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Kottke says a tumblelog is a quick and dirty stream of consciousness… with more than just links. Anarchaia was the first, but there are many copies. And they have a plan.

  1. Mark Nottingham's announced an utterly fantastic set of tests of XMLHttpRequest's HTTP behavior.

  2. JetBlue will be serving Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Yay!

  3. With AJAX and DOM scripting becoming more commonplace, pages are too dynamic to illustrate with a static wireframe or page description diagram, and it seems everyone is starting to realize it. Unfortunately, The [sic] alternatives to traditional wireframes such as animated GIF's [sic] or storyboarding, really aren't much better. I really think there's only one solution. Just build it.

    Garrett Dimon, AJAX & DOM Scripting: Just Build It (emphasis his)

  4. People often assume that Yahoo! moving Viaweb off of Lisp, and Sony moving Naughty Dog off of Lisp, says something bad about Lisp itself. Bill Clementson looks at the same data and comes to the conclusion that lisp is good for startups (emphasis mine):

    So, Yahoo acquires Viaweb and rewrites it. The end result is inferior to the original Lisp-based product. Sony acquires Naughty Dog and decides to eliminate the Lisp-based development infrastructure. The end result is an inferior game development environment. Sure, there were probably a lot of reasons for these decisions by Yahoo and Sony… however, the end result for both companies has been something inferior to what they originally acquired.

    But, for both Paul Graham and Naughty Dog, the use of Lisp allowed them to develop products that pushed them to the front of the pack. They were subsequently bought out; however, the fact that their Lisp tools were subsequently discarded does not throw a negative shadow on Lisp. Lisp got them to where they needed to be to succeed — definitely a quality that entrepreneurs want in a programming language!

  5. Chad Dickerson on email management at a new job (emphasis mine):

    [I'm] cleaning out my e-mail inbox, and it's a mess. Only 22 weeks into my job at Yahoo!, I'm looking at an inbox with 5100+ e-mails, since I have deleted absolutely nothing since I started — and that leads to the point I want to make about getting organized in a new job. It might be GTD heresy, but in a new job, I think you should let your inbox fill up for the first 4–6 months… Then, 4–6 months later, when you've really begun to make sense of your role, the organization, and how it all works, spend a few days churning through that old inbox and doing some filing.

    That's what I'm doing, and I'm finding e-mails on topics that were inscrutable to me in my first couple of months, but are now immensely valuable. I'm finding e-mails from people who I've gotten to know, but didn't know when I received the e-mails. I'm finding informational e-mails from HR and Finance that didn't make sense when I got them, and now do. I'm finding e-mail threads about projects that were just one in an overall soup of projects, but are now very specifically pertinent to what I'm doing now.

  6. Alex King's blog desperately needs to have higher contrast between its text color and its background color.

  7. The history of Comic Sans MS

  8. Andy Budd wants a parent selector in CSS3. Sounds good to me! I prefer the syntax given in one of his comments:

    #child < .parent {…}

    Update: Dylan Schiemann proposed this syntax back in 2000.

    Update, May 2008: This sort of thing has popped up again, this time in Shaun Inman’s CSS Qualified Selectors. John Resig even implemented it for jQuery.

  9. Here's an amusing comparison of Joel Spolsky and Paul Graham.

  10. Story of my life: My data is organized. My life is not.Eric Meyer

  11. I Am Alpha is AOL's new ambiguous Web 2.0 project. Read all about it over at yardley.

  12. supr.c.ilio.us mashes up Chuck Norris facts with Web 2.0. My favorites:

    • Chuck Norris does not build to flip. He builds to roundhouse kick to the face.
    • Chuck Norris has more friends on MySpace than Tom.

    These are especially amsuing for me, since I work at a Web 2.0 company and my boss (our CTO) is named Chuck Norris.

  13. Using SVG for web stats graphs. Drool.

  14. Tag Soup: Crazy parsing adventures

  15. News flash: successful software is actually useful. Go figure.

  16. As everyone else has pointed out already, Google Talk now supports XMPP s2s. Unfortunately, the current release of Adium doesn't allow it. Fortunately, the next version will.

  17. Don't start a business if you can't explain what pain it solves, for whom, and why your product will eliminate this pain, and how the customer will pay to solve this pain.

    Joel Spolsky

  18. Unsurprisingly enough, it seems the vast majority of Afgans have a favorable view of U.S.-led forces. Via normblog.

  19. Scientists have discovered something everybody already knew: meetings suck. Via 37signals.

  20. Our ancestors were hunted by birds.

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