· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · January
· · · · 20 (4 entries)

FSS: Feather, Gauze, Vase · Friday Slide Scan #19 is from around 1990 and is well-described by this fragment’s title; it’s really very pretty ...
The Aquarium · People have been asking for it since forever, and recent releases of <a href='http://www.rollerweblogger.org/'>Roller</a> now have a group-blogging feature. I’ve always been skeptical of the idea, which redefines “blog” from being about an individual voice to being about a shared interest; because people are bigger and more interesting than their interests. But over the last couple of weeks, my attention has several times been drawn to pieces in <a href='http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/theaquarium'>The Aquarium</a>, which is a group blog about <a href='http://java.sun.com/javaee/glassfish/'>GlassFish</a>. While I’m not really an EE kinda guy, I can see how someone who cares about that stuff could find this kind of a resource useful. For example, check out <a href='http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/theaquarium?entry=publishing_a_restful_web_service'>this pointer</a> to an over-elaborated but nonetheless useful article about doing REST in in JAX. Maybe “group blogs” have legs.
Upcoming Gig: JavaOne · Hah, I’m delighted. <a href='http://java.sun.com/javaone/sf/index.jsp'>JavaOne</a> accepted my talk, entitled <cite>Sigrid: The simplest possible grid computing platform</cite>. See you in San Fran in May!
Marketing Truth · I get peeved at <a href='http://www.nicholasgcarr.com/'>Nicholas Carr</a> sometimes, but he’s done a superb piece of work pushing hard on <a href='http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2006/01/saps_truthstret.php'>SAP</a> and <a href='http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2006/01/oracles_funny_n.php'>Oracle</a> for using statistics in their ads in a way that is at best non-transparent and at worst, well let’s not go there. It’s got to the point that whenever I see a quantitative claim in an ad I assume it’s a lie. There should be penalties; public ridicule feels appropriate.
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