Contrary to what you might think, I think insomnia's fantastic. It puts me in this limbo state where my mind feels like lead and I suck at almost everything. One thing I've found myself to be quite good at is catching up on Internet. There was plenty of crap, but I found a lot of good technical stuff.
For starters, I subscribed to a bunch of new blogs:
I played with Google Analytics a bit, and noticed a fun bit in my Apache access logs:
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Another library which I fell in love with at first site was HTTParty. It really brings me back to my Perl screen scrapping days. (Oh! WWW::Mechanize) It also linked me to the Programmable Web homepage. I didn't really read through what's available, but this is going to be a great place to prototype mashups.
(Disclaimer: This is an inside joke that just won't die)
Speaking of Passenger, the new Railscast episode about Passenger along with nuby on rails' article about rstakeout might finally provide a solution to prevent me from having to restart my server in development whenever I edit a plugin or a file in the lib directory. It also clued me into a whole world of Ruby monitoring systems, the funniest named one being God.
I worked a bunch on migrating this blog over to use Webgen. I'd say that I'm about 60 or 70 percent of the way there. I spent most of the time just reading and enjoying how simple and clear the code was. I think I have a good enough grip on enough code that I'd like to write a few extensions so that I can continue to publish this blog without any changes to the previous articles I wrote.
I think there was even more stuff I wanted to keep in my head. Unforunately, a real downside of insomnia is having some, if not most, of the good stuff leak out.