Very busy at the moment. In last three days finished first draft of a big research proposal, refereeing a paper I very much liked, and put the finishing touches on a technical report. Sometimes work goes well, would be good if I could remember that when things don't go so well.
I've decided to attach information on my certification activity to my diary entries, starting with amars, who I've certified as journeyer because of his comments on and work on PHP: I don't like PHP, but it's important and free, and amars seems to have a good perspective on it and has done apparently useful free software work with it.
Two suggestions for advogato: (i) fix the 404 for http://www.advogato.org/html.html and (ii) give an option to add a URL to certifications so that folks can link to diary entries explaining their certifiction activity...
Postscript #1 jlbec: I agree that the analogy between Apartheid-era South Africa and Israel isn't perfect but I find athe nalogy between the condition of Palestine and the then condition of the homelands to be striking. Also that an obviously unjust and unsustainable status quo is maintained by fear of change and a surreal failure to grasp their real position. I only hope things work out as well in the Middle East as they did in SA.
Postscript #2: Certified mcs to apprentice - sounds like he needs encouragement.
Postscript #3: Joel Spolsky's critique of language independence on .NET seems to miss the point: MS wants to make it easy for existing projects to migrate to the .NET platform. Bring 'em in and lock the door... I like the way he makes the point about the programming language syntax arguments, though - they really are lame.