IÃ×e been talking (and hyping) Rails for so long that itÃÔ all wierd to finally have it out in the open. Mind you, weÃÓe still not talking about a 1.0 release, but the package currently on offer is still something IÃÎ very comfortable to share with the world. Undoubtedly, there could be more documentation and more examples, but Real Artists Ship and this piece will grow in public. Enjoy Rails!

The no future of currency

We’re just not thinking about this hard enough:

A “propulsive” virtual coin that gains value the further you move away from the location you bought it.

A “karmic” virtual coin that gains value when you behave ethically.

An “anti-depressant” virtual coin that gains value when mood analysis concludes you’re feeling unhappy.

An “extrovert” virtual coin that’s more valuable the more removed you’re from the person you’re trading with, via network analysis.

An “intimate” virtual coin that’s more valuable the closer you’re to the person you’re trading with, via network analysis

Annotate rather than filter. Filters at the producer level bake in assumptions about what the downstream services care about. Example is public vs private links. Filtering private links out of the stream means that services interested in private links won’t get the links they need. Instead, annotate an event with the fact that a link is either private or public and let services operate only on the kind of events they care about.
Avoiding burnout is difficult to write about, because the basic premise is obnoxious. Burnout is a rich man’s game. Rice farmers don’t get burned out and spend long afternoons thinking about whether to switch to sorghum. Most people don’t have the luxury of thinking about their lives in those terms. But at the rarefied socioeconomic heights of computerland, it’s true that if you run a popular project by yourself for a long time, there’s a high risk that it will wear you out.
IAC is giddy over its investment. “Services like Tinder and OkCupid acclimate new groups of people to meeting online,” CEO Gregory Blatt said on a July 31 earnings call. “Once people have used technology to meet other people, no matter what the service was they initially used, a barrier’s been broken, and they’re more likely to do it again.” Tinder may one day draw revenue of its own, but for now it’s essentially a gateway drug to Match.com, which had operating income of $205 million for 2012. “The more people we can get to try these services, whether we own them or not, the more likely they are to use our other services,” Blatt added. “Of course, it’s better when we own them.”