Dreaming of markup

Volume 9, Issue 82; 21 Aug 2006; last modified 08 Oct 2010

XML: Shakespearean or just surreal?

I had intended to work this into my essay on Extreme, but forgot to do so. One night, the power went out in the hotel. When it returned, the digital clock at my bedside began to blink. The blinking woke me up and, as consciousness crept over me, I realized that I had been dreaming.

In the context of my dream, I had just said to someone (I have no idea who), with complete sincerity:

The identity transform, for me, is like A Midsummer Night's Dream with that talking green potato.

What, if anything, it means is left as an excercise to the reader.


"The elements be kind to thee, and make thy spirits all of comfort!"

Anthony and Cleopatra, III ii

—Posted by Bob DuCharme on 21 Aug 2006 @ 12:13 UTC #

Markup is not markup,
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the identity transform to remove,
O no! it is the ever-fixed markup,
That looks on pipelines and is never shaken,
Even by Norm's Green Potatoes.

-- with eXtreme apolologies to Billy The Shake (http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/363.html)

—Posted by Sean McGrath on 21 Aug 2006 @ 01:53 UTC #