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Markup Language Purists jumping with Ice Picks

Metaphors are your Friends!

Variations on hackneyed metaphors are inspirational. Though, not always. “As subtle as a flying mallet” is evocative; “As subtle as a flying mallard” is albeit pastoral.

Stephen Mitchell participated in the Designis meme. That particular meme began with humor and sarcastic embellishments; it digressed to motivational tag-lines.


Design is Jumping on the MEME BandWagon by the aforementioned Mr. Mitchell was inspirational.

A metaphor variant!

Everyone knows,

“Standardistas running with Scissors”

Certainly. It’s been about for a while. However, we have the metaphoric rise of of the following variant,

“Markup Language Purists jumping with Ice Picks”

How true.

Sean Fraser posted this on September 19, 2006 10:17 AM.

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stephen wrote this at September 20, 2006 07:19 AM

Shucks, thanks. Normally not so speechless, your affirmation has had me smiling all day long.

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Sean Fraser wrote this at September 20, 2006 08:23 AM

Very inspirational, isn't it.

stephen wrote this at September 21, 2006 06:15 AM

In a word, yes. I will be most amused should the 'ice-pick' tag recieve the metaphoric rise you say it deserves.

Off on a tangent: With what software do you post your articles to your site? Or is it of your own design?

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Sean Fraser wrote this at September 21, 2006 09:35 AM

My programming skillsets are naught. I've got Movable Type 3.2 that's been tweaked in the source files and with various plugins. I've tried WordPress; I've demo'ed Text Pattern and Expression Engine; I've monkeyed with various others. Each has benefits and detriments with their own idiosyncracies. Oddly, even though Movable Type is lumbersome and prone to generating errant errors, I found it easier to manipulate.

It's personal preference. That's all.

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