· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · May
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Canada Boring? I Think Not · As not­ed ear­li­er, we’ve got a mi­nor­i­ty gov­ern­ment em­broiled in a nasty scan­dal and an Op­po­si­tion that sniffs blood in the wa­ter. So, what hap­pened? The NDP, our left-wing par­ty, agreed to prop up the Lib­er­al gov­ern­ment on con­di­tion that they get all sorts of social-democratic good­ies in­to the Fed­er­al bud­get. But that’s not quite enough votes to do the job, and the Loy­al Op­po­si­tion, cur­rent­ly the Con­ser­va­tives (Tories) and BQ (Québec sep­a­ratist­s), were go­ing to try to vote down the bud­get and pre­cip­i­tate an elec­tion. So the Lib­er­als went out and bought them­selves an­oth­er vote, brib­ing promi­nent To­ry bil­lion­airess bim­bo Belin­da Stronach away to the Lib­er­al side with a plum­my cab­i­net job. That still wasn’t quite enough; vote-counters came up with 151 sol­id votes on the Govern­ment side, 152 again­st, and mav­er­ick In­de­pen­dent MP Chuck Cad­man sit­ting on the fence. Wel­l, the vote hap­pened this af­ter­noon and no­body knew what was go­ing to hap­pen up un­til the sec­ond they called Chuck’s name; he stood up to vote with the Govern­men­t, pro­duc­ing a tie, which due to par­lia­men­tary ar­cana that need not con­cern us is a gov­ern­ment win. Bed­lam erupt­ed. I’m ir­ri­tat­ed be­cause I want­ed an elec­tion now, but I think the re­sult is prob­a­bly fair be­cause near as I can tell a slight ma­jor­i­ty of the cit­i­zens would rather wait a few more month­s. You couldn’t make this stuff up. [Up­date: I’m get­ting lots of push-back on “bimbo”.] ...
1997 and 2005 · Back in 1997, when the shape of XML start­ed to sta­bi­lize, I sort of ap­point­ed my­self Chief Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer and gave the XML pitch to ev­ery con­fer­ence au­di­ence and jour­nal­ist and in­ter­est­ed geek I could find. It was re­mark­able; pret­ty well ev­ery­one I pitched to said “Oh yeah, I could use some­thing like that for...” and then men­tioned an app that was al­most nev­er the kind of structured-document thing we thought we’d de­signed XML for. Flash for­ward eight years, and I find my­self pitch­ing Atom to all sorts of dif­fer­ent peo­ple. What’s dif­fer­ent is, in­stead of me push­ing at them, I’m get­ting asked “Tell me about this Atom stuff.” What’s the same is that pret­ty well ev­ery­one I pitch to says “I could use some­thing like that for...” and what comes af­ter the dots ei­ther isn’t blog­gy at al­l, or is some weird syn­di­ca­tion an­gle I hadn’t thought of. I’m not say­ing his­to­ry al­ways re­peats it­self; just telling you what I’m hear­ing.
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