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Listable.org

I had this idea almost 4 years ago and since my New Year's resolution is build it or let the domain expire, I went ahead and built it on Google App Engine with CherryPy because they both make making things fun.

Basically I wanted a way to have some lists handy that I usually end up converting to some other format, this is that. I'm going to be rich.

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I had forgotten David had posted a wish for a Tetris variation he called Montris. Someone actually produced a proof-of-concept for him.

Here is my wish for a Tetris variation: I call it Slowtris and the only difference between an actual game of Tetris and Slowtris is the pieces don't fall. The fun in the game is just figuring out where to put things.

Well it sounds fun to me.

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I've enjoyed watching my friend at work unravel a cookie recipe mystery over the past couple of weeks. He just posted the full story to his weblog.

He also brought in a batch which are VERY GOOD COOKIES. You should totally make some.

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I love this piece of marketing from Burger King: Whopper Sacrifice. You use the Facebook App to "sacrifice" 10 friends by un-friending them, and you then get a coupon for a free Whopper. Those friends receive messages stating they were unfriended by their former friend and a chance to install the app and get a burger for themselves.

People I know who are using it are dumping friends for the burger but will likely re-friend them later which is just perfect. Good stuff.

Whopper Sacrifice Website

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Work related post ahead.

Nice to see one of my favorite co-workers at FM talking about something our engineering team believes so strongly in.

It is not easy explaining these principles to people who want to see a detailed six month GANTT chart that takes six weeks to create and six days to undo. If you spend six weeks actually doing the work, you'll be six weeks closer to the goal and six weeks wiser.

The dude with a GANTT chart just has a GANTT chart.

One of our investors has a great analogy about choosing between being a bus or a heat-seeking missile. The bus has a route, a destination, and an itinerary that it must stick to. The heat-seeking missile is built to adjust. You fire it in the general direction then iterate and evaluate as you move forward. Hit the thing that's hot, even if it moves (and it will move).

I'll leave you with a Winer-ism I like a lot from 1995 called We Make Shitty Software…With Bugs! It's just the first four paragraphs (pre-permalink era?) so don't worry about seeing the phrase "Indigo Girls" on that page.

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Here's how I'd like to rate things on sites where you rate things.

Pretend these blocks are books, or movies, or video games in a particular genre. Let's say they're movies. Here is how I've arranged (drag and dropped) three of those movies. The better movie is on the right.

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A few other people rate some movies in that genre.

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Because I share a common pattern (3 items) with Ted, and a few with Alice and Bob, the following are recommended:

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What I like about this type of rating is that it forces you to make decisions about what is better than another item. There are no five star movies or percentage ratings that can tie. This is better than that. If you see something new and fit it into the continuum it says something about that movie.

When people ask you if Iron Man is good, you don't say "yes, I gave it four stars" you say, "it's better than Spiderman II but not as good as the Dark Knight." That's meaningful.

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