Wednesday, June 25

matrimony

My cousin Beau got married the other weekend. So did old IRC partner-in-crime Stephen.

I don't have anything profound to say about that, but it seems like the sort of thing I ought to mention. Congrats, people.

freedom

I am reading Ted Nelson's Computer Lib / Dream Machines right now. I'm skimming around, jumping from chapter to chapter and opening at random pages, because I enjoy reading that way and because that's how the book is actually meant to be read. There is something refreshing about this. Eventually I will have read more or less the entire thing.

I have knocked Nelson in the past, because of his take on the present-day web and because of his views on intellectual property. I still think he's missing the boat by refusing to admit that the web is a workable first step towards better hypertext. There are fundamental elements of his philosophy and design goals which I'm not likely to accept, to put it about as mildly as possible. That said, Computer Lib is the kind of book that needs to be read.