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# Monday, November 8, 2004
Thoughts about best practices for XML comments.
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# Sunday, November 7, 2004

This is the first in a series of tips that I've found to help me speak and write better English over the years.  Simply put, learn another language.  Yep, that's right.  Sounds a bit off the mark, but I have found that learning other languages dramatically increases my understanding of my own language. 

In fact, learning other languages helps to learn other languages, especially when they're in the same language group (e.g., the so-called Romance langauges).  Some people say learning German is hard, but I think it is one of the easiest languages for an English-speaker to learn precisely because English has very strong Germanic roots.  When speaking with and listening to my wife's family (who are native German speakers), I can't tell you how many times I've been able to guess the right word or understand the meaning of a word simply because it is so like English.

So, if you've always wanted to pick up Spanish to watch Sabado Gigante, if you want to learn Latin to read medieval philosophy, or if you want to learn Gaelic so you can sing proper mouth music, just do it.  There are tons of self-teaching resources to learn other languages, even dying ones like Scottish Gaelic. 

Even if you never speak it fluently, or even if you don't pronounce it correctly, learning another language will give you a stronger grasp over your own.  I'd recommend Latin and German especially for this purpose, but French (thanks to the Normans) will also help a lot in this respect.  But again, any language will do because it will make you more aware of the structure and peculiarities of English.

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# Wednesday, November 3, 2004
A comment prompts further dialogue...
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# Tuesday, November 2, 2004
So you want to write for SuperAwesomePublishingCo, do ya? Here are a couple pointers that might help you out.
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# Monday, November 1, 2004
Just wishing everyone a happy All Saints' Day and sharing some thoughts on Halloween...
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# Wednesday, October 27, 2004

This is the official launching of my new site, dotNetTemplar.net.  My old blog will retain the stuff that was posted there, and I will likely still cross-post useful .NET-related items, but this will be my primary site and will host all content for me going forward.

I have been quite reticent in the past when it comes to posting non-.NET stuff on the weblogs.asp.net site, believe it or not.  On this site, that won't be the case.  I'll be talking about any old thing, and once v2 of the ASP.NET Forums are released, I'll likely set up a forum here for discussion of various topics not related to .NET.

That's not to say I won't be posting technical content (not by any means), but this site will be a better blend of who I am and what I do (e.g., hosting code samples, presentation slides, etc.).

In any case, I know your time is very important, and this is a standing thank you to anyone who deigns to read my musings.  I realize that sites like these are adventures in applied solipsism, so please forgive me if I occassionally wander into areas that seem only to matter to me. :)

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# Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Reflections on ease of setup of two blogging software solutions.
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