Forgiveness, fear, understanding, and rubber chickens

Five completely unrelated posts. Well sorta. Damn I love software engineering…. Coding Horror: JavaScript and HTML: Forgiveness by Default: …The lesson here, it seems to me, is that forgiveness by default is absolutely required for the kind of large-scale, worldwide adoption that the web enjoys. The permissive, flexible tolerance designed into HTML and JavaScript is […]

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Herniated Disk Update

Things have been steadily improving – the pain in my left leg is no longer constant, nor as bad. It still strikes while standing or sitting too long, or when carrying additional weight on the left side of my body. A few things I still miss however – I can’t play my guitar for any […]

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“Miserable comforters are ye all.”

LATimes: Editorial: Too terrible for words: IN THE BIBLICAL Book of Job, the anguished hero is visited by three friends who attempt to comfort him by drawing airy and sententious lessons from his agonies. Of course, they end up adding to his troubles; Job endures not only the real pains of grief and sickness but […]

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Warstories

Paul Tyma, a senior engineer at Google, developed and maintains Mailinator, a nifty service that helps you avoid the hassle of associating your personal email address with services you never intend to revisit during registration. A few months ago he posted about the architecture behind Mailinator and the decisions that went into it. It’s a […]

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On Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut passed away last week, at the age of 84. Wish we had the chance to hear him about this past week’s events, from Imus to the blogger Code of Conduct. But we’ll always have his books, and the innumerable writers he influenced. NYTimes: Kurt Vonnegut: …the time to read Vonnegut is just when […]

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Tim O’Reilly == Tipper Gore?

No of course not. But this still looks like to me. The push to have blogs adopt a ‘Code of Conduct’, including content warnings for visitors, reminds me of the P.M.R.C. and the “Warning, Explicit Content” stickers that are smacked on on just about every album worthy to buy. I wonder what Frank Zappa would […]

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