Some of the activity this week at our internal 37signals Campfire chat room:

Pragmatism source
David: “My pragmatism just comes from a tendency to give up really easily ;)”’s status screen
Jason noted has a status screen set up for when the site is down.  It read, “15 mins of ‘scheduled maintenance’.” David: “We should have that too.” Ryan: “Totally makes it look like they are on top of shit. Stuff could be breaking every other day and the site still makes it look like they are all over it.”

The torch/skyline logo for Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid got a thumbs up…


...and so did the way Chicagoist includes the weather over its skyline image.


But thumbs down to the White Sox for selling the start time of games to 7-Eleven (“Sponsorship deal calls for White Sox to begin games at 7:11 p.m.“). I hear the next step is to sell home plate to Bennigan’s.

Plane info graphic
Jason pointed out this great interactive info graphic of the plane crash involving a Yankees pitcher.

Clever job post title
I got a kick out of this clever “made ya look” job post title: “StyleFeeder is looking for a @job = (‘designer’, ‘info architect’, ‘css’, ‘xhtml’);. See more on the Job Board.”

Dyson vac cleans keyboards
Jason: “OK, now THIS is a great idea. Check out the Combination Accessory Tool video. Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? That’s smart.”

Logitech MX Revolution mouse
David: “Btw, bought this mouse. First new mouse in 8 years ;) It has a very interesting scrollwheel. It’s free-range so you spin it away and it keeps spinning. So it’ll keep scrolling until you stop the physical spinning. Totally rocks for long pages. It has a 3 button on the side as well as two additional direction buttons that I bound to desktop switching and a 4th button underneath the scrollwheel for lookups— got it bound to”

Satisficing socks
Jason: “IT’S OFFICIAL: I’ve hit the age where I don’t care if my sock colors match exactly. My sock colors are now JUST GOOD ENOUGH.”

We were discussing features arms races and I mentioned this example of too much of a good thing: Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education. Great cause, great guests. But it’s just too much.

Appearances by Jack Black, Steve Carell, Kristin Chenoweth, Sacha Baron Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Ricky Gervais, Norm Macdonald, Christopher Meloni, Moby, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk And David Cross, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Adam Sandler, Martin Short, Tony Sirico, Ben Stiller, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, Brian Williams and more).

Oof. Putting 30 funny people together doesn’t make a show funnier. (The same way adding 30 spices doesn’t make a dish taste better). LESS guests would make for a better event then this mess. Just go with Ricky Gervais, Triumph, and David Cross and then say STOP.

The Berkshire Hathaway screen posting led to a mention of this quote: “The five most dangerous words in business may be ‘Everybody else is doing it.’” -Warren Buffett

Da Bears
Best comment on the Sixteen Straight post came from Kevin O’Keefe: “Heck, Ditka alone can beat many of those teams. Da Bears.”

Dean Kamen
Jason pointed out that single Dean Kamen claims he’s “married to his inventions”...

Kamen is currently single, claiming he’s “married to his inventions”. His primary residence is an interesting hexagon-shaped shed style mansion he has dubbed Westwind1, located just outside of Bedford, New Hampshire. The house has at least four different levels and is very eclectically conceived, with such things as hallways resembling mine shafts, 1960s novelty furniture, and a huge cast-iron steam engine which once belonged to Henry Ford built into the center atrium of the house, which Kamen eventually hopes to turn into a Stirling engine-powered kinetic sculpture. Kamen owns two helicopters, which he regularly uses to commute to work.

Jason: “He’s such an interesting dude. He’s obsessed with inventions that can help people. His portable dialysis machine and heart stint were enormous quality-of-life breakthroughs. And the iBot too. Life changing inventions. (I’m a huge fan, can’t you see?)”

Ryan: “My friend is a potter, and i asked him to make me some latte-size cups. I got ‘em last night. A set of four. I love the realness of them.”


Landmarks rule
Marcel gave Mark directions to the workshop by referencing the river and NBC building. Mark’s response: “Cool. That’s better than random directions from Mapquest or Google. Landmarks are where it’s at.”

Marcel: “Full moon tonight. I just may turn into a warewolf. SOFTWARE WOLF.”

Jamis checks out
Jamis: “[OUT] found keys to world peace, cold fusion, curing cancer, and one killer recipe for kimchi, but forgot to put them under source code control and promptly lost them in a freak accident involving egg nog and corn chips. Sorry, guys.”