Monthly Archives: April 2013

Showing Up Jeter

Yankees Warn Eduardo Nunez To Stop Showing Up Derek Jeter By Making Routine Plays At Shortstop

“Every cleanly fielded ground ball sends a pretty strong message that Eduardo is trying to upstage Derek,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who blasted Nunez for having the audacity to turn a double play without a throwing error, claiming the commonplace display of physical capabilities clearly reminds fans of Jeter’s advancing age and declining skills.

Sometimes the Onion hits it out of the park.

Arment Sells Instapaper

Marco Arment sells Instapaper to Betaworks.

I’m happy to announce that I’ve sold a majority stake in Instapaper to Betaworks. We’ve structured the deal with Instapaper’s health and longevity as the top priority, with incentives to keep it going well into the future. I will continue advising the project indefinitely, while Betaworks will take over its operations, expand its staff, and develop it further.

Seems like a good move for a guy that has a plethora of good ideas and limited resources to develop and implement them all.

WWDC Ticket Fiasco

John Siracusa on yesterday’s 2 minute WWDC Ticket sellout fiasco:

Apple’s servers performed admirably…for about the first 5 seconds after tickets went on sale. After that, it was a crapshoot. Even if the tickets had sold out in an hour, it’d still effectively be a lottery if that hour was filled with server errors. You’d “win” if you happened to get through the purchase process with no errors.

An actual lottery, pre-announced, with no time pressure for entry, would be more equitable than what happened yesterday. That’s what I recommend for next year.

That would solve the ticket fairness problem, but do nothing for the inherent brokenness of a conference and developer relations program that has not scaled with demand.

Wired Kottke Essay

Jason Kottke on the Nature of Blogs and Writing Your Own World Book Encyclopedia

Fast-forward to my early twenties. I dropped out of grad school after a semester because I’d fallen in love. My dad was a little alarmed when I moved back home to spend all day tying up the phone line with my new intimate friend, the World Wide Web, but I knew what I wanted to do with myself for the first time in my life: I wanted to be a web person! Whatever that was.

Pretty cool to see Jason joining Matt Haughey in the pages of the 20th anniversary edition of Wired.