- The Pubic Option
- Townhall Death Panel
- Subprime Meltdown
- The Ponzi Scheme
- The Tumblarity Experience
The paranoia that has taken over the tweet stream concerning “stars not sticking” can be set aside with regard to it being a conspiracy or favoritism.
This example is of a tweet I starred on August 16th as soon as I saw it on the Favrd board. I liked the absurdity of the tweet and gave it kudos. It was posted by Dean Cameron Allen, aka Textism, who runs the Favrd system we have become so reliant upon. As you can see I starred it, but my Avatar was not displayed; therefore, it did not “stick.” If there were a conspiracy or favoritism, don’t you think the guy who runs the show would make sure all the stars meant for him would “stick?”
As has been mentioned by several folks, the reason stars aren’t counted sometimes has something to do with API. I will no longer bitch and moan about my stars not sticking and just live with the system the way it is and hope it improves.
I am now almost convinced that Twitter has coped with growth by switching to a “best effort” model where, instead of throwing an error or a failwhale when traffic is high, the system just fails silently, especially via the API. You notice this when you compare your timeline on the website versus the one you get on an app—tweets are often dropped or delayed, stars don’t always stick and lists of friends and followers are often incomplete. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been browsing Favrd and seen a great tweet from someone I follow and notice that it never appeared in my Twitter app’s timeline.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this is what’s happening here.
“Most of the personal computer products that were coming out at the time had very techno names. TRS-80 and things like that, so that’s why the name Apple was so golden because it was basic and not technical and to go with that the colors were very important.”
This quote from Rob Janoff (thanks to nonlinearmind for the link) highlights a pet peeve of mine: how unoriginal most technology companies are when it comes to choosing names. It’s either the classic three word name (“International Business Machines,” “Advanced Computer Solutions”) or a single word made up of two hi-tech sounding fragments (“Microsoft,” “Cybertronics”).
In fact, here’s a quick exercise to prove my point. Check out these two lists:
List 1: Micro, Techno, Compu, Cyber, Digi, Power, Pro, Smart, Dyna, E, i, Execu, EZ, Easy, Inter, Info, Intelli, Nano, Tele
List 2: Media ,Soft, Tronics, Link, Net, Tech, Tek, Com, Data, Byte, Systems, Comm, Tel, Max, Ware, Web, Works
Take a fragment from list 1 and join it with one from list 2, then search Google to see if the company exists. I programmed a script that does this, check it out.
And the anagram for my full name, Rafael Torres?
FAT, RARE LOSER
Does this mean I rarely lose, or that I’m a loser who’s barely cooked?
Not only an anagram but a fact.
That would rule.
I was very much like Yayaa: Dated no one, honor society, special math & science program, took first year college courses in senior year, had the highest SAT score for the school that year (90-something percent), won island-wide essay and language competitions, was active in church. No sports, though, which made me even dorkier…
…and then I went to college. In high school I never drank, smoked or dated, yet in college I did liberal amounts of all three. Still, I finished my engineering degree with a nice GPA, and found a girlfriend who would later become my wife.
So, except for the wife thing, I think I did alright.*
* Stay tuned as my wife hits me on the head with my own laptop.
Favrd’s list of keywords in its HTML meta tag section. Another reason to love the cock.
(Go to Favrd and do a “View page source” if you want to see them yourself.)
John Hughes (from Roger Ebert’s article on his death)
That’s exactly it. That’s John Hughes in a nutshell.