Infrequently Noted

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

lunch outside

I think I just got 300% of the FDA's daily recommended sunlight for geeks thanks to Dave's great idea: eat lunch outside. The campus at work is replete with manicured landscaping, a pool, and the like. In the center of all the artificial natural beauty are a couple of park benches which I had never given a second thought to.

I'm glad Dave noticed, 'cause I don't think I ever would have.

brain trust

Dylan started at INFA this week. Informatica now has one of the largest DHTML brain-trusts on the planet.

intros

One more note from the other night's activities: introductions in a geek group have changed.

Once upon a time, when I used to run a LUG and there was a get-togather, people would introduce themselves by email address since more often than not you would know their contributions to a popular mailing list better than their name. Blogs seem to have changed that a lot. Self-respecting geeks (in a certain circle) will now introduce themselves by blog URL, not project or email addr. The concept of online identity is fluid enough to be a joke anyway but I wonder how I'll be introducing myself in another 5 years.

not nearly cool enough

I was invited by Simon to a get-togeather last night at Tantek's with a bunch of WaSP people. It was one of the most engaging evenings I've had in a long time, and I got to meet all kinds of neat folks (too many in fact to list here, lest I leave anyone out).

It feels strange and akward to be a geek among uber-geeks again. In Wisconsin, I used to hang out with security folks most of the time and last night felt a little bit like that. Security folks are, by definition, the most proficient (and cocky) geeks on the planet. They don't just need to know things at a level that's sufficient to build on it, but deep enough to both break and defend weak systems. But with that level of acomplishment in a field that does not yeild to anything but brute willpower comes a much tougher shell. Web people fight similarly nasty problems, but there seems to be a much more accepting and socializing aspect to solving web-dev problems. There's still a feeling that we're down in the trenches, but that somehow we're all in it together.

Most of the night, I wound up engaging in technical discussions because I don't know many of the people who showed up well enough to talk about anything else, so I'm afraid I was a fantastic bore. Regardless, I had a wonderful time. Maybe next time I'll have the common decency to read some of the blogs of people showing up so that I don't seem an utter dolt = )

sing it.

Sing it, Cory.

Via Wes

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