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Linkdump for May 14th

by Rob Friesel
  • Roland Kelts, writing for The New Yorker:

    Rubin said that the first time he translated a Murakami novel, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, he phoned the author several times a day to nail word choices and correct inconsistencies. “In one scene, a character had black-framed glasses. In another, the frames were brown. I asked him: Which one is it?” I found Rubin’s anecdote revealing. The Japanese language acquires much of its beauty and strength from indirectness—or what English-speakers call vagueness, obscurity, or implied meaning. Subjects are often left unmentioned in Japanese sentences, and onomatopoeia, with vernacular sounds suggesting meaning, is a virtue often difficult if not impossible to replicate in English.

  • By Jon Brisbin, writing at the SpringSource Team Blog. See the comments section for the answers to some of the obvious questions comparing it to Vert.x.
  • Jeffrey Toobin, writing for The New Yorker:

    It’s important to review why the Tea Party groups were petitioning the I.R.S. anyway. They were seeking approval to operate under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. This would require them to be “social welfare,” not political, operations. There are significant advantages to being a 501(c)(4). These groups don’t pay taxes; they don’t have to disclose their donors—unlike traditional political organizations, such as political-action committees. In return for the tax advantage and the secrecy, the 501(c)(4) organizations must refrain from traditional partisan political activity, like endorsing candidates.

  • Mat Marquis (Filament Group) interviews Paul Irish (Google) over at A List Apart.

    We carefully gauge real-world usage of things like CSS and DOM features before deprecating anything. At Google we have a copy of the web that we run queries against, so we have a pretty OK idea of what CSS and JavaScript out there is using.

    (tagged: Blink Google Chrome )
  • Tyler Sticka, writing over at the Cloud Four blog, offers up a round-up or field guide of the styleguides, boilerplates, etc. that are out there — including a spreadsheet to organize the patterns he found.
  • Burke Holland, writing at the Kendo UI Team Blog.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night; weekend homebrewer. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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