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Friday, October 20, 2000

The World Series Is Dead.
I hope future championships feel hollow because you've grown so accustomed to winning, you attractive and personable young man!

Thursday, October 19, 2000

From Wired.com: Cashing In on Bogus Patents.
.. on Wednesday, O'Reilly and Bezos officially went into business together -- the patent-reform business, no less.

The erstwhile adversaries are jointly funding a new site called BountyQuest, which will, among other things, pay big cash rewards to people who dig up "prior art" -- pre-existing technology -- that helps debunk controversial patents.

Wednesday, October 18, 2000

What a deal!
Reader submitted link #3: The excellent Arts & Letters Daily.
Submitted by Jonathan Barlow.
Reader submitted link #2: Meaningless.com, Aaron Belz's poetry site.
Submitted by Aaron Belz.
Reader submitted link #1: Luke Brindley.
Submitted by Luke Brindley.
I hate it when other personal inter-net site digital journalists (there must be a better term than bloggers) feel like they have to announce that they are too busy to post, but I'm about to do it. I'd really like to get a certain project done this week, K. is going out of town tomorrow so I'll have the kids for two days, we have a late show 1/2 hour away tomorrow night (in Illinois, of all places), the roofer noises are driving me crazy; all these things make maintaining my personal inter-net site digital journal more of a millstone than the liberating act of self expression it usually is.

But I've got an idea: why don't you, faithful reader, send me a link, or even a link with commentary, or even just commentary. Here's your chance to make glish.com what you always hoped it would be! I'll post whatever I get.

If you'd rather just sit on your duff, check out my experiments page. More fun than you can shake a stick at.

Tuesday, October 17, 2000

Taylor points us to Engrish, a collection of Japanese signs and packaging. From a box of Palnap, a brand of tissue paper:
"What feeling do you need the best in your lifestyle? Trendy feeling, natural feeling and traditional feeling. We'll lead a tasteful life to find your personal style. Mild and tenderness are basic of our living life."
I just discovered AdFlip.com, the "world's largest searchable database of classic print ads."
From the NY Times: A Happy, Scary New Day for Design.
Today there exists the cultural equivalent of an ecotone between the old and new economies, between the culture of industrial production and that of informational exchange. Design today is flourishing in this region. Its symbol is the veil, a graphic device that conveys the conflicting desire to conceal and reveal.

Shadow, translucency, reflection, refraction, dappling, stippling, blurring, shimmering, vibration, moire, netting, layering, superimposition: these are some of the visual devices used to render the veil in contemporary design.
[thanks Bill]



The roofers have come, and this morning they are tearing off our roof. Actually I suspect they will be doing it all day. Such noisy business requires noisy music, so I'm listening to My Bloody Valentine's Loveless.
Another beginner's tutorial on XSLT: Converting XML and XSL to HTML on the Server.
eXtensible Programming Language
Our task is to create an eXtensible Programming Language framework, in which XML documents will be source code, processed by XSLT and by our own tree operations.

Monday, October 16, 2000

The lexiaProject Public GUI Initiative
The lexiaProject Public GUI Initiative is a project to create a better graphical user interface (GUI) for reading extended texts on a computer screen. The project uses a new technique, called vertical serial text presentation (VSTP) in combination with a unique interface widget to accommodate rapid, hands-free reading.
The area of Queens we have been looking in for a building to buy just made the cover of Time Out New York: Astoria: The New Bohemia?
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