Archiv für den Tag Mai 18, 2006

Microtemplates – CSS class attribute overload

Microtemplates are templates specified in plain HTML syntax that overload the CSS class attribute to indicate how to display data.

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Ray Ozzie’s: Wiring the Web

I’ve been wondering, “what would it take to enable users themselves to wire-the-web”? If you happened to read my post about Simple Sharing Extensions last fall, you’re already likely aware of my optimism about the potential of using RSS as a DNA of sorts to enable “mesh” information sharing scenarios at a grassroots level on the internet. I believe RSS has the potential to be the “UNIX pipe of the internet”, and that one of the simplest and most pervasive “mesh” needs that many of us have is to provide connections for things such as contacts, calendar entries, messages, files and the like.

U.S. Food Industry is trying to stop "Chew on this" by Eric Schlosser

Chew on this

Today I bought several newspapers for my tram ride back from the crèche to our office. As I follow from time to time NZZ’s ebalanceblog, the WSJ article Rebuttal of ‚fast food‘ author widens, caught my interest.

Apparently the „U.S. food industry is sharpening it’s campaign to rebut „Fast Food Nation“ author Eric Schlosser as he wraps up a series of visits to schools to promote his new book „Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want To Know About Fast Food“ aimed at kids – an important demographic for fast-food companies.

What bothers me is the use of third parties to attack me when the people who are paying for it aren’t standing up and taking credit for it

, Eric Schlosser says of the sudden surge of criticism he has encountered.

PS: Fast Food Nation, staring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette makes its debut at the Cannes Film Festival. Hopefully Sandrine will report on it.

Simplified versus traditional characters

*** a wee bit off topic ***

A link for Stefan, as his business card is written the traditional way (top-down, right-left), but with modern respectively simplified characters.

For students of Chinese, politics fill the characters
Traditionalists bemoan rise of simplified writing system promoted by Communist government to improve literacy

The Communist government updated the system for spelling Chinese words with Roman letters in the 1950s. To increase the country’s literacy rate, it also introduced simplified written Chinese characters, which use fewer strokes. Some characters are completely new, but many are identical to traditional versions. The characters now called traditional first appeared as pictorial script incised on bone or tortoise shell during the Shang dynasty (1400 B.C.-1200 B.C.) and have evolved since.

See also:
Hanzi Smatter, dedicated to the misuse of chinese characters in western culture
Gnawing at language, biting the ankles of Chinese media

Via Asian Wild Rose