Expresion Blend RC1

The RC1 release of Expression Blend is available here!

The download is a lot bigger than before (~25MB rather than ~10MB) which I assume is taken up by ‘Sample Pack 1’ which ships with this release.

Checkout these screen shots!

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International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, so this is one of the few occasions I’ll fill these hallowed pages with non-technical content.

If they aren’t already, add the following to your blog roll.

I Blame The Patriarchy
Shakespeare’s Sister

And just so I can keep this post vaguely on topic as well, Sarah Blow posted this on Tuesday.

An English professor wrote on the board: A woman without her man is nothing.

The class was then asked to punctuate the sentence.

The men wrote: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”
The women wrote: “A woman: without her, man is nothing.”

As this is almost certainly apocryphal I’ve modified it slightly from what Sarah posted.  This version removes the assumption that the professor must be a man.

WPF Collections & Threads

Karl seems to have a couple of good articles (here & here) on dealing with wpf collections from threads other than the UI.  Check them out.

Chris Lightfoot, 1978 – 2007

It came to my attention this morning that Chris Lightfoot – the person behind ‘writetothem’, ‘no2id‘, ‘pledgebank‘ and others – has died unexpectedly. I knew him only by his projects and others can speak more of him, but I think it appropriate that some remark is made about his contributions to increasing both the transparency of our government and the accessibility of our representatives.

Things are on hold…

I’ll not be blogging at my usual rate for the next couple of weeks for reasons that I’ll disclose at a later date.  I’ll continue to reply to comments and may submit the odd thing as and when I get the chance.  Hopefully come April I’ll be able to resume my usual tantilizing commentry.