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- Subject: First post of 2008? (Look! Brand new subject! Reassuringly off-topic!)
- From: Duck <duck@...>
- Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 18:53:51 +1100 (EST)
Completely changing the subject as a (hopefully distractive) distraction.
Roberto asks who will produce the first post of 2008...
...are we allowed to stay up until midnight in our own timezone and claim
credit for a post in that TZ? This gives people from Tonga, Kiribati, NZ,
Aus and the like some sort of advantage. (Samoans have no chance.)
Or are we going to standardise on UTC (and let's be kind and treat GMT as
equivalent for the purposes of this experiment) and just try to be closest
PS: For Christmas I got a brand new road map of Sydney -- NEW! (it says)
2008 EDITION -- to replace my 2001 version, which, though it's getting a
bit dog-eared, and doesn't know about all the pesky new toll roads,
tunnels, changed intersections, buildings and sports grounds with new
sponsors' names, etc., of the past few years, is still perfectly
What I want from my road map is that it should tell me about roads _which
already exist_, with the names _they have now_, so I can navigate _today_.
I'm NOT particularly interested in knowing the route which the
Chatswood-to-Epping rail link will take, because it's already years
overdue, I can't use it until it opens, and probably won't need to use it
often even then, but I DO want to know what George Street turns into once
you get past Central Station (Regent Street, I think), and whether you can
still turn right at the Glasgow Arms (sadly, the map doesn't say).
Why is it that in IT, roadmaps seem always to be imaginary pathways to
things which _don't_ exist yet, and may never do so (or may exist but
never be released, or be released and then bought out by someone else),
whereas road maps are, well...just maps showing you which roads actually
go where? In my mind, the Light Blue Book and the Dark Blue Book act as
Lua's road maps because they tell me the things I need to know today.
I don't need or want to be waiting with bated breath for Lua 5.2 or 6.0.
Lua's not like a car, which will rust out, or like a PC, which will seem
old-fashioned in three years, or like a lease, which will need
renegotiating and renewing every so often.
PPS: Guess it wasn't such a brand new subject after all. Happy New Year.