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  • From: mark hu <mark@fintrack.com>
  • To: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>,Joshua Allen <joshuaa@microsoft.com>, 'Anthony Channing' <AnthonyC@101Ltd.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 16:52:24 -0400

very, very impressive piece - I read 3 times in a row, and there's just one
thing I can't fully agree with you - I guess Bill Gates is a bit more like
Odysseus than any other rolls, did I get this right ??

mark hu
646-872-7341 (cell phone)
"Breath, Open Up Eyes and Think"
----- Original Message -----
From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) <clbullar@ingr.com>
To: Joshua Allen <joshuaa@microsoft.com>; 'Anthony Channing'
Cc: <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2000 1:41 PM
Subject: RE: XML, MicroSoft, Torquemada and Comics (was RE: XML in .NET -
morethan just SOAP?)

> Knowing a barrage of "stop this" posts will follow:
> Karellan hid behind a screen that would not
> let the negotiator see him until the negotiator
> obtained a device to pierce the screen.  Then
> he understood why Karellan's race would not
> move among the humans. Somewhere deep
> in their race memory or genetic code, this
> shape was the shape of the light bringer which
> they had learned to associate with the
> end of the world, the race of lucifer.
> When childhood's end came and they evolved
> into the next higher form, they
> did not fear Karellan who now moved among
> them openly as through many generations of
> careful guidance, they had learned to leave such
> superstitions behind.
> Yet as the humans evolved into the next
> form, Karellan made note to himself some
> aspect of the humans that he wanted to
> report to his masters for use in the eternal
> task of understanding the hidden motives
> of the one whose purposes remained forever hidden
> to them yet whom they willingly served and
> bided their time for without that understanding,
> they could not evolve.
> Prometheus, a Titan, did not think it wise
> to keep fire from the mortals.  The children
> of Zeus understood the mortals would evolve
> past a need for them and wanted to keep that
> from happening for as long as possible.  Being
> a Titan without a need for worship, Prometheus
> did not care.  He knew the mortals were the
> future and one brave act was left to his own
> race.
> Brave Odysseus was a man who wanted more
> than any other thing to go home from the senseless
> war that had taken the lives of the best, the
> strongest, the most valiant of his land.
> Along the way, both titan and god tried to
> stop him, but such was his desire and commitment,
> even the powers of immortals could not change his
> self-chosen destiny.
> Fear of the future is the siren that begs one
> to yield to death.  Tie yourself to the mast
> and listen if you must, but do not abandon ship.
> When Microsoft became one of the first and foremost
> of the titans to support markup, it may or may
> not have fully understood what such support
> would do its product lines.  It did know that
> such evolution was inevitable and irresistable
> and decided that it would be better to go
> forward than to simply stand on the sidelines
> and carp. Those that did know what it would
> do have patiently waited to see the next
> form.
> Better bad XHTML than good RTF.  Patience.
> len
> http://fly.hiwaay.net/~cbullard/lensongs.ram
> Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
> Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
> From: Joshua Allen [mailto:joshuaa@microsoft.com]
> Don't trust the people with hooves.  Did you ever read "Childhood's End"
> Arthur C. Clarke?  Reminds me of another story, though.  Some guy named
> Prometheus, who took the technology of the elite and gave it to the
> When he "bundled" fire, though, without requiring anything in return from
> the humans, that was one step too far..


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