For fun

To spend a good time having fun.

Nice juxtaposition

Browsing the “Recommendations” from Google Reader, I saw these two stories, one right after the other:

Why You Should Never Pay More Than $10 For HDMI Cables // 3-pack of 6' HDMI cables $7 + Free Shipping

¡Más difícil todavía!

En este vídeo veréis qué cosas se me ocurre hacer cuando los juegos malabares y el cubo de Rubik ya no son un desafío lo suficientemente grande.

(Mi teoría es que todavía tengo jet-lag).

El ministro

—¡Por supuesto que trabajo sólo por el bien de la Nación! —replicó el ministro, con tono ofendido—. ¿Qué culpa tengo yo si los intereses de la Nación están tan perfectamente alineados con mis intereses particulares?

Light bulb trees

A photo of light bulb trees.

The light bulb is the fruit of the light bulb tree.

Many years ago, the light bulb tree used to yield fruit only during the last two weeks of December. However, lately it's been yielding light bulbs since earlier in the year and for longer each year.

Nobody is really sure of the reason, but most attribute it to global warming.

Proposal for a new Twitter API method

This proposal automates an existing, and very popular, use case. It is estimated that it will save between 1,000 and 10,000 RPC calls per invocation, and generally increase user satisfaction.

If you are reading this through an aggregator, formatting may have been lost, so you probably want to see this post in the original page.

spam/all_in_one
Convenience method for spammers.

Changes the user's avatar to a photo of a big-breasted woman, deletes all updates from the user's timeline and inserts one generated via Markov chains, follows between 1,000 and 5,000 randomly-selected users, gets the user's account blocked by 25% and reported as spam by 2% of those users, and finally gets it suspended from Twitter.

All those operations are performed instantly and atomically.

URL:
http://twitter.com/spam/all_in_one.format

Formats:
xml, json

HTTP method:
POST

Requires authentication:
true

API rate limited:
A user is allotted a limited number (1) of spams in a lifetime.

Response:

XML example:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<hash>
  <request>/spam/all_in_one.xml</request>
  <error>User has been suspended.</error>
</hash>

Usage examples:

cURL:

curl -u user:password -d '' http://twitter.com/spam/all_in_one.xml

The top 3 reasons to write a "best of" article

“Best of” lists have become very popular in lots of blogs: “the best 10 iPhone applications”, “the 7 most common excuses for tardiness”, “15 things everyone should know about rubber manufacture”. In this post, I analyse the top 3 reasons why those have become so popular.

1. A lot of people still take them at face value.

Many blog writers make a living off advertising revenue, so it's extremely important to attract traffic to boost page views and clicks. Many people don't know that this type of story is very common nowadays, so when they see one they will post a link to it in other sites: usually in their blogs and Twitter, and if you are lucky, it will get to high-traffic sites like Digg or Slashdot. Jackpot!

2. You don't need to actually research them.

The easiest blog posts to write are the ones where you don't actually need to research or document anything. With a “best of”, you don't need to do that. If someone says that you omitted some crucial element, you can just say that it wasn't so important or good to belong in your “best of” list.

3. You can stop at any moment.

For example, if you set out to make a “top 5” but then cannot come up with 5 elements, you can just go and change the title of the story to “top 3”, and nobody will be able to say that it's incomplete!

I hope you enjoyed this article with the top 3 reasons to write a “best of” article.

Recados para españoles

Tengo un recado para ese grupo de chavales españoles que se ha venido a Dublín de excursión.

Vane, tu amiga te está llamando, a gritos, desde hace cinco minutos. Por favor, hazle caso para que se calle y, de paso, dile que no sea tan ordinaria. Que la oigo desde la otra orilla del Liffey. Gracias.

Bicis de Dublín

Poco antes de que comenzara a operar en Dublín el nuevo sistema de alquiler de bicicletas, la prensa pidió su opinión a un representante de la menos numerosa que antaño, pero todavía influyente, comunidad yonki de Dublín.

— Bah, esas bicis no sirven para nada —fue su veredicto—. Son demasiado distintivas.

Civic pride

As you know, I've been living in Ireland for a bit over two years. That's why, even though I'm not an Irish citizen, I was really proud when I heard the news that an Garda Síochána, the Police force of the Republic of Ireland, has won a prize.

Yes, an Garda has won the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize on Literature. Their work: issuing dozens of tickets all over the territory of the Republic to the most persistent infringer, a Polish citizen called Prawo Jazdy. Whose name, coincidentally, means “Driving Licence”.

Congratulations, and good work!

Confesiones de un troll de Internet

Este vídeo-documental demuestra que el que juega con fuego (aunque sea virtual) a veces se quema.