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crimulus’ weekly Twitter updates — 2010-11-21

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Posted by on November 21, 2010 in Twitter Updates

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crimulus’ weekly Twitter updates — 2010-09-05

  • “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” ~Charles Darwin #
  • I admit I really haven’t followed this story, but this #Wikipedia article reads like a book! #chileanmines #
  • Workout month 1 complete … August turned out to be a pretty productive month. #
  • What Different Sorting Algorithms Sound Like via @geekosystem Wonderful … *tears* #
  • Could this be anything less than f*ing incredible? (Tethys passing in front of Titan) #Cassini #
  • @Twitbin The 2.7 plugin version works great, but it does not save login credentials, and you have to keep logging in. #
  • Existence can be heartbreaking, but non-existence would be heart-stopping. #
  • Your eyes scream the end is creepin in. I’ll need 37 stitches to keep the pain in. #
  • BBC News – Charles Darwin’s ecological experiment on Ascension isle #
  • RT @CarConnection : Lithium-Ion Batteries Get Green Kudos, Better Than Gasoline #
  • “The Extraordinary Tale of Red Rain, Comets and Extraterrestrials ” Hmmm … #
  • NASA Selects Investigations for First Sun Encounter Mission – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory #
  • It would be nice to be able to leave my office to get a coffee and not get accosted 500 times … #
  • I think I heart this moon (definitely this image!)..thx @profbriancox for first showing it to me #wotss #
  • Facebook To Add Remote Logout: #
  • #Hawking God didn’t create universe 301 quadrillion+ people recommend. LOL #
  • – ** Ok 301 trillion … sorry I overestimated the commas … #
  • RT @slashdot “New Malware Imitates Browser Warning Pages” You ha
    ve been advised … #
  • Missing Piece Inspires New Look at Mars Puzzle – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory #
  • “DVDs Don’t Turn Toddlers Into Vocabulary Einsteins – Science News” Fantastic parental insight … #
  • Enlightening the future often obscures the present because, in our haste, we concede the obsolescence of the past. #
  • The #Ishmael series is such a concise commentary on the human ego. Particularly, the idea of The Great Forgetting #
  • Power … it’s for the weak. #

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Twitter weekly updates by crimulus for 2010-06-27


Posted by on June 27, 2010 in Twitter Updates

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Twitter weekly updates by crimulus for 2010-04-25

  • "Whatever thy hand findest to do," Solomon said, "do thy doggonedest." #
  • Awesome … #facebook is down. Shouldn't it have a fail whale … or maybe a fail-whale-tale. LOL #
  • Happy Earth Day! Plant a tree or just go outside and enjoy the beauty of spring! Or, alternatively, crank the radio and rock out. #
  • My #symphonyofscience cover (We Are All Connected) has almost broken 600 views (huge for me!) Check it out! #

Posted by on April 25, 2010 in Twitter Updates

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Tax dollars should not allow a U.S. official to make MORE than their salary

This is a cause that I have come up with, and I think it a noble one.  Get more details on the Facebook group page, but the jist is:

U.S. taxpayer dollars should never allow a U.S. official (Representative, Senator, President, judge, or anyone else whose salary is paid by public taxes) to make MORE than the salary for his/her position.

Example: If a Senator’s 2009 salary is $174k, but he/she made $80k on a real estate deal in 2009, they would only be allowed to keep $94k in wages from the federal government.

President Obama said in his State of the Union speech last night:

Families across the country are tightening their belts and making tough decisions. The federal government should do the same.

I think my idea is a very simple way for him and for Congress (and others) to demonstrate that.  Check it out.


Posted by on January 28, 2010 in Commentary, Politics

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Day 1 of eBay DevCon 2009 plus a little tour of Northern California!

Corresponding pictures for this blog are available here:

My business partner Chris and I have made our 3rd voyage to eBay DevCon, this year in wonderful San Jose in northern California (where the girls are warm so I could hear my sweet baby say … ).

We flew in last night, Jet Blue flight 317 direct from Washington Dulles to Oakland International.  Oddly enough, Chris’ neighbor Tooland happened to be the pilot, and he hooked us up with a free Heineken — yeah baby.  Anyway, it was a very long 6 hour flight (it was only 6 hours 23 minutes in the air when I flew to Paris from Philly), and we had some rocky air with a little detour as there were t-storms and tornadoes in Kansas.

We touched down at around 9pm local time (12am EST) and headed over to Budget Rental where we picked up our awesome Kia compact POS.  🙂  Actually, it’s not too bad — good turning radius and small — hard for all the crazy California drivers to smash into.  We got to the hotel at 10:30 or so and proceeded to pass out.

So here we are in beautiful San Jose.  Well, cities are just cities, and, being the tree fanatic that I am, we had to visit the redwoods.  We got up early this morning — 6:30 or so, and decided to make our way to the Big Basin Redwoods State Park.  Now, for whatever reason, we put “shortest distance” into the GPS instead of “fastest time,” and we ended up on California route 35 — heading across the mountains on one of the steepest, windiest, but most scenic roads, I could have ever imagined.  I got some awesome pics of northern California vegetation, and, finally, about 2 hours later, we got to the park.

Now let me tell you, the coastal redwoods surprised me.  For all that they are huge, in the grand scheme of things, they really don’t seem all that large.  Really, a 300ft tall tree is only as tall as a football is long.  Gargantuan for a tree, yes, but in the grand scheme of things, they just feel like another tree — just ones that dwarf any big tree we have back east.  That being said, they are so tall and straight, they are kind of modest.  If a broad, bushy oak grew 300ft tall with a 200ft wide crown, I doubt I could relate to the perspective of such a tree being so modest.

From the park, we made our way to Santa Cruz so we could at least see the Pacific ocean.  We spent a little time at Seabright beach, and ate at a nice little place on the wharf named Aldo’s.  Apparently Guy Fieri ate there once.  The burger was delicious, and we had a little European Starling join us for a bite.  We named him Fred, and we were the best of buds.

From there, we headed back up route 17 to the eBay campus here in San Jose to listen to Madhu Gupta and company present the basic ins and outs of the new eBay selling manager pro applications platform.

General high points:

  • eBay items trade at a velocity of $2000/second
  • Some eBay sellers might put more trust in third party apps if they appeared to be hosted by eBay
  • eBay decided to make a platform where third party developers could integrate with eBay in a smart iframe or in hosted HTML
  • They will use the open gadgets specification
  • This will launch in August

Now, we have already developed our first application for this platform.  It is eZ labelZ for eBay, and it is a variation on our site — geared to provide great integration with the already present eBay APIs so that sellers can print functional labels for their items.

Since we have been involved in the project since the alpha, most information was nothing new, but it was good to get a concrete overview.

Afterwards was “Happy Hour” with free beer and hors-d’oeuvres, and some networking.  We had some great chats with some eBay personnel, especially the documentation team, and well, what can I say?  Free beer.

So now we’re back at the hotel and I have hundreds of pics to parse through.  Hopefully they will appear on Facebook tonight and I will link them here.


Posted by on June 16, 2009 in Commentary, Computers, Personal, Programming

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