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TadaoCern – Tadas Cerniauskas

An amazing collection of faces.

TadaoCern – Tadas Cerniauskas.

From ze frank

“To Yahoo, It Was Just a Fucking Database”

Gizmodo on how Yahoo killed Flickr, “The first community problems became evident when Yahoo decided all existing Flickr users would need a Yahoo account to log in. That switchover occurred in 2007, and was part of the CorpDev integration process to establish a single sign on. Flickr set it to go live on the Ides of March.”

The single sign on never worked, for either Flickr or Upcoming. I had accounts on both, and a Yahoo mail account. Once the single sign on began rolling out, I could no longer access either my Flickr or Upcoming accounts.

Flickr was one of the most beautiful spaces ever created on the internet. Yahoo killed it with ugly and stupid.

It wasn’t just companies that Yahoo bought that they crippled. The had Yahoo Groups. Yahoo Groups was, around 2004 or so, really the killer app of the Internet. Email had become ubiquitous, but sharing among more than a couple of people was problematic and Usenet groups required too much investment for most people and were starting to fade. Yahoo Groups solved these problems. There was a huge market for sharing.

Yahoo was trying to compete in search, but they never searched their own public groups, and the search in private groups was (still is?) atrocious. Plus they cluelessly took away web access unless you had an Yahoo email.

This is not a case of business over art either. If it were business, you make it easier for your customers to use your product, not harder.

(Apparently, you no longer need to sign on to Flickr with your Yahoo email address. I wonder about Yahoo groups? It’s too late for Upcoming? Is dead too? )

via How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet.

Four Letter Life Story

According to this test my Meyers-Briggs Personality Type is Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging (INFJ: 33, 12, 50, 33)

This page gives my possible career paths as:

Clergy / Religious Work
Medical Doctors / Dentists
Alternative Health Care Practitioners, i.e. Chiropractor, Reflexologist
Counselors and Social Workers
Musicians and Artists
Child Care / Early Childhood Development

I’m really enjoying teaching yoga. It’s deeply satisfying in a way that neither science nor programming are. I wonder what my 18-year-old self’s type was?

Rails 3.1 Nested Associations

Some cool changes here:

Look at this one!

“Associations with a :through option can now use any association as the through or source association, including other associations which have a :through option and has_and_belongs_to_many associations.”

From the API Documentation (search for “Nested Associations”)

class Author < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :posts
  has_many :comments, :through => :posts
  has_many :commenters, :through => :comments

class Post < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :comments

class Comment < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :commenter

@author = Author.first
@author.commenters # => People who commented on posts written by the author

or equivalently

class Author < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :posts
  has_many :commenters, :through => :posts

class Post < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :comments
  has_many :commenters, :through => :comments

class Comment < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :commenter

The associations are read only:

When using nested association, you will not be able to modify the association because there is not enough information to know what modification to make. For example, if you tried to add a Commenter in the example above, there would be no way to tell how to set up the intermediate Post and Comment objects.

so you can’t do @author.commenters <<, but still this is a nice savings for some deeply nested associations that I’ve been dealing with lately.

Where’s The Octopus?

Scifri Videos: Where’s The Octopus?.

“If I die now, just remember you are all fantastic.”

Life responds:

“That was one of the most disturbing things I experienced,” Esbati said. “She kept repeating that ‘If I die now, just remember you are all fantastic.’ And this was a girl of 18 or 19 years old, and she … was repeating that ‘I can see in your eyes that you are afraid, so I know I will die.”

via Norway Suspect Claims To Be Part Of Terror Network : NPR.

The Disgrace of Everyday Life

An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.

George Orwell, Benefit of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dali

Another Bush, A Different War, The Same Lies

What We Need to Know

Ken Robinson on Changing Education Paradigms