Sunday, September 28, 2008


An Encouraging Sign in the "Bailout Bill"

If you're like most people I know, you feel like we're in a "damned if we do, damned if we don't" dilemma with the Wall Street "Bailout Bill." I am philosophically opposed to bailing out people who were greedy or stupid on both ends of the financial pyramid. But this afternoon the text of the proposed bill was published (here's a link to the version hosted by the Wall Street Journal) and on the first page I saw something that made me feel good about the bill.

No, not the content - -I haven't had time to fully think about it. But based on the file name embedded in the pdf of the bill -- O:\AYO\AYO08C04.xml -- at least the people doing the publishing work for the bill are doing their best to save our tax dollars by creating the file using XML for efficient production and revision.

-Bob Glushko


I'm not AWOL - I'm pre-empted

I haven't posted to this blog in a few weeks, but I have a really good excuse this time for the dry spell. My last post here described "another course blogging experiment" in which the students in my "Information Organization" course at UC Berkeley would be posting to a new course-specific blog rather than post here, which I tried earlier this year.

This has been wildly successful - there's a real blog going on, with several posts a day. But about 1/3 of the time after reading or hearing something in the news that I would normally have written about on "Doc or Die" one of my students pre-empts me by posting to the IO course blog before I got around to posting on my blog.

So if you've been suffering withdrawal from my usually insightful posts.... just sign up for the feed for the course blog and you'll get your fill.

-Bob Glushko

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