I got some surprises when I checked my incoming links tonight.
Yes, that Matz. Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, the creator of the Ruby programming language. If you’re a programmer, or just have aspirations in that direction, give Ruby a shot if you haven’t already — it gets OOP substantially more “right” than any other language I’ve played with. Just take the hints from my bit about OOP and the death of modularity for how not to do your object oriented programming along with you while you learn the language.
Of course, Matz’s comments are in Japanese and, while I did study it in college and watch a heck of a lot of anime, I still can’t really read the language. As far as I can tell, Matz thinks I have a new perspective on something related to how OOP, modularity, and Microsoft Windows relate to each other, but for all I know he could have panned my post pretty severely. Maybe he thinks I’m a dimwit that doesn’t know anything. As long as I don’t know exactly what he said, though, I can at least pretend it’s glowing praise. Coming from Matz, glowing praise is really very flattering. I feel good about myself.
In other news, Sterling linked to me from Chip’s Quips in one of his link roundups. In particular, he directs readers to sake-drunk ramble about introversion and blogging. Surprisingly, there were only two typos that I needed to fix later when I was sober.
In the same link post, he referred to the fact that Randy Morin apparently sold R|Mail to NBC. When you sell your startup (or “hobby”, if you like) to a huge corporation, I think that means you’ve hit the big time. Congratulations are due Randy.
In the post just before that “Chipping the Web” link roundup, Sterling discussed his son’s improved FBI warning for movies. Perhaps coincidentally (since the MPAA is largely behind those FBI warnings on movies), Jack Valenti died this week. He was the president of the MPAA for about 38 years, until he retired in 2004. He presided over the MPAA’s efforts in support of the DMCA and other tragedies of copyright law. So, he’s dead. I wish I could honestly say I’m sorry to see him go — but I can’t.
I think I had something else to say, too, but I’ve run dry.
(edit: There was a typo in the year of Valenti’s retirement.)