Matz wants to create Babel-17. Or hack your brain. Maybe both.

I link to it over on The Farm, the developer blog I write for Tucows: Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto’s very interesting slide show, The Power and Philosophy of Ruby. It’s an interesting presentation on the “why” of the Ruby programming language. Whether you’re a programmer or someone interested in how language influences thought (or get turned on by the phrase “Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis”, and hey, who isn’t?), it’s a great read.

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m feeling extra-nutty today.

[ Much thanks to 0xDECAFBAD for the link! ]

Toronto (a.k.a. Accordion City)

Listening to Toronto

One of the planks of Accordion City’s new mayor, David Miller, was that

he would “open up City Hall”. It looks like he’s taking one step

towards fulfilling that promise by means of a series of town hall

seminars called Listening to Toronto.

Unfortunately, I found out about this a little too late — all

seminars, save Toronto East, are booked solid. The easiest session for

me to attend would be the Toronto South one, which would probably be

occupied by other people who live in the core area of the city.

On the other hand, perhaps I should attend the Toronto East one, for the following reasons:

  • To still be able to catch one of these seminars
  • To be able to give the city core perspective to attendees from the burbs
  • To get the burb perspective, especially in a burb where I’m not from (I grew up in and regularly go to the west end burbs)

If you live in the Toronto East area and are interested in

participating in city politics, you might want to attend. It takes

place next Tuesday, January 20 from 6:45 p.m. – 10 p.m. at L’Amoreaux

Community Recreation Centre (2000 McNicoll Ave).

It Happened to Me

Another reason why working at Tucows rules

Maria, who works the front desk, keeps a stash of aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen for anyone who needs it. My head feels better already.


Pee, day three

What with my recent Wendy-related pee story and this entry, I’ve got some kind of momentum going, so why stop now? Dave has his own Wendy-related pee story from “back in the day”.


All kinds of interesting stuff at The Farm

Yup, it’s time again for me to go on about the blog I’m actually paid to write: The Farm: The Tucows Developers’ Hangout. There’s always interesting developer news there, and today’s entries are no exception.

In the News

Wish I’d thought of this

David Chess writes this great quip:

In the future, everyone will be married to Britney Spears for fifteen minutes.

My housemate Paul, an unapologetic fan of Ms. Spears (he’s even been to a concert!), can have my fifteen minutes.

This one’s for The Redhead

From The Onion: Short-Distance Relationship Too Much Work.