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Monday, April 15 2002

From the "Thinking out loud department" : Subscriptions and APIs

Every few days, I peek at the front page for the O'Reilly website. I used to do it largely because I couldn't remember the URL for the beta chapters page. The beta chapters are gone, but I still make a habit of looking anyway. Today I noticed a new push for their online book widget, Safari. I'm not a big fan of online books so I'm not about to sign up anytime soon. But, out of curiousity, I did a search on umask perl just to see what came back. And that got me thinking that I might pay money if there were a framework and an API such that I could build some sort of interactive man widget to query the Safari servers. Something along the lines of...

$> safari perl umask

Your query returned [2] options:

[1] Programming Perl, yadda yadda yadda

[2] Perl in a Nutshell, yadda yadda yadda

Please choose one: 1

[ and so on and so on... ]

...which presumably have support for open-ended queries like this.


Alex Ulmanu : What about SMS journalism?

"What better use can one get for the old inverted pyramid? Since journalism students learn that when writing news stories they have to give as much information as possible in as few words as possible, SMS seems to be the ultimate expression of journalistic concision."

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The random word of the day is : schreibtischfuhrer

An expression of disbelief, anger, or dismay.
ex. When Bob found out he got ripped off for his computer, he muttered "Schreibtischfuhrer."

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The dictified word of the day is : spoonerism

spoonerism n : transposition of initial consonants in a pair of words wn

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