Five short links

Photo by Francisco Nogueira

History of the English language – I knew the general outlines already, but there’s some fascinating details in here, especially the example of how the Lord’s Prayer would have been written at different times. The 1000 AD sample is unintelligible, but by 1384 it’s hard but readable. It also led me to discover that Illinois had a law on the books until the 1960s that the official language was American, not English. Makes sense to me.

CC San Francisco Salon – This looks like a stellar line-up of data folks for an informal discussion around openness in a data-driven world. I’m disappointed I can’t make it since I’m out of the country, but I’ll be checking out the video record of the event.

DataDay Austin – Texas has a cluster of cutting-edge data companies, and they’ve lined up an impressive day of training and talks. Folks from Infochimps, Google, 80legs and more will be there.

DataSets, Redistributable Data Sets – Delicious is still an essential tool for easily sharing resources, and I’m thankful that Julian and Peter are publishing their finds.

AsciiDoc – Why didn’t somebody tell me about this before? It’s an elegant little tool for taking the plain-text conventions we all use when creating READMEs, and formalizing them into a markup language that can be used to create everything from HTML to PDF and epub documents. I’ve been using Pages or Word to build books, and the boiler-plate formatting work was so time-consuming. This has made my latest project a breeze.

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