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· Naughties
· · 2007
· · · April
· · · · 08 (3 entries)

Any Damn Fool · This is re­al news: James Clark has a blog, and in it he says “Any damn fool could pro­duce a bet­ter da­ta for­mat than XML”. Um, James was des­ig­nat­ed Tech­ni­cal Lead of the orig­i­nal XML Work­ing Group and is the sin­gle largest con­trib­u­tor to the de­sign of XML. Al­so, per­hap­s, the finest com­put­er pro­gram­mer I’ve ev­er had the priv­i­lege of work­ing with ...
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FotD: April 8 Massed Daffodils · I found my­self quite tak­en, a cou­ple of weeks ago, by Shel­ley Powers’ il­lus­trat­ed ar­gu­ment that daf­fodils are best con­sid­ered en masse. Here’s my state­ment in sup­port of that propo­si­tion ...
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Misirlou · You know, I don’t of­ten post here say­ing “check out this YouTube clip”, but to­day I’ve got two, both fea­tur­ing Dick Dale. The first one I saw was this in­ter­view, where Dick of­fers ad­vice based on bit­ter ex­pe­ri­ence that il­lus­trates, were that need­ed, how dys­func­tion­al the mu­sic busi­ness is. Then serendip­i­ty led me to this 1963 video of Dick play­ing Misir­lou. Be­cause, you know, there are many dif­fer­ent gen­res of mu­sic stretch­ing back over the decades and cen­turies, but it seems ob­vi­ous to me that any­one with taste and in­tel­li­gence would have to ac­knowl­edge that the surf-guitar-instrumental stands head and shoul­ders above all the rest as the pin­na­cle of hu­man mu­si­cal achieve­men­t.
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