still pretty low-key, but i guess that's their style. doesn't necessarily mean it's a good style tho -- simplicity isn't always a virtue, especially when it could be confused with secrecy or disinterest. i don't know if that's really what's going on, but it does demonstrate a lack of prioritization on evangelism and platform education at Google. personally i think that's a huge mistake on their part.
Microsoft may not be the model for web-based developer evangelism
(actually i'd say Yahoo's doing the best job right now), but there's
certainly a lot to be learned from previous approaches. Ballmer might
appear comically fanatical above, but at least in terms of focus &
emphasis they got it right.
(and btw, if anyone @ Google would like to discuss further & tell me why i'm off-base lemme know. often wrong but hardly ever in doubt... and my first 5 minutes are free.)
one of my favorite childhood stories and inspirations comes alive tomorrow on the silver screen. i hope the movie fulfills at least some of the storytelling potential found in the book.
looking back, there is probably a fair amount of religious allegory in the book that i don't exactly buy into (& didn't really understand when i first read the chronicles of narnia as a child)... a likely by-product of Lewis' uptight christian british white boy upbringing and beliefs.
still, that doesn't take much away from the magic & wonder that sweeps over me when i think about the world inside The Wardrobe. of all the authored worlds of fantasy and science fiction, even LOTR, Star Wars, Star Trek, and others, this one always had the most appeal to me growing up.
and why not? isn't life a lot more interesting in a world where magic has great meaning, where you are a prince or princess, with fantastical creatures all around, and a powerful talking lion befriends you & helps save the world against the forces of evil?