Archive for May 27, 2003

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My sister got her first ever spam message today. Despite having an account at the same ISP as me, she’s never gotten any before. Amazing.

On the Origin of Creoles

Although I love linguistics, I’ve never conducted research in it beyond class projects. A few weeks ago I posted my term paper on periphrasis just for kicks. It was a fun project, and I had found the research challenging. There were a lot of papers with relevant information, but few that focused on the precise areas I was investigating. Googling for “periphrasis tsai” revealed that my paper hadn’t been indexed yet, but I came across an article (PDF) by Michel DeGraff (one of my favorite professors). It’s definitely worth reading if you’re interested in this sort of thing. DeGraff is a master at debunking.

Related books:


Verdana is my favorite Microsoft product. It’s not as nice as Geneva (except for headlines, where it’s better), but Mac OS X can draw it well. I’m now using it in Cocoa programs like Safari, NetNewsWire, and Path Finder that can’t draw Geneva right.

Mac Faithful

Waferbaby interviews John Gruber:

there are only two reasonable explanations for the mac’s continuing success in the face of microsoft’s dominating monopoly: (a) it offers advantages over windows; or (b) mac users are blindly loyal to apple for completely illogical reasons.

so what i’m saying is that the truth is (a), but that most so-called “industry experts” have decided the answer is (b)—they don’t perceive the mac’s advantages, and so they refuse to believe there are any.

(Thanks for the plug.)

Adobe Reader

Sven-S. Porst:

Today brought us the advent of Acrobat Reader 6. And at a first glimpse this is a piece of software that wants to make you puke. I really like using PDF files because they’re an easy way to distribute documents efficiently without relying on other people to have a working TeX (or whatever other program you like to use) installation. But step by step Adobe has managed to turn Acrobat Reader into a crappy behemoth without any actual improvements.

Quote of the Day

A successful [software] tool is one that was used to do something undreamed of by its author. —S. C. Johnson

Fowler Bliki

Martin Fowler, author of Refactoring and Analysis Patterns has started a blog-wiki hybrid.