Python - Web Display Technology
Tue May 23 19:00:47 CEST 2006
"SamFeltus" <sam at nuevageorgia.com> writes:
> > But your brain doesn't care. It's got a shortcut to your wallet, and
> > the information on the screen is accessing that.
> This was the most useful comment for me. I never fully considered that
> Flash was aiming at a different part of the brain. HTML is resonant
> with the mindset of Python, Flash is not. Perceptual match vs
> perceptual mismatch.
I'm reminded of a passage in "Cryptonomicon", about a guy trying to
gather info about how to organize a scuba dive to investigate a
150-meter-deep shipwreck. He gets hold of a bunch of diving books and
finds that the tables in them only go down to 1/3rd of that depth and
Randy closes up all of the books and looks at them peevishly for a
while. They are all nice new books with color photographs on the
covers. He picked them off the shelf because (getting
introspective here) he is a computer guy, and in the computer
world any book printed more than two months ago is a campy
nostalgia item. Investigating a little more, he finds that all
three of these shiny new books have been personally autographed by
the authors, with long personal inscriptions: two addressed to
Doug, and one to Amy. The one to Amy has obviously been written by
a man who is desperately in love with her. Reading it is like
moisturizing with Tabasco.
He concludes that these are all consumer-grade diving books
written for rum-drenched tourists, and furthermore that the
publishers probably had teams of lawyers go over them one word at
a time to make sure there would not be liability trouble. That the
contents of these books, therefore, probably represent about one
percent of everything that the authors actually know about diving,
but that the lawyers have made sure that the authors don't even
Randy does a sorting procedure on the diving books now: he ignores
anything that has color photographs, or that appears to have been
published within the last twenty years, or that has any quotes on
the back cover containing the words "stunning", "superb",
"user-friendly",or, worst of all, "easy-to-understand". He looks
for old, thick books with worn-out bindings and block-lettered
titles like DIVE MANUAL. Anything with angry marginal notes
written by Doug Shaftoe gets extra points.
The Python mindset?
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