Archive for April, 2008

History meme

As per Dive Into Mark.

As zachhale

tarsi:~ zachhale$ uname -a
Darwin tarsi.lan 9.2.2 Darwin Kernel Version 9.2.2: Tue Mar  4 21:17:34 PST 2008; root:xnu-1228.4.31~1/RELEASE_I386 i386

tarsi:~ zachhale$ history | awk '{a[$2]++}END{for(i in a){print a[i] " " i}}' | sort -rn | head
81 git
65 cd
46 nano
44 cap
34 ssh
31 ss
23 ls
20 scp
15 sudo
11 mate

As root

sh-3.2# history | awk '{a[$2]++}END{for(i in a){print a[i] " " i}}' | sort -rn | head
77 svn
44 ls
30 cd
18 pwd
11 sudo
10 nano
10 mate
10 cp
10 apachectl
7 mysql

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Faking shrimp cocktail

  • I forget how nice Seattle gets in the summer. Winter sure is a downer, but once it starts to get nice it gets nice.
  • Diet drinks (or rather, the fake sugar replacements) are starting to scare me. I have almost completely cut diet sodas and drinks out of my diet.
  • When out of shrimp, I can attest for imitation crab being a suitable replacement for the shrimp portion of shrimp cocktail.
  • Does anybody actually buy pre-made cocktail sauce? Ketchup + Horseradish is not hard.
  • I’m being patient until I get around to trying green tea + ginger ale. When I do get around to it, though, I’m not sure whether I should try it cold or warm. Heat up the soda or cool the tea?
  • Lists are beautiful.

Spammy Twitter followers galore!

This is not a recent occurrence but Twitter is turning into quite a nice platform for getting unsuspecting users to learn about you and/or your company with very little effort.

Three easy steps to making me angry and confused for spending time to learn about your spammy self.

  1. Get a Twitter profile
  2. Post enough times throughout the day to make it look like you are somewhat legit (whether or not you are legit doesn’t matter)
  3. Start maneuvering the public social graph on Twitter adding anyone and everyone you find that looks like they aren’t a friend hoarder like yourself and will give you the light of day to visit your profile, read a few tweets, and click on your link
  4. … profit?

It seems a little bit petty to be complaining about this but I’m honestly unsure as to how to combat these people who follow me on Twitter and are obviously only doing so as an advertising mechanism. Some are legitimate, reasonable people with interesting lives and are only out there to find other interesting people to follow. Most, though, have a following-to-follower ratio of over 100-to-1 – obviously they are not showing much discression.

Twitter gives me a few options for these people: block or do nothing. Should I block them or just ignore it? I don’t actually care if they follow me, but it sure inflates my own following-to-follower ratio. I don’t want to come off as an ass and block someone legitimately interested in following me (though I don’t know why that would be the case, either).

Petty, I know. Yay social media marketing. :/

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