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· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · October
· · · · 21 (3 entries)

Pardon the Breakage · If <span class="o">ongoing</span> is acting weird, it’s because I’m trying to switch in a new rev of the publishing software, and the same identical HTML pages are acting weirdly different on my staging server and on <span class="o">ongoing</span> and I have no idea why, and when I figure it out, I’ll replace this note with one telling you, of course, how great the new software is. Later: almost got it to work; now Debian ImageMagick is inexplicably failing to deal with some but not all of my JPGs; OS X ImageMagick likes ’em all. We’ll get there eventually.
 
Pinker on Brown on Human Universals · I’m currently reading Steven Pinker’s <cite>The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature</cite> which, 100 pages in, seems more or less an extended polemic aimed at those who want to ignore or refute or minimize the genetic component of Human Nature. Since I take Pinker very seriously I’ll probably write more about this when I’m finished, but I have to share this list that he talks about and then helpfully includes, of <a href='http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/864_reg.html'>Human Universals</a>, from Donald E. Brown, of whom I know nothing. Brown devised this list in 1989. If there is such a thing as Human Nature, this list is all about it ...
 
Wondering About Vignette · I’d like to use the Web as a Really Smart Library—first time I’ve done that on this blog—because I’m looking for some user and programmer experience on Vignette. I haven’t been near their products for years, since the days of StoryServer, which was generally hated for bugginess, arcane complexity, and TCL-centricity. If anyone would like to share some Vignette content-management or portal experiences, on or off the record, I’d sure appreciate it, and I’d publish them here too (or not) on request.
 
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