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Briefly coming up for air.

This feels like it's been a very long day.

I didn't have much to do at work today, so I was poking around trying different Twitter desktop apps. You see, I use TweetDeck. And I really dig TweetDeck.

See, look how pretty it is. My whole Twitter feed in one column. All my @s in another. One for my DMs. And I can add columns and put whoever I want in the group. I can make one for just Minneapolis people. Or one for just celebrities. Or one for all the slutty girls who want to have sex with me. Except that I block all those, so it would be a pretty empty column...
Tweetdeck

Unfortunately the latest TweetDeck upgrade (v0.33.2) doesn't like my work connection. :(
The columns just stay empty. It works everywhere that I use my computer except when plugged into the ethernet cable at work. I opened a ticket and sent them the debug reports and waited. Today, I got this from support: there is nothing in the log to suggest an issue with TweetDeck, so I can only assume that there is some different network configuration in place at work, firewalls, proxies etc that is causing the problem.

Grrrrrrrrrr. Yes, the problem is something with the network configuration. BUT, the previous version of TweetDeck WORKED! It worked the day I upgraded. Hell, I got the upgrade notice because I was logged on to TweetDeck while at work! And it stopped working with the upgrade! So no, it wasn't a DIFFERENT configuration at work. It is TweetDeck accessing the network differently!!! And they won't admit to a change or give me anyway around it.

So... Now I have to use something else on my laptop for Twitter. I'm still using TweetDeck everywhere else since I haven't found anything I like. I keep finding programs that have one or two of the features I like, but are missing something else entirely.

If anyone has a recommendation, I'd love to hear it. The things I love about TweetDeck & want to find in something else:
Easy to mark Tweets as read (I do it in TweetDeck by arrowing up through them as I read)
The ability to clear out read Tweets
Multiple columns
If I'm not doing anything, it stays where I left it. i.e. it doesn't scroll up to new tweets. I'm often leaving it sit anywhere from a couple minutes to over an hour. I want it where I left it!
Easy to find reply & retweet buttons

I know there are more things, but I just can't think of them right now. Clearing out read Tweets is a big one. I like to clear out the clutter.

And yes, I know I have an iPhone for Twitter. It's just easier to type & click links on an actual computer!

The awesome thing which I didn't have time to write a post about today is w00tstock 2.3!

Paul & Storm, who many of you have seen as Jonathan Coulton's opening band, have started a series of shows called w00tstock! It is them, Wil Wheaton, Adam Savage & whatever guest stars they can wrangle up doing a show full of wonderfully geeky awesomeness. And they're finally leaving the West Coast and bringing it to Minneapolis!!! Yay! And they're doing a Chicago show too.

Minneapolis is on June 7th at the Guthrie Theater. My spring/early summer just keeps getting more & more full of awesome. I'll actually be meeting Wil Wheaton the previous weekend when I'm down at the Phoenix ComiCon on May 27-30, so I'm sure we'll be BFFs by the time he comes to Mpls. ;)

I don't know anything about what's planned for w00tstock 2.3 other than what's on P & S's site: http://tinyurl.com/w00t2-3
For decades, geeks were ostracized, picked on, laughed at and punished by the sun’s harmful UV rays. But there is only so long that a people can be kept down before they rise up against their oppressors; and, indeed, the dawn of the 21st century has seen the ascendancy of geeks and geek culture.

We now celebrate that rise to power–and let’s face it, nerds pretty much run everything now–with w00tstock, a special event for geeks of every stripe. Television host/special-effects artist Adam Savage (“MythBusters”), actor/author/blogger Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Stand By Me”) and music-comedy duo Paul and Storm (hey; that’s us!) present a night of songs, readings, comedy, demonstrations, short films, special guests, and other clever widgets born from and dedicated to the enthusiasms, obsessions, trials and joys of geek pride.

This is the dawning of the Age of Geekdom–and its voices will ring true at w00tstock.


So now my 3 months of AWESOME include:
Uncle Kracker (this Saturday!)
Sunspot
STS-132 (Shuttle Launch)
Phoenix ComiCon (James Marsters! Wil Wheaton! Aaron Douglas! John Scalzi! Felicia Day! John Schneider! Jonathan Frakes! LeVar Burton!)
W00tstock (Paul & Storm! Wil Wheaton! Adam Savage!)
John Hodgman

Video of the all black penguin! Only 13 seconds, but it should be enough to shut up all the "It's Photoshopped!" idiots, right? (Um, the video is longer than 13 seconds, but the penguin clip itself is only 13 seconds)


I agree with Birdchick that his name should be Shaft:
Who's the black private dick
That's a sex machine to all the chicks?
SHAFT!
Ya damn right!

Who is the man that would risk his neck
For his brother man?
SHAFT!
Can you dig it?

Who's the cat that won't cop out
When there's danger all about?
SHAFT!
Right On!

They say this cat Shaft is a bad mother
SHUT YOUR MOUTH!
I'm talkin' 'bout Shaft.
THEN WE CAN DIG IT!

He's a complicated man
But no one understands him but his woman
JOHN SHAFT!


Andrew Evans is back tweeting on his own Twitter account now that his Bus2Antarctica trip is over, and he TwitPic'd this: Today's find: Black Calla Lilies in Adams Morgan: http://twitpic.com/18bvrc
With all the fuss over the penguin there's really only one way one can respond to that: "@AEEvans Those lilies are SO Photoshopped! LOL" hee hee
How frustrating would that be, to get this picture of this amazing thing (the penguin, not the lilies) and have to constantly deal w/people telling you it's not real. We were DMing about it and he says "But I know it's not 'shopped, so that's good enough for me!" And really, if you know anything about Photoshop there never was any evidence of it. If the picture had been 'shopped he should be working for Adobe or at NAPP w/Scott Kelby!


OK, this has all turned out much longer than planned. Let's throw a few LJ cuts on up there.
And now that I've taken this short break to babble at y'all, it's back into the design world for me. I'm putting together a newspaper ad for work.

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dragonsally
Mar. 17th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
Hey -that's the same colour scheme that I had on Tweetdeck. Great taste.

Have you looked at the OldVersion site? Buggar, I just peeked there, no help at all.
nekosensei
Mar. 17th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
How frustrating would that be, to get this picture of this amazing thing (the penguin, not the lilies) and have to constantly deal w/people telling you it's not real.

Yep...I had the same thing happen to me. My husband and I took a picture of a baby book with a misprint in it; the number 5 was on one page, and the next page had six bananas, not five. We posted it to Failblog and eventually it made it to the main page. Well, a bunch of people said in the comments that they thought it was photoshopped.

Here's the image in question:



The important thing is that Failblog liked it, and they asked us for permission to include it in a book they're publishing on some of their best fails.

As for the TweetDeck thing, I downloaded it once, but could never get it to work on my laptop. My husband, who knows quite a bit about computers, tried poking at it, but even he couldn't get it to work. We did some poking around on the internet and discovered that TweetDeck doesn't work on some macs. I don't remember the details, but I think it has something to do with Flash. So...I use Seesmic instead. I don't have any complaints about it because it does everything I want it to do.
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