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· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · March
· · · · 11 (4 entries)

Illustrated Conversation With the World · Alice was be­gin­ning to get very tired of sit­ting by her sis­ter on the bank, and of hav­ing noth­ing to do: once or twice she had peeped in­to the book her sis­ter was read­ing, but it had no pic­tures or con­ver­sa­tions in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pic­tures or conversations?" [Lewis Car­rol­l] And what is the use of a we­blog, etc? ...
 
Fifteen Times Scarier than Saddam · Messrs. Bush and Rums­feld and Wol­fowitz rant on ev­ery TV screen about how dan­ger­ous Sad­dam is, and that's why we need to launch this war soon­est. I'm sor­ry but I don't buy it, even if (today's hot news) the Iraqis may have a drone with a wider wingspan than they're sup­posed to. I ful­ly be­lieve they've got some chemo/bio weapons salt­ed away some­where, but I still don't see them as any­where near the world's or even America's biggest prob­lem. (Doesn't mean that it mightn't be a good idea to take Sad­dam out, just that all these ridicu­lous lies about how dan­ger­ous he is are re­al­ly get­ting old.) In fac­t, I thought it might be help­ful to make a list of things that are scari­er than Sad­dam ...
 
Unicode Font Tool · From Lord Pix­el (whose site doesn't ren­der in Sa­far­i, bah!) comes the OS X on­ly Uni­code Font In­spec­tion tool. There's some­thing like this that comes with Win­dows, on­ly nowhere near as slick. Among oth­er things, this is the quick­est way I know of to look up the code­point for some odd char­ac­ter whose name I might not know ...
 
Let's Move XML-dev Now! · To the ex­tent that there is such a thing as an XML com­mu­ni­ty, it's found at a few con­fer­ences and on the xml-dev mail­ing list. Like many elec­tron­ic com­mu­ni­ties, xml-dev suf­fers from a few te­dious per­math­read­s, from reg­u­lar child­ish rant­ing, and from side-trips in­to the ab­struse. But if you ask a hard tech­ni­cal ques­tion on XML there, you'll prob­a­bly get an an­swer, al­most im­me­di­ate­ly. The prob­lem is that the mail­ing list is mis­man­aged, bro­ken, un­re­li­able, in­ac­ces­si­ble, and re­al­ly ought to find a new home with com­pe­tent grownup min­der­s ...
 
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