Infrequently Noted

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


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


I've started and abandoned about 5 posts since I got back from Japan, and each time it was about something that intensely interested me, but I ran out of time to elaborate on or investigate further. All I'll say for now is that the DHTML world has gotten a lot more interesting in the last month and a half, and I feel honored to be a part of it.

As a related aside, being in SF seems to have this strange and wonderous side-effect by which you meet people you've always wanted to talk to as a mater of course. It really is a place where bright people go to hang out with other bright people. Despite all of it's failings, traffic, stupid politics, lack of weather, etc., I can't imagine being anywhere else right now.

Perhaps there's just something about this place that makes you feel like you should try to do something cool, even if you don't know what it is yet. I like that.


We got back from Japan on Tuesday and have been jet-lagged ever since. I observed to a co-worker the other day that getting used to the time in Japan wasn't that hard since I could sleep in and do stuff whenever I wanted since I was, um, on vacation.

I've continued my radio-silence until now since I've been reburied under the mountain of stuff I left unfinished when I ran away for vacation. I've promised about 100 people pictures online at some point, but as I feel compelled to write captions for most of them, who knows when they will actually be up.

In other news, Dave Schontzler (of stilleye fame) has started work at Informatica for the summer as an intern in my group. Needless to say, I'm psyched. This summer looks to be getting under way very well indeed.

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