Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Dyer: six articles for 2008

Gwynne Dyer 2008 has new essays on Kenya, Thailand, the papacy, the Tata Motor Nano, the Middle East and, of course, the US.

As has been true for years, his are probably the most read pages on the net that are strictly .txt files with hard coded line wrap. Reminds me of Gopher. No feeds of course!

This year he's introduced tables (!) to hold his article links, which make it impossibly tedious to copy direct links to the set of recent articles articles.

He is a character, no doubt. All the same he's a very insightful writer. Alas the .txt format means it's tedious to quote directly from his writings.

Hmm. You don't suppose that's the point?

3 comments:

alanbooker said...

Thanks for the link to Dyer, great find! Alan

Anonymous said...

Dyer is the simply the best, and I'll even defend his ancient web page technology by saying that it's a friend of his that does it, certainly not Dyer himself.

John Gordon said...

I think it might even be a relative that does the web page.

By now I've actually grown to like it. The world has changed enought that was once crude now has a kind of spartan appeal.

No fonts. No images. Plain text on a white background. At a time when there's a (small) market for word processors that emulate the green screens of my youth Dyer's ancient technology is, astoundingly, cutting edge.