It's amazing what a few days of thought will do for you. John Gruber completely nails the "Dashboard ripped of Konfabulator" meme. As in, "nails the coffin shut". Dashboard grows on ideas from many people over the past 25 years, and Konfabulator isn't all that novel.
If you have ever lived in or near Boston, this should make you laugh and cry. They are going to stop the commuter trains and the freeway during the Democratic convention. Boy, that'll make the people happy that their city spent so much money trying to get the convention to come there. And I'm sure the press coverage will be so positive about what a nice town it is, except that the locals all hate the convention...
I get mail on a monthly basis saying something to the effect of "Hey, Paul, it's been a long time; remember me from FroggleBort?" and I realize that they mean someotherPaulHoffman. It turns out that "Paul" is a very popular surname to go with "Hoffman". We Paul Hoffmans usually end up saying hi to each other over email; once, I met another Paul Hoffman in my kitchen.
So, it might be a bit lame to review a play that you can't see until next year, but I'm still buzzing from yesterday's performance. Every year, the Mount Madonna School puts on the Ramayana, the classic and epic Indian story about devotion, karma, duty, and strength. Oddly, I've never gone, but I fixed that yesterday. Short summary: everyone in the Monterey bay area should see this at least once in their lives.
How to make it sound silly: it's a school play about morality, and it costs $25 for tickets. Some of the actors are in first grade. It's a story that nearly no one in the US has read, much less heard of.
What it really is: one of the best-produced plays you will see outside of professional theater. The costumes are more elaborate than most "real" productions. The wide variety of musical styles (from traditional Indian to funk) fit together with the story. The little kids playing the forest creatures in one scene are awwww-inspiring. The high school kids in the main roles are incredibly talented, with some amazing singing voices. They actually cover the epic in a bit less than four hours with a reasonable sense of pace and importance. The kids really do learn useful moral values while prepping for the play.
It's only one weekend a year, but if you live in the 831 area code (and possibly in 408) and like good theater, remember to look out for the production next year around this time.