Ben Langhinrichs

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Tue 31 Jul 2007, 11:57 PM
My older son, about whom I have written before, but much less than about my daughter because he doesn't much like attention, turned seventeen today.  For him, it meant he got a holiday from working for Dad, and for me it meant a day of having to accept how much I like it more when he is working with me.  It helps that we have a really incredible project to work on together, but it is also a great opportunity to get to know him better, and to see what he is turning into and how he is developing.  All I can say is that I am very, very proud of him, and that no matter how hard it is to face his growing up (notice it took me until a few minutes before midnight to write this), I can't believe how well he is turning out.

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Tue 31 Jul 2007, 10:55 AM
Yes, the results are out for the 2007 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, celebrating the worst and most convoluted opening sentence to a nonexistent novel.  And the winner is:
"Gerald began -- but was interrupted by a piercing whistle which cost him ten percent of his hearing permanently, as it did everyone else in a ten-mile radius of the eruption, not that it mattered much because for them 'permanently' meant the next ten minutes or so until buried by searing lava or suffocated by choking ash -- to pee."
although there are lots more great entries to choose from, including:
"The tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife, not even a sharp knife, but a dull one from that set of cheap knives you received as a wedding gift in a faux wooden block; the one you told yourself you'd replace, but in the end, forgot about because your husband ran off with another man, that kind of knife."
and my favorite short entry:
"Danny, the little Grizzly cub, frolicked in the tall grass on this sunny Spring morning, his mother keeping a watchful eye as she chewed on a piece of a hiker they had encountered the day before."
Ahh, to write so badly!  It is inspiring. 

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Fri 27 Jul 2007, 11:11 AM
With Notes/Domino 8.0 general availability coming closer and closer, it seemed about time to start the Domino 8 limits page, or rather to add a Domino Limits page for R5 and ND6 (both now officially unsupported), and modify the existing Domino Limits page to encompass ND6.5/7.x and 8.x.  I started by just copying information over from Notes 7 and adding a few productivity editor limits at the bottom, but I will spend some time updating any official limits which I find have changed.  Please do let me know if you see anything which I have not recorded properly, or which does not match the official documentation.  This is a collaborative effort, and a living document, so it will change as new information emerges.

See the Domino Limits page for ND6.5x/7.x/8.x.

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Tue 24 Jul 2007, 12:27 PM
Rocky suggested this, and I am glad to know I don't sound like what I am not...

What American accent do you have? (Best version so far)

Midland

("Midland" is not necessarily the same thing as "Midwest") The default, lowest-common-denominator American accent that newscasters try to imitate. Since it's a neutral accent, just because you have a Midland accent doesn't mean you're from the Midland.

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Sat 21 Jul 2007, 09:34 PM
Harry Potter - Book 7At last, we come to the end of the series, and it has been a glorious ride.  My kids have been just the right ages, ever since my daughter at 11 enjoyed the first book (we actually borrowed a book from England before it came to the U.S., because a librarian friend recommended it) and my older son, who shares a birthday with Harry and J.K. Rowling, read the first Harry Potter book when he was five,  until this latest which my younger son, now 11 himself, also enjoyed.  Our whole family has been immersed in the books, with me one of the biggest fans.

One recommendation if you have just bought the 7th book but have not started it.  You will enjoy it more if you reread Book 6 first, if you have not read it recently, or only read it once just after it was released.  My son and I independently read all six of the earlier books before getting this one, and it was a much richer experience, in my opinion.  But however you read it, do read it.  An excellent book, and one I am sure I will reread many times in the future.  Thank you, J.K. Rowling, for sharing your most excellent adventure with us all.







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Thu 19 Jul 2007, 12:11 PM
I had to laugh at Patrick Montavon's quote in the Notes 6 & 7 Forum:
RichText in Notes is pure evil, but it has its good sides too.
You certainly won't find me disagreeing with that sentiment.

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