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XML is AOK

Mark goes crazy again. I love it when Mark goes crazy, it usually results in some sort of useful insight. Now, to address the XHTML thing, and what’s-with-XML part of it. I author in XHTML, which is XML. At some point (in theory) the tools will come along to make use of this, you know, because it’s XML. That’s what they say, right? Well, today I use jEdit, a text editor. It’s got some tools for dealing with XML. These can be useful tools. It can tell me when I’m writing crappy XML. It doesn’t care when I write crappy HTML. It is because everyone writes crappy HTML? No, it’s because it knows how to deal with XML and what the rules of XML are. Sure HTML has some rules, it’s just that almost no one seems to follow these rules. I have more confidence in new useful tools supporting XML/XHTML than I do for useful tools supporting HTML. but maybe that’s just me…

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D.C. Again

So I’ll be out in the D.C. area next week. The last time I was in D.C. was about 10 years ago. I saw Pat Grahm, I changed the tire on the van, I upset the guitarist from Verbal Assault (well, he wasn’t in Verbal Assault at that time) played a show with Born Against, used food stamps, and spent some quality time folding J-cards. Oh, and I managed to watch a 6 hour video on the subject of 7 Seconds being on tour. When I told the locals I watched the whole thing, they we’re quite amazed, as even though they owned the video tape in question, none of them seemed to be able to claim they watched the whole thing. I saw no landmarks of great significance while there. The only history I learned concerned Kevin Seconds and his acquaintances.

Oh, and I got a Rain Like the Sound of Trains demo… That was probably the highlight.

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Sears Hardware

I stayed up much too late last night, as I heard that Dashboard Confessional was going to be on Last Call with Carson Daly. Now, I hate that show, and I always switch channels after Conan is done, but had to try to see Scott Schoenbeck on national television, even it if was 1 A.M. (and I figured it was making up for missing Davey and his Ring band not once, but twice on Late Night…)

I’ll say this of Dashboard Confessional, I didn’t like them. I mean sure, the kids seemed to dig it, the boys swayed, the girls swooned, and some even sung along, but really, it had none of the raw power or sensibility of Self Denial, none of the grace or character of the original Cleveland Bound Death Sentence… Scott, where’s that Sears employee we once knew? Where will Blood, Guts, Death Inc. shop for those much needed dismemberment tools?

“Stop by Sears, I’ll sell you some hardware” indeed…

(For the 99.999998% of the readership that has no idea what I’m talking about, just ignore this one…)

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Idiots Need Not Apply

I had to share this. This is a reply to an email, that uh, someone I know, got from their previous boss. (The boss has been replaced.)

it sounds like ur contradicting urself – u say it is possible to use back
button… then u say its not “This will not work:

Fill in Page 1, Submit, get to Page 2″

im confused

who said u needed good commun skillz 2 b in mngmnt!?

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Email is broke?

Whew, missed this last week, as I was out, but it seems people think that email is broken, or at least email is somehow having some sort of problem. I wouldn’t really know it if it wasn’t for the hype from everyone else. I’ve had no problem getting my mail. I don’t have a huge increase in spam. I seem to be getting my mail fine, and sending it fine. What’s the problem?

Yeah, I know, I don’t use Windows, and if I did, I’d be using Mozilla products rather than IE and Outlook anyway, but I think the real trick is, I don’t really know people who use those things. Ok, I know people, but obviously I’m not their friend. By that I mean, I don’t seem to be in their Outlook address book, or in their IE cache, or whatever is required by the latest MS flaw-ware that allows Windows to go nuts like a disgruntled postal worker on speed.

I remember a few years back when there was some virus that emailed everyone in your Outlook address book, and at work everyone was getting it except me, due to the fact that either I’m a loser with no friends, or my friends use good software.