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9/09/08 / Echo

11:09 PM Biked 24 miles today, according to my cyclocomputer!  Here’s a map:

Today's journey

Speaking of maps, how is it that Google's are so much easier to use than both Yahoo!'s and Microsoft Live's?  I tried mapping this route first with Yahoo! and then with Live, and in both the format “Broadway and Arapahoe, Boulder, CO” came out unrecognized, whereas Google Maps got it right the first time, every time.

I had luck with Live this morning when I used the same convention, but it doesn’t work consistently, and Yahoo! Maps sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t (giving me an error message saying “Your request could not be processed at this time. Please try again.”).

10:38 PM It seems like just yesterday that I upgraded to WordPress 2.6.1, and already they’re out with 2.6.2.  These guys are really on top of their work.  I’d much rather have it be that I can’t keep up with them than the other way around.

10:12 PM Today at the library, as I was browsing through magazine covers, on the cover of The Paris Review I saw that the issue contains some sort of piece by or about Umberto Eco entitled The Art of Fiction.

When I read that title, my first thought was “Aren’t people tired of that whole ‘The Art of _____’?”  I remembered the infamous Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance- An Inquiry Into Values, and Milan Kundera’s The Art of the Novel (Perennial Classics), but I knew there were other titles I had heard with that phrase in them which I couldn’t remember them in that moment.

An advanced search on Amazon for “The art of” in the title field yields 257,650 results.  I’m sure somewhere I’ve encountered “The art of writing” and “The art of storytelling.”

[Later on though, after browsing through The Paris Review's website a bit more, I realized that it wasn't the interview with Eco that was titled The Art of Fiction, but that the magazine has a regular running feature titled that where they interview different writers.  For example, here's an interview with Aldous Huxley, entitled The Art of Fiction, No. 24.  Still, my point about the whole “The art of” phraseology stands as it was – not applicable to The Paris Review (because they go quite far back) but the world at large.]

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