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心?疲れ??るん??

March 31, 2006

I've been evaluating the differences and relative merits of Ruby on Rails, Trails, Hibernate, Tapestry, Eclipse, Netbeans 5, Glassfish, Geronimo, etc.,etc., for some time now and boy am I tired! A man could drown in confusion in the sea of jargon and alphabet soup acronyms I've been inundated in over the last few weeks – POJO, SOA, OAS, O/R mappings, persistence, yada, yada, yada …
The Java world is drowning in so much mind-numbing and obviously needless complexity that it's no wonder Ruby on Rails seems to taking developers by storm; one shouldn't have to work this hard to build web sites.

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An Unpleasant Emotion

October 31, 2005

I’m currently almost midway through “Tokyo Love Story”, having watched episode 5, and the experience brings back so many memories from my early youth that I can’t help feeling glad that I’ve grown immune to romantic infatuations over the years: romantic love is a deeply irrational and upsetting thing, a monster with a raging appetite which is not easily satisfied and a cruel streak which wreaks vengeance upon whoever is struck with it should the madness not be fully reciprocated on the other side. When Lord Tennyson said it was “better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”, he must either have been indulging in poetic license, or else he was far from well acquainted with the emotion about which he was writing: what is certain either way is that he cannot possibly have had romantic love in mind when he crafted those words.

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A Moment in Time, Captured

October 31, 2005

There is something about an especially moving acting performance that stays with you, haunts you, long after the initial encounter, especially when delivered by a young and attractive actress. It is as if you were let into a big secret, made privy to some private moment when this person was at her peak both in skill and in physical vigor. Perhaps it is the awareness of the transience of it all that haunts you, especially when you realize that the captivating, carefree young thing you’ve been watching on the screen is now probably a respectable matron in her own right, a pillar of her community with all her youthful foolishness behind her; it reminds you of your own passing youth, which try as you might slowly slips between your fingers. Time is a pitiless taskmaster, but at least the object of your admiration will enjoy immortality of a sort in the hearts of all those who see her – what will you have?

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Salvete, Amici! E Ku Abo! ??????

October 30, 2005

Hmm, now that I have this WordPress hosted blog, I’m not so sure what I ought to do with it; I’ve certainly no intention on abandoning my main digs at TypePad just yet, if only because of the likely cost in lost PageRank. Still, it will be nice to have a backup alternative in case Six Apart takes its eye off the ball again service-wise in the future.

Actually, having thought about the matter for a bit, I think it would be best to leave this weblog as a place for my more personal reflections, meaning no commentary on politics, economics, current affairs, international relations or any other topics along similar lines, just a place for me to put up my boring reflections on life in general. I don’t expect this blog to ever garner a large audience, but such a prospect is just fine by me, and I’m certainly not going to put myself out trying to promote the site.

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