Hyperbole and a Half is a wonderful blog about a woman recounting her childhood from her perspective at the time. It is wonderfully written and HILARIOUS. Every story I’ve read thus far had me in stitches.
It’s a fun read for anyone—inspiring heavy bouts of nostalgia from my own childhood. It’s especially fun for me now that I’m a parent and am re-experiencing a lot of this from the “other side.”
Great find, Joe!
Twitter evolved from being an SMS mailing list to an ubiquitous, constantly evolving social network platform. Some use it as a microblog, summing up a day’s or hour’s (or minute’s even) experience in 140 characters. Some use it as an easy way to update your Facebook Status. I see it as a never-ending conversation with “hundreds of your closest friends.”
With the microblog-purple project at code.google.com, you can now install a Twitter plugin for Pidgin and/or Adium. I’ve been using the Pidgin plugin for 10 minutes and I already love it. It really feeds the “conversational” mental model I have of Twitter.
The plugin provides all of your basic Twitter interface needs (e.g. replying, retweeting, favorite-ing) but what’s noticeably missing is a “direct message” link and the ability to view direct messages sent to you. The former is easily circumvented by just using the normal Twitter convention of prefixing a “d” before a username, but the latter doesn’t seem to have any workable solution.
All in all, though, I’m sold on this plugin (until the next best thing comes along).
The free WordPress application for the iPhone is all sorts of handy. I just wrote this entire post, screenshot and all, from my iPhone.
Only caveats so far are the inability to do URL links and lack of control over placement of inline images.