The Oaks Ignore Their Pleas

Closing Out The Week

Posted in General by Jeff Graves on November 16, 2013

It’s been a bit of a crazy week…here’s what I think I’ve learned.

  • Python is a pretty cool language – I didn’t think I’d be a fan of the “indentation-based” syntax, but I’m finding it really easy to adapt and write.
  • Fitz and the Tantrum’s “Moneygrabber” was the Earworm Song of the Week for me…they even recorded a version in French!  In general, I really like them – maybe it’s that 70’s throwback funk and soul sound.
  • Comet ISON is approaching the sun, and it’s looking like we might actually be able to see without telescopes in in a week or two, provided it doesn’t break apart.  After briefly brightening, it’s dimmed a bit according to astronomers, but I think I’ve only only seen one comet before, so I’m hoping it holds together.
  • Facebook’s $3 Billion offer for Snapchat, a little company whose app is all about sharing transient photos and text messages (they disappear after the recipient views them, and are never made public) seems excessive on the surface.  But Snapchat users  are sharing a LOT of pictures, nearly as many as are shared on Facebook, and for the younger demographic, Snapchat is incredibly popular.  The offer itself might be a symptom of bubble-induced froth, but I think this represents a pretty big conceptual shift for apps, especially with the recent NSA revelations.
  • Everyday we make decisions – sometimes they’re easy to make, because you’ve got a lot of data or facts to rely on.  Other times they’re harder, often because there are ups and downs to either option, and you end up choosing the “best”, or maybe even the “least bad” option.  And sometimes, you just don’t know what the hell to do, because neither option is particularly appealing.  In those cases, all you can do is just go with your gut and ride it out.

That’s all I’ve got for this week…time to go rake some leaves!

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  1. --K. said, on November 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Love Moneygrabber – it’s the best song Hall & Oates never wrote. 🙂

  2. Jeff Graves said, on November 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Nice! Not sure if you ever saw the episode of “Live From Daryl’s House” featuring a visit from Fitz and the Tantrums but they did a nice rendition of Moneygrabber: http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/currentep.html?ep_id=48

  3. --K. said, on November 17, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I missed that episode, that’s awesome!! The lead singer looks like he’s having the time of his life.


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