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Saturday, January 11, 2003

Now this is what I've been looking for: a Jabber Protocol Overview.
Score: the Jabber, Inc. Knowledge Base, "a comprehensive collection of Jabber-related information".

Friday, January 10, 2003

The best erratum ever, from the ActionScript Dictionary errata:
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Thursday, January 09, 2003

The Rise of the Stupid Network -- "Why the Intelligent Network was once a good idea, but isn't anymore. One telephone company nerd's odd perspective on the changing value proposition." That's a neat little piece by David S. Isenberg, who appears to be well-equipped to write another paper called maybe The Rise of the Stupid Neologism. He's trademarked the word "prosultant" to describe his role as a not-consultant (he's a "pro", not a "con"!), and look, you can call yourself one too!
Jabber XML Reference.
Jabber Client Developer's Cheat Sheet.

Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Hey! A Wiki for developing Flash in ActionScript only (without the annoying IDE): CodeAndOnlyCode.
A virtual guitar and chordbook built with Flash.
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Thursday, January 09, 2003

Naomi Chana summed up my grudges against Jackson's The Two Towers perfectly, and provides excellent context for understanding why Jackson's changes to the text work against major themes in Tolkien's masterpiece of comfort reading.

Wednesday, January 08, 2003

OK, here's what I'll say:
  • 365 days, a site wherin Otis Fodder will provide a mp3 musical oddity every day in 2003, is off to a smashing start. My favorite so far: The Space Lady sings Major Tom. Not only is the rendition of the song too good to be true, but that song buried itself deep in my brain the last time I heard it, probably in 1984, and has over the years tormented me by dancing up to the lower reaches of my consciousness saying "I exist! I am special and you like me!" but I have never been able to recall a melody or specific lyrics. Over the years various friends have looked at me in bafflement when I ask "what was that song in the 80's you know, a hit, and it was like the same story as Bowie's Space Oddity?"
  • I am committing to spending a 1/2 an hour a day answering Glish emails until I have responded to all that still sit unanswered in my inbox since October. Starting tomorrow.
  • THE LACK OF UPDATES ON THIS SITE MUST STOP.
  • Read Roger Lewin's somewhat annoyingly styled Complexity: life on the edge of chaos, which was, quite frankly, an eye opener. Patterns of complexity provide a fascinating lens with which to analyze the world, both philosophically and practically.
  • A tip from Dori Smith:
    Amazon used to send surfers who clicked on Amazon referral links straight to a book page. Now, instead, they get sent to a page that contains several items ("We think you might be interested in these also" or some such). If the surfer then clicks on any of those other items, the referrer gets 5% instead of the original 15%. Solution: add "/ref%3Dnosim/" to the end of the referring URL, and the surfer will be sent directly to the book's page.
  • I still have the taste of ground teeth in my mouth from my two root canals yesterday. Kids, don't stay away from the dentist for 10 years if you wish to avoid this taste. Or, just have really really really strong teeth.

Tuesday, January 07, 2003

From Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, this excerpt:
For each stop--each timbre, or type of sound, that the organ could make (viz. blockflote, trumpet, piccolo)--there was a separate row of pipes, arranged in a line from long to short. Long pipes made low notes, short high. The tops of the pipes defined a graph: not a straight line but an upward-tending curve. The organist/math teacher sat down with a few loose pipes, a pencil, and paper, and helped Lawrence figure out why. When Lawrence understood, it was as if the math teacher had suddenly played the good part of Bach's Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor on a pipe organ the size of the Spiral Nebula in Andromeda--the part where Uncle Johann dissects the architecture of the Universe in one merciless descending ever-mutating chord, as if his foot is thrusting through skidding layers of garbage until it finally strikes bedrock. In particular, the final steps of the organist's explanation were like a falcon's dive through layer after layer of pretense and illusion, thrilling or sickening or confusing depending on w hat you were. The heavens were riven open. Lawrence glimpsed choirs of angels ranking off into geometrical infinity.
is good.
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