Certed sisob as master today, for his unflagging energy and cheer to the end.
Name: John Fleck
Member since: 2001-03-18 19:20:45
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I'm a science journalist, based at the Albuquerque Journal in Albuquerque, N.M., USA. I'm a member of the GNOME Documentation Project. I am a member of the GNOME Old Farts Club.
In addition to writing here, I have a three weblogs: one professional. (Holy crap! He's getting paid for that?), one amateur and one decidedly special-interest.
Things whose Google Ranking I'm Trying to Improve: GNOME Users Guide, Dave Camp, Jonathan Blandford, RS 2477.
Thought I'd drop by the old neighborhood and say "hi".
dyork: Pass along my birthday greetings to young Chloe!
MichaelCrawford: Thanks for that. I hope the value to others outweighs the personal pain of dredging up enough of the memories to put it to "paper", as it were. I think those values clearly must - the new media you've used offer a potentially vast new audience that can self-organize around your work in a way not possible with real paper. People who need and can benefit from what you've written will find it.
raph: Don't despair of people "leaving". Advogato can't be all things to all people. You've built something extraordinary here, enabling community and relationships that are invaluable. The glass is at least three quarters full here!
dobey: gman does fix a lot of bugs, too, and a ton grunt-level work that I see as equivalent of bug-fixing in terms of getting the whole system (human as well as technological) to work - unglamorous but necessary.
People add stuff they think is needed.
dobey II: I thought Uraeus raised some interesting points. A brusque "You're full of it" sounds more like a playground taunt than an attempt to advance the discussion.
Started a new blog here. I've come to realize that if we're to realize Tim Berners-Lee's original (and fabulous) vision for the web, it's about writing to as well as reading from the medium. And it makes no sense for my "home page" (a phrase that has become bereft of meaning through repetition) to be static, while I do all the writing somewhere else. So my home page is now my blog. (That's not the only reason for moving - more complex and self-indulgent reasons here.)
Just finished George Johnson's new book on quantum computing, A Shortcut Through Time: The Path to the Quantum Computer. I recommend it. He tackles two subjects I shy away from writing about - computer science and quantum schtuff. Both are so abstracted from everyday experience that finding the write metaphors to explain them to the lay public is tough. Johnson is up to the challenge.tunes
Now I'm in the middle of Graham Greene's Our Man in Havana. Fun so far.
Being dense, I did not realize that my public library has music CD's for loan. So I've been loading up. I stumbled across the CD rack while I was getting a book a couple of weeks ago, and the first bit that popped out at me was Don Ellis, who I really hadn't listened to in 20 years. I've since been scouring their racks for old '50s jazz. This week, it's Ornette Coleman, a Coltrane/Adderly combo and Art Pepper, a nifty big band leader I'd not heard before. On the Pepper album, some helpful library patron went through the liner notes and noted which instrument (tenor, alto, clarinet) Pepper played on each cut. In pencil.
I love the library. If it didnt exist, we'd have to invent it.
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