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All this week, I have been making the same mistake. I look at the clock and think "huh, I should go to bed soon. Maybe I'll just read a chapter of Dive Into HTML5 before I go to bed."

It is generally about two hours after this that I pull myself away from whatever fascinating and specific Wikipedia or Quora article or Joel on Software blog post or whatever I am currently reading, because Dive Into HTML5 is the TV Tropes of computer manuals.

Seriously, read the chapter A Quite Biased History of HTML5 and tell me if YOU can drag yourself away from it and its links. Browser wars! Extended quotations of Marc Andreessen's emails! Snarky commentary on the methods of standards bodies!

This thing is BETTER THAN THE DINOSAUR OPERATING SYSTEMS TEXTBOOK. (This is, for the record, the highest praise I can bestow on any book about computers.) But now I've got this fear that it's going to be like it was after that month where I read all the Sarah Vowell books. I went around wanting to tell people Exciting Facts! And the response was always "oh yeah, I think I read something like that in a Sarah Vowell book once." I am totally going to be all "BROWSER WARS!" and people will be like "oh yeah, that was an awesome chapter in Dive Into HTML5."

So far, the people on twitter I've enthused at have linked me to:
This snarky Pilgrim essay on XML
This commentary on the positive things IE did in the world of browser development

Oh also the wikipedia page on BROWSER WARS! Is amazing. But you already know that because you have read the chapter above, which links to it.
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I just got back from seeing Giant Bones, and OH MY. I went in with medium-high expectations, the first act met them okay, and then the second act blew them out of the water.

You know how sometimes, in the first act, there is a gun on the mantlepiece, and you find yourself thinking, wow, they just put that gun on the mantlepiece, but this seems to be a play of short stories. How brave of them to just put that there without any intention of using it! And then in the second act everything turns out to be a metaphysical play about the nature of guns? And everything that you thought were short stories turn out to be a part of it?

It was like that. Except with STORYTELLING instead of guns.

::does dizzy cartwheel::
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(narrated Dinosaur Comics style because my inner fangirl sounds surprisingly like t-rex)

Ok, guys, I have a New Historical Obsession. And it is....

... Alexander Dumas Fils (or, as I like to call him, Little Dumas. But I will call him Dumas Fils here because that it is what everyone else calls him).

Guys, Dumas Fils fell in love with a courtesan who had consumption. And he convinced her to run away with him to the country. And then she went back to Paris because she liked her lifestyle and tragically died of consumption.

And then he wrote a book about it and now it's a romantic cliche! It's possible that he even threw money at her feet at a party and declared "I have paid for my whore."!

Bottom line is, even if the woman you love died of consumption and also was a bit of a whore, having something that actually happens to you turn into a literary cliche is kind of the best thing ever. Right?

(Her name was Marie Duplessis she had lots of famous lovers other than Dumas fils. So allow me to upgrade the previous paragraph. Even if you die of consumption and sort of get your agency taken away by being turned into a fictional character, becoming a literary cliche is still the best thing ever.)

Back story: I saw La Traviata at the San Francisco Opera yesterday and it was brilliant. People who are in the Bay Area: go see it! It was good opera, and also it was well-staged, which is in my experience not a common combination.

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