Experimental, impressionistic sub-paragraph tumblin' (think obstsalat)


23:37 <xal> like i said, numbering is entirly arbituary. The drupal project calls it major version after running a code beautifyer

Yes, I admit I did self-google:

By far one of the most “…uh… what?” blogs I’ve seen that I actually found by a trackback to one of my unit testing blog posts. Worth a look, if only for the seemingly random Bob Dylan and Latin phrases mixed in. It’s almost a link blog, only a little more “spiritual” :) — Roy Osherove on Anachaia

6A [Six Apart] is like a black hole for creative people. Folks who, a year or two ago, were among the leading voices in the discussion of how weblogs were changing our culture, were coding all sorts of useful plug-ins for Movable Type, or were pushing the edges of web design are now focused on making software that generates revenue and aren’t saying a whole lot about it. — Jason Kottke, A whole new internet?

19:04 <hal9000_> ILIAS IS BACK. Do not respond. Do not respond. Do not respond.
butterfly1 photogram

I want to play, who threw my toys away
And gave me coffee, who wants some coffee?
I’m in business on the wrong side of your bay.
— Adam Green, Down on the Street

19:02 <rue> The unfortunate events in one's life: 1. The cessation of all life; 2. Java; 3. Moving

Möglicherweise sind Gefängnisse die einzigen sinnvollen Residenzen für Päpste. — Lars Strojny, Und es kam, wie es kommen musste

Schloss & Strawberries
14:39 <Frixon> flowhase: OK, du bist Informatiker…es grenz schon fast an ein Wunder, dass du weisst was Frauen sind, WOZU brauchst du 50 Kondome? ;)


morning sunrise
A MomEnt That La$ts ForeVer ♡

Longer than the wall of china,
Longer than your hair in the 80s,
Longer than the long run,
Longer than the longest winter,
Longer than noone.
— Brazilian Girls, Long


dizzing palm trees
18:31 * Austin__ ponders.
18:37 <kyu> I misread that as Austin powers for a second there
18:38 * kyu runs

Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings. — Heinrich Heine

Auch eigenartig, auf einem gebraucht gekauften Handy Soundbits aus Hitler-Reden zu finden. — Sigrid Neudecker

ThoughtRSS is just as spamless as whitelisted e-mail.
ThoughtWhen will we measure times not in seconds anymore, but in megabytes we have in our GMail accounts?


mustard on the street

Es ist gut, dass Sie in Sachen Harry Potter aufklären, denn dies sind subtile Verführungen, die unmerklich und gerade dadurch tief wirken und das Christentum in der Seele zersetzen, ehe es überhaupt recht wachsen konnte. — Joseph Ratzinger zu Gabriele Kuby

Lisp is somewhat similar. It’s well regarded in the CS community, so if you don’t like it, then you’re not well informed’or maybe your little brain just can’t understand it. — Ben Giddings

Don’t you know we’re riding with the king?
Don’t you know we’re riding with the king?
Riding, you’re riding with the king.
You’re riding, you’re riding with the king.
— Eric Clapton & B.B. King, Riding With the King


22:03 <chris2_> usually it crashes here before :P or there is an updape
22:03 <chris2_> wtf is an updape?
22:03 <ThreeDayMonk> chris2_: upgrades for monkeys?
22:04 <chris2_> new tail(1) etc

My favorite was Tom Love describing how he bought a lot for his house in wooded Connecticut. He climbed a tree to about where his second story window would be. Only he knew the view he would have—the realtors had not realized that they were on enough of a hill to get a clear view of the neighboring countryside. He bought the lot immediately. — The Wiki, Spike Described


Tell me something, tell me stupid, will I die, will I die on a rope?
Tell me something, tell me stupid, will I die, will I die?
— The Distillers, Die On A Rope

18:07 * slyphon shakes his fist at the gods
18:07 <chris2> slyphon.zap!
class I

Never ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for you
No man’s an island on his own, he’s part of you
— Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, For Whom The Bell Tolls

Show me your flowcharts and conceal your tables, and I shall continue to be mystified. Show me your tables, and I won’t usually need your flowcharts; they’ll be obvious. — Fred Brooks, The Mythical Man Month

NP: The Distillers—Distilla Truant



I think that in the case of many amateurs such as many bloggers, Wikipedians and most open source developers, the amateurs are happy being amateurs and don’t feel that they are in any way inferior to their professional counterparts. […] There are very few people who prefer professional sex to amateur sex. — Joi Ito, Amateurs vs Professsionals

I will walk…with my hands bound
I will walk…with my face blood
I will walk…with my shadow flag
Into your garden, garden of stone…yeah…
— Pearl Jam, Garden

Window and Ivy, Bath

Across the country through the fields
You know I see it written ‘cross the sky
People rising from the highway
And war war is the battle cry
And it’s wild wild wild wild.
— The Distillers, Ask the Angels


19:12 <eTM> chris: wenn sich jetzt noch mal 24 Päpste den namen Benedikt geben haben wir "Benedikt XL"
19:12 <chris2> LOL
19:13 <chris2> wann gibts XXL?
19:13 <eTM> chris: schade das Benedikt XML nicht möglich ist
19:13 <chris2> LOL
Trip to Denver USA, Educause 2004
15:05 <flori> pythoness or pyhtonissa is not a female python programmer, but a witch
15:06 <flori> this warning was brought to you by matthew hopkins, witchfinder general.
kanya frb 14



I spend the rest of the day playing and coding Su Doku. :-P

Do you remember the rage?
I remember the hate
I remember that it rained for years
And the blood has left a stain
— The Distillers, I Am A Revenant

Used to be the now gone tomas_s/10535146.

Rüby: For Heavy Metal Coding — James Britt


18:31 <hal9000_> i think karl marx had problems with oop. he was always talking about class struggles
18:33 <ThreeDayMonk> "For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him."
18:33 <hal9000_> "Ruby is the opiate of the hackers."
18:33 <dblack> "methods of the world, unite. you have nothing to chain but your return values."
Unnamed Tarn
ThoughtI discovered a new Pokémon, “Catchupino”. It always runs around with a coffee cup on his head. The main way of fighting is “Mokka Attack”…
guarda-sol de Buzios
5:33 <dragonkh> I rebuilt my pc the other day to run astrisk the os pbx
15:33 <dragonkh> and I found a mem error with my box - it was seg faulting on kernel rebuild
15:34 <dragonkh> so i narrowed it down to the hardware - a stick of 512
15:34 <dragonkh> I pulled it out and I was looking at it - but I also needed a pee - so I was doing 2 things at once
15:34 <dragonkh> then I dropped the 512 stick down the toilet !!
15:34 <dragonkh> I had to get my plunger out as it went behind the bend
15:34 <dragonkh> then eventually i got it out and dried it with the hair dryer
15:35 <dragonkh> and guess what it still worked !!
15:08 <jer> Austin__, nah, nothing is infinite; infinity doesn't even exist, we're just too lazy to follow the entire path to find out what's at the end =]

And the cops just blew on in here
And we’re in some kind of raid
I just hope that they’ll release us
For the Thanksgiving Day Parade
— Dan Bern, Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thank goodness Class#superclass doesn’t return -1 on error, otherwise we’d all be shocked to find out Object inherited from an instance of Fixnum. ;-) — Jon A. Lambert


Used to be the now gone xmark/10265276.

Ratzinger chose Benedict XVI as his name in memory of St. Benedict, who kept alive Christianity in the Middle Age, against barbarians. The new barbarians, in Ratzinger’s view, are liberals and relativists, and a new St. Benedict is probably needed to fend them off. — Ugo Cei, Italian catholics don’t get the new pope

I’ll sell you the moon, I’ll sell you the stars
And the forests with the lonesome wolfhound’s wail
But my love, my love is not for sale
My love, my love is not for sale
— Dan Bern, My Love Is Not For Sale

15:53 <slyphon> is there a way to make rake take command-line parameters?
15:53 * slyphon smirks @ "make rake take"

Used to be the now gone 22047521@N00/10263133.

We don’t need namespaces and never did. Imagine how many person-hours would have been saved if we didn’t have them. ;-} — Bob Foster, on xml-dev.

NP: Dan Bern—Lightning Jazz


21:34 <DarkUnicorn> ha! ruby 0.12 beseitigt die schrecklichen sql queries fuer assoziationen
21:36 <DarkUnicorn> woa, das ist ja wie weihnachten :)
21:38 <chris2> RAUS HIER
French fries and cheese baked vegetables


On the telephone, I can have an important business conversation in my underwear (or worse). If I do this with video, I’m into a whole new business ;-) — Jim Van Meggelen,


For God wrote in Lisp code
When he filled the leaves with green.
The fractal flowers and recursive roots:
The most lovely hack I’ve seen.
— Bob Kanefsky, Eternal Flame

habemus papam
18:48 <lampo> He's OUT!
18:48 <ThreeDayMonk> what, the first gay Pope too?
18:49 <chris2> LOL
18:23 <slyphon> jaska: in my hometown most of the bells are recorded and played over loudspeakers
18:23 <slyphon> it's really freakin' lame
18:23 <vruz> what did you expect ? a SMS message from the Vatican ?
18:24 <chris2> vruz: i expected the priest go to his shell, tune up and echo -e '\a\a\a'
More White Smoke
17:52 <lampo> white smoke!
17:52 <chris2> lampo: no kiddin?
17:53 <lampo> CNN is waiting for bells to ring to confirm
17:53 <bronson> hopefully the Vatican isn't just on fire…
17:42 <chris2> omg. the end is near.
17:43 <chris2> now flash ads start to ask you for your connection speed

Joe Christ worked on the weekends
And on the major holidays, you bet
You know he would have tended bar on Christmas
If Christmas had been invented yet
— Dan Bern, The Dispassion of Joe Christ

The sad thing about this year’s International Obfuscated Ruby Code Contest is that there were more sponsors than there were contestants. — Why The Lucky Stiff


21:20 <slyphon> what's a functor?
21:20 <kwangjun> It's like a pastor, but in the church of the Anathematicians
18:53 <Locker> then again I always loved Darth Vader so using MS apps doesn't bug me <G>

Blue metal spaceship from an old charcoal grill
Curly orange something-or-other than blows where it will
500 years from now what stories will they tell
Of monuments to daughters on a green Wisconsin hill
— Dan Bern, Sculptures and Beautiful Girls

18:04 <chris2> AAAH
18:04 <chris2> WWAHH ICCK
18:04 <chris2> #pragma omp parallel for reduction(+:res) private(ZZ)
18:04 <slyphon> chris2: engineers and scientists don't have much use for "aesthetics"
18:05 <chris2> slyphon: i disagree
18:05 <chris2> slyphon: numberfrogs dont :P

… and on that note, here’s my answer to “How do I convert a string to a date”; Put pearls on the string. — Bill Guindon

Venice, Italy
14:04 –> Symmetry ( has joined #ruby-lang
14:06 <chris2> hi Symmetry yrtemmyS ih
14:06 <Symmetry> :P


19:00 <eTM> Bible#decode!
19:00 <eTM> hmm
19:01 <eTM> die unbefleckte Emnpfängis könnte man eigentlich als injection bezeichnen!
Pink and Gold

I have been trying Font Lock mode, which I never used to use before. — Richard Stallman


ThoughtGmail’s SMTP server is funny. :-)
220 ESMTP d6sm628885wra
214 2.0.0
22:41 <vruz> chris2: matz doesn't need worship to live :-)
22:41 <chris2> yeah
22:42 <chris2> go to church and pray for him then, or whatever
22:42 <chris2> light a lampda
20:55 <lampo> right right… I have to drop one domino and start the domino effect
[Bloom from Below]

…it just sort of feels happy. Like Ruby. — Chris Pine

ThoughtUsing “Comic Sans” in an obituary notice verges on desecration of corpses…

If I could be king even for a day
I’d take you as my queen I’d have it no other way
And our love will rule in this kingdom we have made
Till then I’d be a fool wishin’ for the day
— Eric Clapton, Change the world


20:04 <eTM> Ich glaub ich hab mich für XML::Smart entschieden
20:05 <eTM> hab gestern allerdings 3 halbe dafür gebraucht
20:05 <eTM> (nicht stunden :-)

Now that ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
You play the guitar on the mtv
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free
Money for nothin’ and chicks for free
— Dire Straits, Money For Nothing


I honestly think that Dylan is as good as Shakespeare… — George Galloway

“No reason to get excited,” the thief, he kindly spoke, “There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.” —Bob Dylan, All Along the Watchtower



19:37 <slyphon> make had to exist just so rake could perfect it

My favorite classic programming language is Pascal. — Guido van Rossum

Central Park Idiot

I ended up wasting an hour playing Minesweeper. I could play that game all night. Brian D. Foy after getting his Dell.

glass and ashtray

The thing I found quite dramatic was how fast you can code if you get rid of project managers, marketeers, junior programmers, and every other kind of colleague who has their own ideas on what to do next. Michael Kay on xml-dev


Also, please don’t call us pre-Rails Rubyists “elders”. It makes us self-conscious of our hairlines. — Francis Hwang



In a soldier’s stance, I aimed my hand
At the mongrel dogs who teach
Fearing not that I’d become my enemy
In the instant that I preach
— Bob Dylan, My Back Pages

ThoughtRun strings `which cvs` | grep -i hate… we all knew it
17:01 <chris2> slyphon: (NOT (SURRENDER))

Never could learn to drink that blood
And call it wine,
Never could learn to hold you, love,
And call you mine.
— Bob Dylan, Tight Connection to My Heart

16:37 <ThreeDayMonk> noradio: I think the word is an aspirated velar consonant, not 'some gutteral shit' :-)



At the time I started writing, Python didn’t have closures at all and I heard Guido van Rossum say that they weren’t important. I think that’s wrong, and that in another thirty years people will laugh at anyone who tries to invent a language without closures, just as they’ll laugh now at anyone who tries to invent a language without recursion. — Interview with Mark Jason Dominus

19:16 <oGMo> everytime you use rails, someone clubs a baby seal :(
19:22 <oGMo> when you use java, a devil gets its pitchfork
19:22 <oGMo> when you use ejb, he gets to stab you in the ass with it
19:22 <oGMo> repeatedly

Refering to typed lambda calculus as “plain ol’ code” may be a sign that I need to re-examine some of my prejudices about formalisms. :-) — Luke Gorrie

one time, in middle school, some people let some pigs onto the campus. They painted on the pigs “1”, “2”, and “4”. The faculty spent weeks looking for the third one. Moonpie


I can come up with millions of ways to slow things down on my own. Please come up with ways to speed things up instead. — Linus Torvalds, Kernel SCM saga…

Well, we sure will miss you and your impotent insights! — Peter Suk, ruby-talk:137643

Yesterday a 10 year old girl wrote in the “penfriend” section of our local newspaper that her hobbies were horses, reading and math. Cute.


That’s not a mistake, just a happy little accident. — Bob Ross

Sodenn, gestern Abend:

I still smell tobacco on my fingers
My breath reeks of pot and wine and sex
My eyes open up like they haven’t in years
So I don’t miss whatever happens next
— Dan Bern, Chelsea Hotel


Noch mehr bei flickr: Guten Morgen 123 (8. April 2005)


Please note that GMail has changed their canonical name from to This broke my postfix configuration as there was no password known for that server. However, if I didn’t look into the logs, I still wouldn’t have noticed this.

14:44 <chris2> did you know pythonists have psyco-paths?
14:44 <zem> (:
14:44 <zem> yeah, rite

I am sometimes shocked by… the nuns who never take a bath without wearing a bathrobe all the time. When asked why, since no man can see them, they reply ‘Oh, but you forget the good God’. Apparently they conceive of the Deity as a Peeping Tom, whose omnipotence enables Him to see through bathroom walls, but who is foiled by bathrobes. — Bertrand Russell, 1943 (Found in the nethack source)


17:06 <flowhase> php macht echt kaputte sachen
17:06 <jix> php ist ne kaputte sache ^^

Gather moments while you may
Collect the dreams you dream today
Remember, will you remember
The times of your life?
— Paul Anka, Times Of Your Life

I will stare the sun down until my eyes go blind.
I won’t change direction, and I won’t change my mind.
How much difference does it make?
— Pearl Jam, Indifference


Ihr Christen habt ein maßgebliches Interesse an ungerechten Strukturen, die Opfer produzieren, denen ihr dann euere Herzen in Wohltätigkeit ausschütten könnt. — Karl Marx

Deshalb plädiere ich aufgrund der Konfussion innerhalb der Führungselite des Vatikans für ein “Enduring Freedom”-Programm für selbigen. Möge auch hier die US-Armee Terror, Despotismus und Fundamentalismus beseitigen und den Bewohnern dieses Zwergenstaates demokratische Freiheits- und Grundrechte bringen. Free Vatican! — Lars Strojny, Nur ein toter Papst ist ein guter Papst

19:45 <webfiend> Qerub: no, dressing like a chicken an reciting the Magna Carta is insane. What you're doing sounds kind of nifty, but not insane
19:48 <chris2> webfiend: no need to dress like a chicken }}:-)

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. — H. L. Mencken

My childhood, seen by Google Maps


One of them is the object-relational mapper that’s built into Ruby on Rails. I’ve only scratched the surface of this thing, but let’s assume for the sake of argument that it’s a brilliant framework. — Jon Udell,


Can you cook and sew, make flowers grow,
Do you understand my pain?
Are you willing to risk it all
Or is your love in vain?
— Bob Dylan, Is Your Love in Vain?

17:55 <shevegen> hmm heise hat ziemlich viele trolle…
Lego Jobs


God not only plays dice in physics but also in pure mathematics. Mathematical truth is sometimes nothing more than a perfect coin toss. — Gregory Chaitin, A Random Walk in Arithmetic

18:25 <basti_> "Snow doeth lay upon the lands. Even with cunning newtype; deriving the newtype is recursive. Great leaders brings less pain."
16:35 <chris2> finally, nubys arent writing bots and editors anymore!
16:35 <chris2> they have switched to build tools

We made love on the living room floor
With the noise in the background
From televised war
And a defeaning pleasure
I thought I heard someone say
“If we walk away, they’ll walk away.”
— Bright Eyes, Land Locked Blues

16:16 <zedas> finally! back on irc.
16:16 <zedas> like getting out of rehab and going right to the local crack den.
16:17 * ThreeDayMonk has been hanging out outside the local school gate handing out CDs with IRC client on to kids


17:46 <chris2> i should call my web framework salami
17:46 <lypanov> lol
17:46 <chris2> because i'll code it slice by slice!

Anyone who can write an optimizing compiler can design a UI that doesn’t confuse users, once they choose to focus on that problem. — Paul Graham, Copper and Tin

picture a day - poetry

And the road, the old men paved
The broken seams along the way
The rusted signs, they’re just for me
He was guiding me, love, his own way
— Pearl Jam, Man Of The Hour

12:06 <chris2> hash clash would be a nice name for a geek band
12:07 <Aredridel> Ooh, yeah!
11:50 <flowhase> "perl vor die säue"


22:23 <flgr__> </niwoh<
22:23 <flgr__> oh, ich bin ein xml-anarchist
22:00 <Frixon> First of all I continue reading "Programming Ruby". But I don't have that much time at the moment :(
22:01 <chris2> Frixon: you can ri between flipping the pages :)
22:01 <Frixon> chris2: Only when sitting in front of my Computer or with my iBook at my side :)
22:02 <chris2> "but you never ask questions, with your ibook on your side"
22:02 <chris2> (sorry, bob)

TRS-DOS uber alles! — Tom Copeland, trying to troll in a ruby-talk OS flamewar

And the faders move
And the music dies
As we pass over
On the arc of time
— Bright Eyes, Arc Of Time

20:11 <chris2> omgf, html mails in gmail :(
20:11 <dblack> chris2: omgf? :-)
20:11 <chris2> dblack: oh my goddamn fuck :P
20:11 <dblack> :-)
20:11 <ThreeDayMonk> oh, not "oh my goat fucker"?

And I ain’t no communist,
and I ain’t no capitalist
And I ain’t no socialist
and I sure ain’t no imperialist
And I ain’t no democrat
And I ain’t no republican either
And I only know one party
and its name is freedom
I am a patriot
— Little Steven, I Am A Patriot

There was a “nazi demonstration” today in Munich, but I couldn’t find out lots about it. Using public transport, I saw (just by their look) about 35 “neonazis”, 50 “leftists” and about three times as much police.

Police report (posted here) states that there were 300 demonstrants and 2500 antidemonstrants. They (temporarily) arrested 92 people.

More on IndyMedia. (Other stuff too.)

NP: Bright Eyes—Old Soul Song (For The New Wor


We made it happen
You took off your clothes, left on the light
You stood there so brave
You used to be shy
— Bright Eyes, Take It Easy (Love Nothing)

Some notable April fools (for the rest, see Slashdot):

I started this as an hack since ruby is becoming less fun. — “matz”


Funny little story: We were locked for about five minutes into a subway because someone threw his crutches before the train. It’s unclear whether this was accidentally or on purpose. Since the train already drove some meters, they couldn’t open the doors anymore. And they would only tell you what happened upon request. When later the conductor spoke over the microphone, he would only tell half the truth. I really wonder what really happened.

ThoughtThere are even more people wearing iPods in Munich than there are “Coffee To Go” signs.

So we can burn burn burn everything that we don’t like
And watch the ashes fly up to Heaven
Maybe all the way to India
I’d like that
— Dan Bern, Jerusalem