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  Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Darren Barefoot has started a "Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness," a long overdue repository of mainly illustrations that should be preserved for our posterity. Read and weep--or laugh, whatever. But definitely learn.
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I noticed recently (most notably on July 4, 2003) postings several places online, and even placement in certain otherwise respectable newspapers, of a remarkably subversive, even revolutionary, document. Read it here in Dan Gillmor's blog. Read it, and think about it.
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This BBC article reports that technical jargon baffles many. No kidding. Try taking the linked quiz for fun. I got them all, and the Beeb asked:

You got 7 right!
Have you thought about entering the competition to find the sexiest geek alive?

Umm, you'd better ask my wife.

For more fun and games, see the commentary on Slashdot.

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Buddy Ebsen, Star of 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' Dies. The lanky actor played Jed Clampett, the canny patriarch of the popular CBS situation comedy about an Ozark farm family transplanted to a California mansion. By The New York Times. [New York Times: NYT HomePage]

I was never a big fan of either "The Beverly Hillbillies" or "Barnaby Jones," but I respected Buddy Ebsen because he was a celebrity who not only raced sailboats, he won races. I ran into him (almost literally) at the San Diego Yacht Club after an Ensenada race, and all I remember is thinking, "Hey, he's tall!" Interesting note: Buddy would have been the Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz" if the aluminum makeup hadn't put him in the hospital.

Farewell, Buddy.

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Seen at a beach party in Pleasanton on Wednesday, July 2, 2003.A picture named kiss_our_apps.jpg

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