Infrequently Noted

Alex Russell on browsers, standards, and the process of progress.


This is the kind of week I'm having: it's Thursday, and I'm only now getting around to posting about last Saturday. Oy.

But on the upside, it was fun! Jennifer and I arrived late to a cookout in Bunny Medow in Golden Gate park and cooked an obscene amount of dead chicken, pig, and cow. We ducked out to get to the TMBG show not long after pawning off the last of the kebabs and sausage onto our friends. At one point someone tried to stage dive in the middle of "Particle Man". Needless to say, in a group of mid-thirties deeply unhip white people, stage diving seems like a better idea than it really is. The poor sap who inflicted back injuries on himself was then soundly mocked by the band for like 3 minutes. Both insult and injury seemed well deserved. My evening was made when TMBG did "Experimental Film". Haven't been able to get that song out of my head in days.

Later we went to the last of Heather's fabulous parties (she even had a DJ!). She's moving out of the city, and will be sorely missed by us all. Oh the things we do for love.


Last Friday we sent Dave packing for Washington.

I guess that employers generally do a really poor job of acknowledging people for what they add (and I wish I were better than most, but I know in my gut that I'm not), and so I want to take just a minute now to thank David for a great summer.

It's not that often that you work with people whose taste you respect, and I think that taste in general is an under-appreciated quality among programmers that distinguishes entire echelons of programmers from one another. This summer I've had the good fortune to work closely with someone who has a good sense of programming taste.

Thanks Dave.

you don't own jack

Unlike large swaths of Europe where you (a data subject) are allowed to own data that pertains to you, the US is perpetually hung up on the concept of "privacy" and as a result, companies that collect data legally view it as their property (with patronizing exceptions). In essence, you are (to them) a captive revenue stream.

Looks like now they can also legally view you as a helpless schmuck based on the argument that you were a helpless schmuck anyway, and they're just doing you the favor of codifying it. Aren't corporations just the best friend a consumer could want?

more from dev day

One of the things I should link before I lose any memory of it is Bob Clary's Mozilla Spiders tool. Currently, the spiders are designed to point out JS and standards compliance errors, but the obvious next step is to use the event generation harness as a way to do in-browser unit testing without having to pay Segue obscene amounts of money for Silk.

better living through math

You can take so much away from this visualization of Bush's approval ratings that it's scary how effective it is.

(via BoingBoing)

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