Here is a quote from Duff Johnson during his interview, “Duff Johnson: First Impressions of Acrobat 7.0”:

Acrobat 7.0, while adding power features galore, is not a lens for thinking about document management. The documentation offers no real perspective on user needs, and predictably shies away from meaningful workflow recommendations.

This guy has articulated the feeling I have when I work with PDF documents. But he goes on to suggest that Acrobat is trying to take on SharePoint by slowly but surely improving upon PDF-related server technology.

news from Saturday, January 22, 2005


::: Ann Menebroker: Ernest Hemmingway Is On My Mind

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JOHN BENNETT sends me email. I am pretty sure that this John Bennett is the noted poet who would call his works shards—not prose poems or short stories as in Fire in the Hole—but just about any arrangement of words. Such is from the following email:

“Last night I read Ann Menebroker’s book of poems, Tiny Teeth, cover to cover. I don’t do that very often with a book. I think it is well worth a read, and so I am going to email a poem a day for the next week or so.”

“If you like what you read and want the full experience, you can order the book through but preferably from the publisher for twelve bucks at:”

R.L. Crow Publications
PO Box 262
Penn Valley, CA 95946

“For those of you tuned in to the Small Press, all the poems in the book appeared over the years in Marvin Malone’s Wormwood Review, a classic of the small-press literary world.”

::: Book Review: Nice Guys and Players

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Offer me the choice of being with a woman that is my helper and my equal, founding our communal vitality with grace and strategy or the choice of being an award-winning poet, a disconnected individual that is respected at a distance by some and feared and despised by many. I will take the woman. I have three children now. I have had three times to choose the woman and somehow failed.

Enter Rom Wills with his large-print book so that the page count can meet a perfect-bound press run. The first rule in his book sets me straight in 14pt font: No, Bryan. You don’t choose the women. The women choose you! I admit, since I do have quite an impressive university education and a successful technical career, that this book appeared to me more suited for my eldest son, the fourteen year old. However, don’t let the simple package fool you: this book is short and sweet and startlingly insightful for English-language readers of all ages.

::: bell hooks: Connecting Self and Community

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THE MASCULINE OPINION HERE is that this bell hooks speech presented by Toronto Women’s Bookstore on May 15, 2004 at Bloor Street United Church, places bell hooks at the edge of the radical, leftist universe. This speech, titled “Love: Connecting Self and Community,” takes us up right up to the boundaries of what radical public individuals of color can do as an individual. Here we have a refinement of the yearning theme in her work: a call for a connection to community, where the systematic cultivation of a nurturing collective is equally important as achieving as an individual.

I deeply respect the honesty of bell hooks: she does not hide behind the deceptive illusions of her fame, academic standing or financial status. She is honest about a political assassination attempt by a former colleague clawing in a barrel. She is honest about the shadow side of the mythical “strong Black woman” by sharing intimate details about the psychological state of her mother. She is honest about the limits of unlimited individuality in an artificial commercial society, a “dominator culture.” It is this drive to be candid that provides information for our young people so that they have the choice to listen, learn and not repeat all of the negative moments of black history.

At bottom, she is honest about the need for a community of resistance. This resonates with me because we people who call ourselves African will only be an entertaining memory—only an intellectual and materialistic fantasy—without the revival of African matriarchy through a vital, restoration culture. My vision of sustainable community cannot begin without wise women, powered by a renewable energy source—and bell hooks courageously questions the vitality of materialistic individuality, tearing down toxic structures to make space for renewal. This 2004 speech should not stand alone. It should be side by side with the recent work of Professor Wangari Maathai and Vandana Shiva so that we can be reminded of not just what the problems are but have some idea of how to develop solutions.

Note: during this speech, bell hooks will reference Dorothy Roberts, author of the book Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty. As of this writing, her Ms. Magazine interview is online.

The Sister with the Anime EyesThat one photo was a whole lot of photo. So I had to respond with another one from the same camp of shooters. Look at her eyes! I can’t remember her name but I did speak to her briefly and have nothing unpleasant to say about her.

She’s got anime eyes, which are like Betty Davis eyes but from a source that is most ancient. This appeals to me because I intend to be more old fashioned and more conservative than any CEO lobbying capital hill in a Fox-News, TBN power suit.

The great creative forces of Japan behind anime hold that large eyes in the leading characters is symbolic of the depth of spirit, the purity of their spirit. I sincerely believe that this description of a symbol system is sincere. However, it must be said that so many upper-class eastern Asians are taking symbolism literally and undergo cosmetic eye surgery.

I am not aware of what eastern Asians think of my photo here. I just know that this image is live action—all natural. It’s no cartoon and no product of a cosmetic surgeon. Let’s say a prayer for her and expect her voice and grace to match the power of her physical appearance.

When you write code late at night near a television, you may find yourself watching things you never want to see. So I discover I am watching a C-SPAN channel at about four o’clock in the morning—stupidly depriving myself of holy sleep. And I hear this reporter talking about Blog writers. And his tone and innuendo inspires the title of this post.

The Internet historically was also a tool for scientists to communicate—in addition to what you might be using the Internet for now. Even though I do not posses a doctorate in physics, I consider myself a scientist and I know that I have scientific lifestyle habits—which will be self-evident as days on this Blog increase, explaining a lot to my friends and associates. Writing notes to a Blog is easily one of those habits.

Egocentric interpretations of my behavior are unavoidable. I explain this at in my December 2004 article “Basic Black: the Funky Sutra.” I am not going to let myself get flabby and out of shape just to avoid feeling strange while watching some talking heads on CSPAN try to map out a world for a flat Earth.

To avoid information overload, I will Blog the links that were interesting but not requiring immediate action. Most of these links come from Sage pushing RSS feeds into FireFox—so take note of this you end-user researchers! The non-scaleable concept of surfing the Web no longer exists for this end-user. I sample the web with dozens of narrow probes.

Spam ‘bots

Avoiding spam-bots” by Ralph Arvesen opens the subject of removing references to email addresses because of spam ‘bots. The path leads to using the email form to “assemble” an email address from “something”… I don’t see why encryption is needed when a key passed to an XML dataset can be used. Hazy on this one.

WS Parameter

One parameter to rule them all: Part 2” on is taken as design guidance. Pass a type, a complex XML type to the Web service. Makes sense to me.

Premature Prep’ for Being a Dev’ Lead

The article “How To Create an ASP.NET Application from Multiple Projects for Team Development” will probably be outdated by the time I need to work in a team.

Scripting in C#

The article “.NET scripting, a new approach” is currently a novelty piece. Perhaps my academic powers will engulf this topic in future.

XHTML Promised in ASP.NET 2.0

The article “A C# class to make your ASP.NET pages XHTML valid” should be made obsolete in a few months. But it still haunts me just in case the RTM of ASP.NET 2.0 does not comply with XHTML.

Value Types and Reference Types

I assume that the article “Boxing and UnBoxing in C#” is more academic than practical. I may be wrong later.

UCLA Technical Optimism

I expect to reach the luxury level at UCLA where an article like “Pushing HTML content to a Blackberry” will be needed since Blackberry devices are running around MCCS.

Rolling Your Own XAML

The article “MycroXaml” is interesting. This XAML-like implementation looks free of charge.

No Current Need or Lead to the Repeater Control

This article “Paging with Repeater control in ASP.NET” is out there in case of a sudden need. I’m just letting me know.