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new atom parser -- in ruby

Martín has released a super-cool Atom 1.0 parser in Ruby, hosted at RubyForge and available under an MIT license. It's a really good showcase of the flexibility of Ruby. Extending it is very easy. If you're into Ruby (or Atom :)) check it out, the extensibility mechanism he's put in place is quite something.

Apropos (?):

Professor Farnsworth: "Let me show you around. That's my lab table and this is my work stool and over there is my intergalactic spaceship. And here is where i keep assorted lengths of wire."
Fry: "Wow, a real live space ship!"
Farnsworth: "I designed it myself. Let me show some of the different lengths of wire I used."
:-)

Categories: soft.dev
Posted by diego on April 9, 2006 at 12:19 PM

promenade

For the last two days I've been humming Promenade non-stop, even though I haven't listened to it, or to most of The Unforgettable Fire in a long time. I figured that a way of exorcising whatever obsession has it pegged it to my mind, I could write down the lyrics here, and so it goes:


Promenade

Earth sky sea and rain
Is she coming back again
Men of straw sneak a whore
Words that build or destroy
Dirt dry bone sand and stone
Barbed-wire fence cut me down
I'd like to be around
In a spiral staircase
To the higher ground

And I, like a firework, explode
Roman candle lightning lights up the sky

In the cracked streets trampled under foot
Sidestep, sidewalk
I see you stare into space
Have I got closer now
Behind the face

Oh...tell me...
Charity dance with me
Turn me around tonight
Up through spiral staircase
To the higher ground

Slide show sea side town
Coca-Cola, football radio radio radio
Radio radio radio...

Hm. That's much better. :)

Categories: art.media
Posted by diego on April 9, 2006 at 11:28 AM

did you know...?

... that Ning is hiring? But of course you did! Well, here's a reminder then. :) If you're looking for something, go check out our list of current openings at http://jobs.ning.com/. From Java developers/architects to QA engineers and product management, there's something for everyone!

(Did I say Java? Wasn't Ning about PHP? Well, the apps are written in PHP. But there's a ton of Java in there --some really cool stuff-- even if it's not obvious... but that's a topic for another post).

And, hey, if you don't find what you want in there, but you think you want to work with us, send us an email anyway. :)

Categories: ning, soft.dev, technology
Posted by diego on April 4, 2006 at 9:08 PM

top 24 jack bauer facts

Just got this from my brother, one of these email chains that's going around. Heee-larious! Must read.

Top 24 Jack Bauer Facts

  • If Jack Bauer was in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and Nina Mayers, and he had a gun with 2 bullets, he'd shoot Nina twice.
  • 1.6 billion Chinese are angry with Jack Bauer. Sounds like a fair fight.
  • Jack Bauer could get off the Lost island in 24 hours.
  • Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up the location of the keys.
  • Jack and Jill went up the hill. Only Jack came down. Jill was a fucking terrorist.
  • The only reason you're conscious right now is because Jack Bauer doesn't want to carry you.
  • Killing Jack Bauer doesn't make him dead. It just makes him angry.
  • There were originally five horsemen of the apocalypse. Jack Bauer said he would travel by foot.
  • Jack Bauer sleeps with a gun under the pillow. But he could kill you with the pillow.
  • When Kim Bauer lost her virginity, Jack found it and put it back.
  • After running out of ammo, Jack stood in the line of fire, took 3 shots to the chest, and used them to reload.
  • A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Minister walked into a bar... and Jack Bauer is going to find out why...
  • Jack Bauer has no friends, because as a child when he would play cops and robbers, the robbers would all be interogated and killed.
  • Nostradamus once predicted in his journal: "In the century 21st, the one known as Jacques will be the savior of the world... five seasons in a row." Moments later, Jack Bauer knocked down the door, shot Nostradamus in the kneecaps, and yelled "WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR?!"
  • When life hands Jack Bauer Lemons, he kills Terrorists. Jack Bauer fuckin' hates lemonade.
  • As a boy, Jack Bauer interrogated his parents on Easter until they revealed the location and contents of each hidden egg.
  • Jack Bauer doesn't miss. If he didn't hit you it's because he was shooting at another terrorist twelve miles away.
  • When Kim Bauer lost her virginity, Jack found it and put it back.
  • Jack Bauer has been to Mars. Thats why there's no life on Mars.
  • On Jack Bauers Tax Returns, he has to claim the entire world as his dependants.
  • Jack Bauer can eat just one Lay's Potato Chip. Don't tell Jack what he can't fucking do.
  • It took God six days to get His job done; Jack has 24 hours.
  • Superman has Jack Bauer pajamas.
  • Jack Bauer is the reason Waldo is hiding.
Categories: random
Posted by diego on April 2, 2006 at 10:42 AM

da flu (or something)

Heh. Just as I was getting back into my blogging mood, I came down with some kind of flu or flu-like virus and there went everything. I spent the last week mostly in bed, and mostly sleeping. Tired as hell and all sorts of weird symptoms (dizziness, aches of various sorts), but now I seem to be getting better. At least I can stay at the computer for more than two hours without getting exhausted :)

Anyway. Let's see if I can get back in the fray.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on April 2, 2006 at 10:37 AM

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