Batman movie show up and people said that the real main character in the movie was The Joker, not Batman? So yeah, Gorgan is Batman.

Let me finish this saying some words about the translated version: it sucks. Donkey balls. One thing is when the written word is translated and you lose some information; another thing is when you lose information because the translator decides to use some liberties. I hate when that happens. The most common ones if when the author tries to describe some distance using two cities in their country; usually bad translators will translate not just the words, but also replace cities for some local ones (and it doesn’t even matter if they are big ones; sometimes they are known only by the translator). Same goes with food: instead of keeping the authors national dish, the translator decides to replace it with some local (to him/her) food. Both happen. Worst, the translator decided to translate even cities names. And, at some points, reading it made me feel like I was reading some 13-year-old girl book, with some cutesy-cutesy words.

Twitter Updates for 2008-04-29

  • UrbanDictionary: Proving that my English isn’t that bad. #
  • Hey @antrix, did you see this: http://mitter.jp? #
  • @antrix: Well, it’s not the "Maemo Twitter" anymore, anyway. But I got some "not a good name" around too. Any ideas? #
  • @antrix: Honestly, I like the name "Twitch". #
  • @antrix: Not yet. I’m far from Linux boxes these days :( And I still want to fix Mitter to make it work under Windows again. #
  • Pink Floyd reference in WoW: on Quest ‘Triage’, one of the patients sings ‘Goodbye Cruel World.’ #
  • @antrix: At normal hours. Now you should ask when I *sleep*. :) #
  • @antrix: I’ll sleep when I’m dead. :D #
  • @antrix: (Btw, I saw that line in WoW last weekend, but the song just played here, which made me remember the whole thing) #
  • Hm… Everything is fine with PyGTK. The problem is inside Mitter. #

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Twitter Updates for 2008-04-28

  • Today is going to be a loooong day #
  • I like to boo people. #
  • @mirianb: From the its-funny-laugh dept (about the Onomatopeyas link) #
  • @antrix: Yes, I fixed it. Well, not quite, I got an answer in the pipes. Look for the URL in the code. #
  • @antrix: I think it is pretty ugly (forcing every row to update itself), but it works, at least. And it’s not that slow either. #
  • Vin Diesel is the new Steven Segal. #
  • Checking why Mitter doesn’t work on Windows. #
  • Internet is shit and I don’t have VIM installed. How’s someone supposed to work in such environment? #
  • You complain and things start working. Reverse Murphy’s Law, I guess. #
  • Mitter problem is not the networking code. #
  • It looks like the problem is GTK itself. I can’t even create a simple Window using Python directly without it (the window) hanging. #
  • I think I’m getting some flu… #
  • @ferhr: Isso sao duas explicacoes. #
  • @solonbro: "Agenda setting"?!? WTF?!? #
  • … and Twitter still drops some random tweets… #
  • "Para, a largely lawless state": http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iXv0x2O1xRW1LO55HOVclsQgiRBQD909NUKG1 #
  • @solonbro: Ah. Eu tinha lido "agenda" em portugues e "setting" em ingles. Dai’ a confusao. #
  • "Updates" count < 10; following 1k+ people; No proper name = Welcome to my blocked list. #
  • Complains about Twitter API for users following more than 100 people seems so stupid. Those users don’t care about their friends list. #
  • Sometimes I want to hit Meio-Bit editors/writers with a large bat. #

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Twitter Updates for 2008-04-27

  • Woke up to type weird dream; amused tat it is still 2am. More sleep! #
  • Well, since I’m awake now, why not branch the 0.2.1 release of Mitter, update Freshmeat and check issues? ;) #
  • Not a single new Mitter issue (except one by @antrix). I don’t know if I’m happy or sad about that. #

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Twitter Updates for 2008-04-26

  • The expression "Synthetic sugar", when applied to computer languages, still puzzles me #
  • @mirianb IMO, every sweetener (a.k.a. sugar-substitute) is a synthetic sugar. #
  • "First Use of Unix Firewalls": http://l2u.iguana.be/fosdem/IMG_0789.JPG #
  • It looks like I finally managed to fix the "non-config" issue in Mitter. #
  • Now: configuring Mutt on OS X #
  • Copy^WChecking gak’s setup.py on how to submit Mitter to Cheese Shop #
  • There. Mitter 0.2 released. And I added it to Freshmeat and PyPi (Cheese Shop) #
  • Now I need to update the screenshots… :-/ #
  • Parallels: Turning your Core Duo into a 486 #
  • Nice. No pixmaps on the Mitter package. #
  • In other good news, there is no way to run Mitter on Windows now. I wonder why. #
  • Ok, screenshots updated and package fixed. Now, let the bug reports flow in… #
  • Crap. I need a longer description for Mitter. At least, longer than "Mitter is a Twitter client" #
  • Oh nice, it looks like Dreamhost screwed my WordPress install… #
  • False alarm. The blog is fine. Probably I tried to use it while it was in the middle of the upgrade. #
  • Trying to find my first tweet… #
  • There: My very first tweet: http://twitter.com/juliobiason/statuses/56289262 #
  • Freshmeat: You register your software, we add the confusion. #
  • Sleep time. Tomorrow, we have a big issue to close. #

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Mitter 0.2 “I’m Batman” hits the streets

Finally, after weeks of work (three), I did a new release of Mitter. I can’t take the whole credit for it: while I was working the the dark alleys of networking code, Deepak put a lot of love in the PyGTK interface, including a Systray notification.

And, for those who don’t like/can’t run PyGTK applications, we now have a simple console application.

For some reason, it seems that you can’t run it on Windows anymore. I couldn’t find the reason yet, but as soon as I find it, I’ll do a 0.2.1 release. Or, if it takes too long, it will be in the 0.3 release.

Regarding future releases, the next release will be a little bit more about code polishing than interface. The console UI exposed some not-really-well-thought things I did in the first design, so the idea now is to clean up that bit and be sure that we didn’t broke it too much.

Download available at the GoogleCode page. Let me know if you find any issues with this release.

Twitter Updates for 2008-04-20

  • Hm… Exceeded my request limit rate using Mitter. That’s some good testing, right? #
  • Looks like httplib is not very good to download images… #
  • Now I totally lost my faith on "The Spirit" movie: http://tinyurl.com/6hq96w #
  • And httplib is good for downloading images, except when you have a redirect in between. #
  • @antrix Is there an httplib2? Or do you mean urllib2? ‘Cause I was thinking about using urllib2 already… #
  • @antrix urllib2 just doesn’t fit on my new Thread-HTTP class, but since I’m breaking everything any, it wouldn’t be so bad… #
  • @antrix I’m not very keen in adding another external lib. #
  • @antrix I don’t like more external things because of the Maemo interface. I’d have to package Mitter AND httplib2 to make it work there. #

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