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Derek K. Miller
Vancouver, Canada
Derek K. Miller, a writer, editor, web guy, drummer, and dad in Vancouver, Canada
Interests: words, music, comment, photography, family, geekery, cancer
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I've posted some longer discussion over at my blog, focused on Movable Type (since that's what I run), but also talking about this acquisition more generally: http://www.penmachine.com/2010/09/six-apart-say-media-movable-type
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I've had stage 4 metastatic cancer for three years now. I've been facing death in my cancer foxhole every day, and if anything, my situation has reinforced my naturalistic view of the world, since it forced me to think about it more.
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As I said on Twitter, the last sentence made me cry. I've been nil by mouth (or NPO, as the nurses call it here in Canada) for a few days in hospital. Living the rest of my life like that is hard to imagine.
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2010 on Eating & dining at Stupidfool.org
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In some typefaces, the en-dash is actually shorter than the hyphen, which I find annoying. In any context, the difference between them is pretty subtle. Most people, of course, have no idea there's any difference at all. However, I also think many people find em-dashes unconsciously comforting when they're used properly—and they are used much more often than they were decades ago, now that the semicolon is falling out of fashion for looking too stuffy. My suspicion on Apple's motive is that the difference between a hyphen and an em-dash is obvious enough on the iPhone keyboard if people encounter it, but that putting in an en-dash too would simply be confusing for users who aren't type nerds.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2009 on The em and en of iPhone 3.0 at iPhone J.D.
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Let's see -- the newest computer in our house is over three years old, and the one that runs our iTunes library is about eight. My digital camera is a Nikon D50 that was discontinued in 2006, while one of the lenses I use with it is 20 years old. (I also have a Nikon F4 film camera that's the same age.) My "new" mobile phone is two years old. My iPod Touch is first-gen, and my wife's iPod is from 2005. Our cars are five and eight. The digital piano is six. We still own nothing but CRT televisions, and my stereo receiver is from 1993. Now, when does using last year's model start turning into digital Luddite-ism?
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There's another issue with women who succeed in male-dominated fields by being "gender blind" and expecting that of others: they are accepting that the male-dominated ways of doing business in that field are the correct ones. In race relations, that might be called "passing," i.e. making yourself not what you are (i.e. acting more "male") in order to fit in and succeed. That's probably inevitable for pioneering women. But ideally, as Sarah notes, women should bring their own perspectives and approaches, and *change* the field as they succeed in it. Indeed: those changes should happen anytime businesses or other organizations diversify. I recall an episode of "The West Wing" where the (black) top general walked in on a debate about gays in the military. He recalled when African Americans were integrated into the armed forces: "They said it would change the [individual army] unit. They were right, it did change the unit. But the unit got over it."
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