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#161: ASCII Salad Bar

July 24th, 2021 · 111 minutes

Exploring Italian food, celebrating markup languages, and (finally) beginning to tackle the topic of college.

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Links and Show Notes

(Recorded on Tuesday, July 13, 2021)


Setext - Wikipedia

Setext (Structure Enhanced Text)[1] is a lightweight markup language used to format plain text documents such as e-newsletters, Usenet postings, and e-mails.

TidBITS announces its move to Setext

"Welcome to TidBITS-100 and our new setext format!"

(January 6, 1992)

Little Original Joe's
How to make a decent Italian hero at home - YouTube
Dean Allen - Wikipedia
Daring Fireball: Dean Allen

"Every few months, though, it would occur to me that I dearly missed Textism, and I’d think to write Dean and tell him so — and to tell him that his offhand compliment in 2003 was still something I thought about all the time."

Daring Fireball: Introducing Markdown

"I’ve written a text-to-HTML formatting tool called Markdown, which is now available for download."

Dean Cameron Allen

"It is with unspeakable sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Dean Cameron Allen, on January 13, 2018 at the age of 51….His absence is unfathomable. We miss him with every breath."


Archive of the late Dean Allen's lovely website, ca. 2001.

Markdown reference links
Fleetwood Mac - "Tusk" - YouTube
E-mail addresses it would be really annoying to give out over the phone - McSweeney’s
Illuminion: Infocom - classic text adventures

"A venerable old trophy case stands in a corner. You curiously open the lid and peek inside."

Inside Job (2010) - YouTube

"'Inside Job' is a 2010 American documentary film, directed by Charles Ferguson, about the late 2000s financial crisis."