optical hopscotch

Probably going to be a light update; I’ve got some mail to try to catch up on.

A while back, I mentioned that I had switched to Sawmill, a window manager that uses a Emacs Lisp dialog for configuration and scripting, and is overall very lightweight and fast. Those of you interested in a high-level-language scripted WM but who are Lisp-phobic can rejoice at the PointLess Window Manager, which is similar to Sawmill in concept but implemented in Python.

A couple of other bloggers pointed to Keith Devlin’s The Death of the Paragraph. It’s not exactly the same thing, but I’m finding, as I work on my thesis, that my writing style has been changed by the amount of web and email writing I do. I’m not yet sure if it’s for good or bad, but I am having to struggle to achieve a ‘scholarly’ tone, and to fully develop my arguments. Not that I don’t have to develop logical structures for the web and email too, but there’s a definite difference, and switching back and forth every day is giving me multiple cognition syndrome – not a bad thing, but sometimes annoying.

The Mnemonic Project is attempting to build a web browser that will be released under the GNU license. Here’s a screenshot – it looks semi-functional! Doesn’t do tables yet, which is too bad. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to play with this soon…

This brief review of Robert Young’s Under the Radar (which chronicles the rise of Red Hat) makes it sound like a moderately interesting read, but not something I’m going to run right out and pick up – I’ll wait for the paperback.

Looks like that’s it; I’m off to answer mail before collapsing in bed. Don’t forget; #BlogIRC on EFNet tonight, 8:30 PM EST. Hope to see you there.