inessential by Brent Simmons


Discussion group bug fixes are listed on today's Frontier News.

Here's a site that makes great use of News Items.

Each News Item is a job listing; each has a category (or department, in News Items terms). There are links to each department at the top of the home page, so you can see the job listings in each.

What I like is that, when we designed the feature, we weren't thinking about job listings. But it works, and the people doing the site recognized that and put it to good use. It's not a weblog, but that's okay, nothing says all Manila sites have to be weblogs.

Lately I've been listening to classical music (on the radio no less, so low-tech of me). I don't know that much about classical music, and don't have much in the way of preferences. (Other than a vague dislike for the Romantics, preferring older stuff like Bach or newer stuff like Bartok and Stravinsky. Whatever.)

You'll never hear me say -- Wow, what an ingenious variation on the Sonata form!

Instead, I enjoy it in a low-tech way. What I like is that the range of melodic invention is so much greater than in pop/rock/blues etc. It's constantly surprising, and a constant reminder that there isn't just one or two or 10 ways of doing things, there are thousands. So it's a mental stimulant, a way of getting the neurons to fire in ways they're not used to.

Fear and Loathing at the Ballpark.