Diem Perdidi

I don’t know about you, but I find some amusement in the fact that Guy Fawkes Day fell on Election Day this year. Irony? We will know tomorrow.

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Work on Project Gutenberg is going slowly, as I have realized that, in trying to maintain the exact structure of the original eText documents, I am making the XML files much less useful than they could and should be. So the concern becomes: Is the exact replication of the original eText within XML as important as the exact replication of the original hard copy within eText format? Ultimately I would have to say no, as XML markup alters the document drastically anyway. As long as the actual text is unchanged, and the whole of the eText is contained within the XML, any markup structure may be used.

There is this thing going on called National Novel Writing Month wherein the participants try to write a (hopefully coherent) 50,000 word novel, starting at 12:01 am November 1 and ending at midnight November 30. A friend of mine is participating in the event (link goes to the work-in-progress). I was tempted to join the cause, but I am too busy catching up on all of the classic arcade games, redone here in Java .

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