18 Sep 2003 raph   » (Master)

Diary backlog

It's been a while since my last entry, and there are a lot of things I want to write about. Fortunately, most of them will keep.

Much of the past two weeks was taken up with our Ghostscript staff meeting, our exhibit at the Seybold show, and the various preparation and followup.

One of the nicest things about the time was to have fellow hackers stay with us, first Ralph Giles, then Tor Andersson. The kids got to spend time with both, and I think it was very enriching for them, and I hope enjoyable for our guests.

In fact, this was the first time meeting Tor in person. I'm really enjoying working with him - it's clear we have many goals in common. We had a few days of very intense discussion, covering the good and bad in TeX, the Fitz design (of course), and many meditations on the way software should be built.


I've enjoyed drinking from a Sun Java mug since I first became its proud owner, back when Sun was making the original push. A few days ago, Sun announced the "Java Desktop", with all kinds of neat indemnification for its buyers. A few days ago, the handle broke off of my Java mug. I have never dropped it and didn't abuse it in any way, just mostly used it for nuking water for tea. Is there a causal relation between these two events?

I come up with all kinds of funny things in my dreams, but rarely such a good pun as this one: it's clear that discount merchandising needs its own XML language for describing the various flavors of clearance sales, everyday discounts, and so on. Thus, I propose "Markdown Markup language". It's a shame I didn't hook up with Tim Bray at Seybold; we were both there, and I'm sure he would have gotten a chuckle out of it.

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