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· · 2003
· · · March
· · · · 14 (2 entries)

Kurds · I spent most of my youth (ages 7-18) in Beirut, Le­banon, and might have stayed were it not for war. Kurds there were a vivid part of the hu­man land­scape. Many of the men had jobs in the Suq (bazaar) as porter­s; most­ly wiry and com­pact, they car­ried as­tound­ing loads on their back­s, for ex­am­ple full-size re­frig­er­a­tors, us­ing a sort of har­ness with a fore­head strap. This looked kind of me­dieval, but in some of these al­leys there was hard­ly room to turn around let alone bring in a truck, so I wouldn't be sur­prised if it's still go­ing on. The Kur­dish wom­en stood out in the crowd in their beau­ti­ful dress­es in many bright colours, their heads sparkling with sil­ver coin-spangled jew­el­ry. His­tor­i­cal­ly, the Kurds have got a raw deal for some cen­turies - just pos­si­bly they may ben­e­fit from the cur­rent cri­sis ...
Mosaic Plus Ten · Slash­dot has re­port­ed it, but it's worth echo­ing - ten years ago to­day Mo­sa­ic 0.10 shipped. It had the ba­si­cal­ly good un­der­ly­ing ar­chi­tec­ture due in large part to TimBL, and Andreessen's mag­ic ex­tra: the IMG tag - Web pages with pic­tures! Web purists sneered then, and maybe some still do, but the ar­rival of pic­tures was (and re­mains) huge. The world in gen­er­al and I in par­tic­u­lar both owe these guys con­sid­er­able thanks, be­cause the Web is bet­ter than what came be­fore, and, for the mo­men­t, bet­ter than the al­ter­na­tives ...
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