A friend just sent me a link to RFC 1925, The Twelve Networking Truths. Although it is one of the humorous April 1st RFCs (in this case by Ross Callon of the Internet Order of Old Farts), it is also full of genuine truths.

Although I don't follow the really popular bloggers to any great extent, I had come across Mark Pilgrim because of his columns at, and I knew he had a blog that was fairly popular. What I didn't know until a couple of days ago is that Dive Into Mark contains a number of things that are funny, but also full of genuine truths.

If you're drinking coffee just now, I suggest you put it down somewhere safe. Then read Mark's essay on "why specs matter", which he starts off with the statement that most developers are morons, and the rest are assholes. True, true. If you've had a really bad day in the standards mines, find relief for your grief in the short but pointed "Unicode Normalization Form C". Funny; but also so, so true.

[2012-02-24 Removed direct links to Mark Pilgrim's blog, due to his disappearance from the internet.]