· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · December
· · · · 02 (3 entries)

FSS: Swirl · Fri­day Slide Scan #15 is a pic­ture of, uh, well, I’m not sure what it is. The oth­er night I scanned through the rel­a­tive­ly small num­ber of sur­viv­ing slides that Dad had clas­si­fied as “Art”, which we’ll be min­ing for the next two or three fri­days. Rea­son­able peo­ple might dis­agree about whether this is “Art”, but it is kind of pret­ty ...
On the Naming of Roses · I have on sev­er­al oc­ca­sions linked to the UBC Botan­i­cal Gar­den Botany Pho­to of the Day (“In sci­ence, beau­ty. In beau­ty, sci­ence. Daily”), and while Lau­ren and I did help by en­cour­ag­ing them to launch, I would have done this any­way, just be­cause it’s great. Yesterday’s en­try, en­ti­tled Rosa ‘Harwanna’, is out­stand­ing, both for the ethe­re­al rose pho­to, not tak­en with a cam­er­a, and for its dis­cus­sion of the in­ter­sec­tion of in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty and flow­er names. Did you know that flow­ers can be patent­ed? And fur­ther, trade­marked? And fur­ther, that these prac­tices dam­age our abil­i­ty to talk about flow­er­s? This en­try touch­es me at an un­can­ny num­ber of points: Alex Waterhouse-Hayward, the fea­tured artist, took the best pic­ture of me that any­one ev­er has, and the flow­er is named af­ter Jac­que­line du Pré!
On Beyond Java — the Web · Bruce Tate’s Beyond Ja­va is re­al­ly Web-centric; he ar­gues force­ful­ly that lightweight Web apps are one of the forces driv­ing peo­ple to­wards things like Ru­by on Rails and Seaside, as op­posed, say, to Ja­va EE. My ob­ser­va­tions are most­ly con­sis­tent with Bruce’s, which as a Sun em­ploy­ee makes me think a lot about how we can haul the Ja­va plat­form in­to the lightweight-web-app sweet spot. (So far I’ve failed to con­vince the Soft­ware or­ga­ni­za­tion to redi­rect most of the Ja­va EE en­gi­neer­ing re­sources in­to a rad­i­cal pur­suit of Con­ven­tion over Con­fig­u­ra­tion. [He’s kid­ding -Ed.]) But Bruce’s book had me all cranked up to write about the Right Way To Pro­gram The We­b, and then syn­chronic­i­ty whacked me up­side the head with a de­mo I saw to­day, and I’m bathing in Web-architectural angst ...
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