I hadn't done anything to TwitVim for two months but today, I put in a whole raft of improvements. Why? Because Twitter start working pretty well recently and raised the API limits, making it possible to do some client development work. Also, I noticed that they had enabled pagination in the Twitter API. And, just to round things out, I added support for bit.ly and is.gd. I won't add support for urlBorg until later because there's the matter of their API requiring an API key, which is a new wrinkle for a URL shortener.
Steve and Barry's filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday. I figured their $8.98 shoes were too good a deal to be sustainable. :) However, when household budgets are getting stretched by energy and food costs, you know it's a tough environment for retail in general. Anyway, I already have a few pairs of their discount shoes and I'm good for a while.
Also, today was Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven. I didn't get one though because I wasn't passing anywhere near a 7-Eleven today and it wasn't worth going out of my way for a 7-oz Slurpee. (That's the small size, I believe.) It would be easier if I was on Long Island, where there are 7-Eleven stores everywhere.
1. When was the last time you inadvertently flaked out on an obligation (as in, you forgot it)?
There was the time when I forgot to renew my post office box, but I was only a little late and the post office kept worse track of these records than I did.
2. When was the last time you deliberately flaked out on an obligation (as in, you remembered it, but decided to flake)?
Fanzine request for contribution. I didn't have the time or anything for it so I didn't respond.
3. How often do you flake out on obligations in general?
I try not to do it too much. Sometimes, I just have to say I thought I could do it but no, I can't.
4. How often do people flake out on you in general?
Depends on the person. I can think of a few people who always flake out, while most people are fairly reliable.
5. How do you usually feel when you flake out or when someone flakes out on you?
Disappointed in both of us.
1. Do you have a favourite cause that you support?
I supported nyx.net regularly for a while. I had an opportunity to examine their accounting statements once and I like a non-profit that operates on a shoestring budget. 100% of the donations go towards bandwidth and hardware, and they don't spend any money on solicitations.
2. If so, how do you support it?
3. Have you been an active member of an organization (attending meetings, volunteering etc)?
Hi-4 fits the bill, perhaps. Haven't been a part of too many other things lately, unless you include geocaching events.
4. Have you ever led any group?
A couple of times.
5. If so, how was your experience with it?
OR: 5. If not, why, is it a conscious choice, of lack of opportunity?
It was a hassle to coordinate everyone. Some folks didn't arrive on time, which complicated matters. So I'll leave it to the master event organizers.
1. What are some recurring dreams you've had?
I've had a bunch of dreams where I went to a convention, forgot something important, and had to return home to get it. And then the convention was over too soon before I had a chance to do anything.
2. What is the significance of dreams in telling you about yourself?
I think those dreams are saying... don't forget things.
3. How do you feel after you've had one of THOSE dreams?
Man! Oh, it wasn't real. *whew*
4. What was the last dream you remember?
It was actually rather dull. In the dream, I was just at a certain spot in Long Island, looking around. The strange part is a few days after that, I was there for real and saw the same scene because it was a geocache site.
5. When did you last dream about something that later happened as you dreamt it?
1. What does "patriotic" mean to you? Do you consider yourself patriotic?
Love for one's country. Nationalism. I think I'm closer to neutral.
2. Why or why not?
Well... regarding the old country, I like the country and culture, but I was troubled by the government. (I guess that would be true everywhere because I've never encountered a government that worked hard to shrink itself and keep its burden on the people to a minimum, but there were issues beyond that.)
3. When you encounter people from your own country who are vocally patriotic, how do you feel/react?
Uhh... that has not happened recently to my recollection. Maybe I chat with the complainers too much. However, I'm proud of the people who're working to change the political environment there. I think they too are patriotic, although not in the way that the ruling party would define it.
4. How about when you encounter people from other countries who are vocally patriotic?
The guy at the Shell gas station in Paramus. He was great, but after a while, I wanted him to please stop gushing about the USA and pump the gas already!
5. Do you change how you communicate your own patriotism or lack thereof depending on where in the world you are?
I don't think I communicate that much usually.
1. What drink wakes you up best in the morning?
Water because if I'm asleep and choke on it, that sure wakes me up!
2. During the day, what do you drink to keep going?
Water and tea.
3. Do you drink the recommended 8 glasses of water per day? Why/why not?
More than that, usually. I lose too much water.
4. What are the ingredients of your favorite mixed drink? (Doesn't have to be alcoholic!)
Coffee with ice cream in it when I'm at Old Country Buffet.
5. Are you a coffee drinker? How do you take your coffee, if so?
Occasionally. See #4.