3 picks for April 28, 2014
It's been awhile since I did a picks post. I used to do them on Fridays, but started feeling scheduling pressures to come up with picks during weeks when, honestly, all I had were anti-picks. I don't feel like giving anti-picks the time of day in this venue, honestly. If you want to know what gets my goat these days just buy me a beer the next time you see me at Johnny's.
Anyway, the picks thing started as a cheap way to try to meet a self-imposed writing quota. I hate quotas, so now I'll just write about my picks when I have enough to write about. Here's what I like right now.
Yes, this site made the rounds a couple of months ago. Now, I like jQuery. That may not be cool to say these days, but I like it when frameworks save me from dealing with the pain that is cross-browser support (see also: Bootstrap).
I've long said that Rick Olsen's Eloquent Ruby is my favorite Ruby book. Now I have two. Not sure how I missed this one over the years, but Greg Brown's Ruby Best Practices is a great book about getting the most out of the language. In particular, I like the focus on real-world examples. Definitely worth a read for intermediate and advanced Rubyists alike.
I don't know a damn thing about Hefner beyond the four albums I've found in used CD bins in Lawrence and Seattle. Still, some 14 years ago I had to buy We Love the City based on the album cover alone. How did I know that it would become part of my life soundtrack, circa 2000-2001? My favorites from the album are the title track and "Painting and Kissing," which had just enough creepy coincidences to make my then-twenty-something mind think these guys knew what I was about to go through and wrote a song about it for me in advance.
Maybe not. But a solid album and worth checking out, especially if you like that era of British popular music. Hell, I even had Ding-dong, the witch is dead! running through my head the day that Thatcher died.. Questions or comments? Let me know what you think.