Sunday, 9 September 2007

How a web browser works

Holy Chicken Necks!

Dave Hyatt, of WebKit fame, has posted some excellent articles on how a web browser actually works behind the scenes on things like floats, positioning and more, at webkit.org. The code gymnastics that a properly rendering browser has to perform for implementing complex CSS has always been “magic” to me. Dave gives us a peek behind the curtain of the magic show that is Safari.

I don’t following the WebKit blog enough so I just caught the posts, but I love this kind of stuff.

Posted by caffeinated at 1:46 PM in nerdery

It is like playing roulette with the devil and a fully loaded gun

No, not really.

But I caught a title surfing the digital cable channels yesterday that was evocative of such a thought: that as a player of Dungeons and Dragons I was going to “lose touch with reality, enter an inescapable cult of lost children, at any moment ready to slit my wrists at the emotional loss of a ‘dead’ player character.” That’s quoted, not because it is a quote, but because it is the thought left by Rona Jaffe’s Mazes and Monsters in the minds of so many viewers and readers of that, now, pulp fiction.

I didn’t get to watch it, so I bought it! On Amazon.

The made-for-TV movie stars a very young Tom Hanks that loses the, apparently tenuous, connection with reality playing Mazes and Monsters. M&M is depicted as a D&D like game, only the player’s game master has kicked it up a notch by introducing a LARP element to the player's regular sessions. At least that’s how I remember it.

There is little doubt that the MSM loves a good story about innocence lost at the hands of demonic cults, unfortunately it is not the true story that M&M is loosely based on, the story of James Dallas Egbert III.

I won’t repeat what is told so well here and here. Instead, I’ll just laugh; to myself at the hysteria engine of the MSM and to the more laughable idea that I’m on a path to hell because of my hobby.

Posted by caffeinated at 1:32 PM in d10
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