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· · 2003
· · · April
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Microsoft Claims... · I quote di­rect­ly from a CNN ar­ti­cle: “Microsoft con­tends that set­ting stan­dards could sti­fle innovation”. They're talk­ing about product-liability stan­dards in this piece, and in gen­er­al I am not a mem­ber of the church of anti-Microsoft (re­al­i­ty is just more nu­anced than that), but if the po­si­tion is as stat­ed, it is shal­low, stupid, and un­truth­ful. Enough said.
Mish-Mish · Mish-mish is Ara­bic (col­lo­qui­al Le­banese Ara­bic, any­how) for apri­cot. When I was a kid there, it was al­so the ex­pres­sion for what health food stores here call “apricot leather” (il­lus­trat­ed be­low). It al­so has an amus­ing sec­ond mean­ing hav­ing to do with a dis­tant to­mor­row ...
Sahara Unveiled · Sa­hara Un­veiled, by Wil­liam Langewi­esche, is a fine book. He trav­eled around and across the Sa­hara by lo­cal tran­sit and writes about it beau­ti­ful­ly. He likes the peo­ple and re­spects but does not ro­man­ti­cize them. This is a harsh un­beau­ti­ful land­scape and the writ­ing is of­ten that way. There are sur­pris­ing il­lus­tra­tions of pet­ro­glyph­s ...
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