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Das eez kaput! Sometime around 2002 I spaced the entire database table that mapped individual entries to categories. Such is life. What follows is a random sampling of entries that were associated with the category. Over time, the entries will be updated and then it will be even more confusing. Wander around, though, it's still a fun way to find stuff.

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My Canada XIncludes RDF

Assuming all the boring namespace setup, consider the following chunk of RDF to describe a person and their phone numbers:

<rdf:Description rdf:about = "x-urn:aaronstraupcope:knows:who:~foobar">
 <rdf:type rdf:resource = "http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/Person" />
 <vcard:TEL>
  <rdf:Bag>
   <rdf:li rdf:parseType = "Resource">
    <rdf:type rdf:resource="http://www.w3.org/2001/vcard-rdf/3.0#home"/>
    <dc:identifier rdf:resource = \
       "x-urn:aaronstraupcope:knows:phone-number:~123.456.7890" />
   </rdf:li>
  </rdf:Bag>
 </vcard:TEL>
</rdf:Description>

Similarly, consider a second chunk of RDF to describe an organization and it's phone numbers:

<!-- observant readers will note that this is not really
     a list of phone numbers and that if it was the
     code used to query it (below) would fail. but that's
     just syntax and doesn't change the fundamental point -->

<rdf:Description rdf:about = "x-urn:aaronstraupcope:knows:who:~workplace">
 <rdf:type rdf:resource = "http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/Org" />
 <vcard:TEL rdf:parseType = "Resource">
  <rdf:type rdf:resource="http://www.w3.org/2001/vcard-rdf/3.0#work"/>
  <dc:identifier rdf:resource = \
     "x-urn:aaronstraupcope:knows:phone-number:~555.555.1212" />
 </vcard:TEL>
</rdf:Description>

So, if it's known that :~foobar works at :~workplace it stands to reason that there's no reason to write the same thing twice. Rather, the correct approach would be to reference the latter's work phone number in the former's work phone definition.

There doesn't appear to any way to do this RDF; specifically to reference a discreet subset of another resource's properties. I was able to find a proposal descrbing a fragment identifier syntax [in] RDF but it is only a proposal and already three years old.

More importantly, my own needs for this kind of data involve being able to process it with XSLT. No, I haven't had a sudden change of heart about RDF/XML, but judicious use of xsl:template match = "..." has made it suck just a little less.

Enter XInclude. The following is valid RDF that doesn't really help you connect the dots in a directed graph context but since you can't do that anyway, it doesn't cost you anything either. On the other hand it makes managing, and rendering, disparate but related pieces of data easier.

<rdf:li rdf:parseType = "Resource">
 <xi:include xi:href  = "x-urn:aaronstraupcope:knows:who:~workplace"
             xi:xpointer = "xmlns(r=http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#) \
                            xmlns(f=http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/)xpointer(*// \
                            r:Description/r:type[@r:resource= \
                            'http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/Org']/following-sibling::* \
                            [name()='vcard:TEL']/r:type[@r:resource= \
                            'http://www.w3.org/2001/vcard-rdf/3.0#work']/parent::*/ \
                            child::*)" />

 <!-- I am still trying to figure out why IsaViz spazzes out
      when I add a xi:fallback directive -->

</rdf:li>

You may want to poke your eyes out after looking at that for too long but, then, nothing's for free and it's the kind of hairiness that could fairly easily be hidden by a GUI client. It goes without saying that the query itself could be optimized.

If, like me, you are using URNs as URIs you'll need to add corresponding rewriteSystem entries in your catalog.xml file so that the XInclude processor is able to resolve the path to the resource you're pointing to.

<rewriteSystem systemIdStartString="x-urn:aaronstraupcope:knows:who:~"
                   rewritePrefix="file:///path/to/you/know/who/" />

Later: the following fixes the bugs described above and doesn't care whether or not phone numbers are wrapped in a rdf:Bag container. It also makes sure that only telephone numbers for a specific resource are included, in case there are multiple resources defined in a single document:

<xi:include xi:href  = "x-urn:aaronstraupcope:knows:who:~workplace"
            xi:xpointer = "xmlns(a=x-urn:aaronstraupcope:knows:who:~') \
                           xmlns(r=http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#) \
                           xmlns(f=http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/) \
                           xpointer(*//r:Description[@r:about= \
                           'x-urn:aaronstraupcope:knows:who:~workplace' \
                           ]/child::*[namespace-uri()= \
                           'http://www.w3.org/2001/vcard-rdf/3.0#' \
                           and local-name()='TEL']/descendant-or-self::*/ \
                           r:type[@r:resource='http://www.w3.org/2001/vcard-rdf/ \
                           3.0#work']/parent::*/child::*)" />

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~/lib/xsl/jpegrdf/prepare.sh

I will post these stylesheets in the next day or so...

#!/bin/sh

# currently requires the saxon:distinct()
# function- I gather the xsltsl libraries
# define similar hooks but I haven't tested
# them yet

# I know this isn't how you're supposed to
# load java thingies : me.the.java.way.can.Bite()

EXEC_SAXON='javavm -jar /usr/local/share/java/classes/saxon.jar'

# XSL_EXPAND inherits : 

# /home/asc/lib/xsl/rdf/expand-resources.xsl
# base class/framework for expanding resources

# /home/asc/lib/xsl/rdf/expand-wordnet.xsl
# the rdf wordnet output is especially verbose
# so we perform some additional hoop-jumping

# /home/asc/lib/xsl/rdf/expand-asc-knows.xsl
# glue to expand x-urn:aaronstraupcope:* resources

XSL_PRUNE='/home/asc/lib/xsl/jpegrdf/prune-exif.xsl'
XSL_EXPAND='/home/asc/lib/xsl/jpegrdf/expand-resources.xsl'

# dump.rdf is the output created by 
# jpegrdf -s ~/photos/*/*/*/*.jpg

PHOTOS='/home/asc/photos'
DUMP=${PHOTOS}/dump.rdf
FINAL=${PHOTOS}/final.rdf

# see below

TMP1=${PHOTOS}/tmp1.rdf
TMP2=${PHOTOS}/tmp2.rdf
TMP3=${PHOTOS}/tmp3.rdf

# first remove all the exif properties
# except dateTime; further munge dateTime
# into a resource

${EXEC_SAXON} ${DUMP} ${XSL_PRUNE} > ${TMP1}

# do a first pass and try to expand
# all the foreign resources in the
# document - at a minimum this will
# expand x-urn:asc:knows:where# / vcard
# locality resources. think :

# <rdf:Description rdf:about = "some-picture.jpg">
#  <dc:coverage rdf:resource = "x-urn:asc:knows:where#montreal" />
# </rdf:Description>

# <rdf:Description rdf:about = "x-urn:asc:knows:where#montreal">
#  <rdf:type rdf:resource = "http://www.w3.org/2001/vcard-rdf/3.0#Locality" />
#  <dc:title>Montral</dc:title>
#  <vcard:Region rdf:resource = "x-urn:asc:knows:where#qc" />
# </rdf:Description>

# <!-- and so on -->

${EXEC_SAXON} ${TMP1} ${XSL_EXPAND} > ${TMP2}

# this is a pretty clunky approach but
# it works as a proof of concept: do another
# two passes over the output in order to
# expand vcard locality/region and then
# region/country resources.

# a better way to do this would be to create
# separate stylesheets to expand only regions
# or countries since there may be other second
# or third level resources that you don't care
# about expanding.

# at a minimum there are hooks to prevent the
# same resource from being expanded twice in 
# the output document

${EXEC_SAXON} ${TMP2} ${XSL_EXPAND} > ${TMP3}
${EXEC_SAXON} ${TMP3} ${XSL_EXPAND} > ${FINAL}

# clean up

rm ${TMP1}
rm ${TMP2}
rm ${TMP3}
     

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A few atoms short of a molecule.

I have posted an XSL stylesheet for, more or less, converting XHTML 1.1 to the Atom syndication format.

I did this because as much I find the whole Atom thing extraordinarily tiresome I find all the hand-wringing from the RSS weenies even sillier. And given a chance to piss everyone off, I often jump.

I post this only as a public service . I have zero interest in maintaining this for anyone but myself. If you want to use it as fodder for a general purpose library, please be my guest.

I haven't bothered to remove private function calls and there is no documentation. However, there are comments enough for anyone with an understanding of XSLT to follow.

Update: this post generated much more interest than I anticipated so, for the curious, some background which has absolutely nothing to do with Atom (except maybe that Atom's content model maps better to my way of doing things than any of the various RSS efforts) :

The XHTML in question uses my shiny new weblog format which I wrote as a way to store all the data for a post in a static file. All the data but no form; foofy design stuff is added after the fact using, in my case, XSL . There are reasons why I didn't choose another, perhaps more expressive, XML application which will become clear below. I still use a database because it's faster for generating things like indexes but it is not considered authoritative. That is, the database reads from the flat files and not vice versa.

(It also lets me fob off the versioning problem on CVS and worry about other things.)

The single capital-R rule I've learned farting around with increasingly complex ways of generating this site is : the only thing you can count on is the web server being able to send plain vanilla HTML files — everything else will break. The only question you have ask yourself is how much pain will it cause and how much time you want to devote to fixing the problem.

Storing everything as XHTML and wasting a couple extra computrons on XML and XPath munging may not be pretty but when everything else fails at least the content is just there .

Meanwhile, this is sound of me adding a buzzword-bingo [meta] category to list all the damn acronyms used in any given post...

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I posted version 0.99 of the “Atom to RSS” stylesheets

— and gave them a proper web page .

The version number only reflects the fact that the documentation is incomplete. Let the bug reports begin...

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I posted some XSL stylesheets for munging Atom (0.3)

— into RSS 1.0 and RSS 2.0 . At the moment there are only stylesheets for munging so-called minimal Atom feeds. I will get around to the fancier feeds, but don't hold your breath. If someone wants to take the work and run with it, please feel free to do so.

Update: Well, this proved to be a pretty trivial task. I have munged about 98% of a maximal Atom feed into RSS 1.0. I don't expect the multipart content feed or the RSS 2.0 stylesheet to be anymore complicated. I guess I will try and post all of this tomorrow morning.

Up your date: So, it's all done. Save the widget to convert a W3CDTF date string to a RFC822 date string which is making me feel, well, funky. Fortunately, someone else has already done most of the heavy lifting . Oh yeah, and some kind of kludge to deal with the fact the XSL spec seems to be seriously brain-dead when it comes to generating <![CDATA[ ]]> sections. But not tonight — there is a hockey game to watch...

Is that a date in your pocket? Steve Ball is my hero, even if the markup:cdata-section template is broken. And it goes without saying that the logic for fussing with dates in RSS 2.0 will result in bug reports. Life sucks — but often less than date processing. I will finish up some rudimentary documentation and post a tar ball this afternoon (Sunday.)

Please god, can we find something else to argue about now?

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Silly rabbit...

avenue du Mont-Royal, Montral, January 2004

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Cei n'est pas une poste.

Not much of interest has happened during the last week.

Unless you count the spat over XML error handling, which I don't. It was a controversial decision : I'm shocked! It's been borne out to be a good decision, HTML notwithstanding : Shocked, I tell you!

I briefly considered posting an open letter to television news executives imploring them to let, no force, their on-air personalities to wear toques when it's - 40 Celcius outside. If not for their sake then for the impressionable young children watching them.

A bunch of stuff got upgraded on the machine that serves as the staging server for this weblog and now the fancy-pants program that does all the heavy lifting, generating pages and indexes, is dumping core whenever the XSLT function aa:permalink() is called. I leave it as an exercise to the reader to find the Deep and Meaningfuls in that one.

I'm not overly concerned about this, right now. It will get fixed but I'm not going to turn my life upside down over it. And some pretty awful stuff has happened in the neighbourhood, recently, that helps keep things in perspective.

In the meantime, this is one of the best stories I've heard in a long time:

“You killed my girlfriend's fish. No, you made her kill her fish.”

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Me : Net::Blogger.pm 0.86_02

Fixed some minor bugs and major typos. Added missing MovableType mt API methods. This is probably it for version 0.86 but I don't have the time to finish debugging right this moment so I throw it out for the brave and reckless. see also changes; note that the HTML docs have not been updated yet.

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We saw this ad yesterday and wondered what it was supposed to mean.

Make sure you wipe your ass because you never know when someone will look up your skirt? I wipe my ass with my underwear? We're getting ready to start marketing anti-skidmark pads? Ultimately, the question it really begs is : who the fuck did they focus-group this ad with?

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I see t-shirts and posters and all manner of swag.

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Dominic Mitchell : XML::SAX::Builder.pm

You can't have a tag called DESTROY.

This could be useful for XML::RSS.

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Happy war to ya!

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The Many Date and Times of Perl

Efforts in the past to herd all the existing module authors towards a common API have failed, so rather than try that again, I decided to just write even more datetime code. As we all know, the best way to put out a fire is to pour copious amounts of gasoline on it. In order to make my project sound cool, I'm calling it the "Perl DateTime Suite", which sounds much better than "more date and time modules".

I am so with the Idea of RDF but it's never going to happen, certainly not the way people who wax poetic about it seem to imagine. RDF strikes me as the datetime problem writ large, an increasingly pendantic debate to define what the meaning of is is. By way of example, a careful reader will note that during the discussion of Daylight Savings Time in article cited no mention is made of the fact that Saskatchewan doesn't bother with the practice at all; most farmers are bit too busy for that kind of thing and who can blame them? So fine, go ahead and add another ruleset your RDF thingy but sooner or later all RDF thingies are just going to be little more than a collection of monster if/else statements (because the farmers aren't going adopt DST just to make your whiz-bang network enable font of knowledge happy. In every essay I've seen about RDF, the author say something to the effect of why is something so simple, so hard for people to understand? The answer is pretty straightforward : because, for good or ill, people are hell-bent on making it difficult. Why, if RDF is so simple, does it have all this baggage? What the hell is a Class and why do I need to care? Why, if all this nonsense, is meant for machines do people push as something that humans should feel all warm and fuzzt about? RDF is a perfectly good framework for exchanging data and describing things. Period. But please stop thinking that it is a suitable vehicle for condensing all of human experience and automating human interaction. see also : strikes me as more event-like than freebusy-like and banque de d&eacute;ppanage linguistique which, with a name like that, ought to tell you something.

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Nicole Maile : "The seduction process is what I find so interesting as a business person."

I don't know whether to laugh or cry...

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Simon Cozens: Mail::Thread.pm

This module implements something relatively close to Jamie Zawinski's mail threading algorithm, as described by http://www.jwz.org/doc/threading.html. Any deviations from the algorithm are accidental.

Maybe we've all been barking up the wrong tree with RSS and all the other syndication formats. Maybe we should just be storing everything as email messages...

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Me : eatdrinkfeelgood-1.1-to-indecard-fo.xsl 0.94

Added very simple image support while waiting for the various processors to implement the float property.

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Ars Technica : Essential Home Wireless Security Practices

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Witness, the dogs of weblogging.

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : roseate

Roseate \Ro"se*ate\, a. [Cf. L. roseus, rosatus, prepared from roses. See {Roseal}, {Rose}.] 1. Full of roses; rosy; as, roseate bowers. 2. resembling a rose in color or fragrance; esp., tinged with rose color; blooming; as, roseate beauty; her roseate lips. {Roseate tern} (Zo["o]l.), an American and European tern ({Sterna Dougalli}) whose breast is roseate in the breeding season. web1913
roseate adj : having a dusty purplish pink color; "the roseate glow of dawn" [syn: {rose}, {rosaceous}] wn

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The random pseudodictionary.com word of the day is : too hard basket case

A guy that you love to death but is too hard to get together with for reasons that are extremely annoying.
ex. Bob's a bit of a too hard basket case.

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : disconcert

Disconcert \Dis`con*cert"\, n. Want of concert; disagreement. --Sir W. Temple. web1913
disconcert v 1: cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the young man confused her" [syn: {confuse}, {flurry}, {consternate}, {put off}] 2: cause to lose one's composure [syn: {upset}, {discompose}, {untune}, {discomfit}] wn

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : sang-froid

Sang-froid \Sang`-froid"\, n. [F., cold blood.] Freedom from agitation or excitement of mind; coolness in trying circumstances; indifference; calmness. --Burke. web1913
sang-froid n : great coolness and composure under strain; "keep your cool" [syn: {aplomb}, {assuredness}, {cool}, {poise}, {self-possession}] wn

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : blandishment

Blandishment \Blan"dish*ment\, n. [Cf. OF. blandissement.] The act of blandishing; a word or act expressive of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart; soft words and artful caresses; cajolery; allurement. Cowering low with blandishment. --Milton. Attacked by royal smiles, by female blandishments. --Macaulay. web1913
blandishment n 1: flattery intended to persuade [syn: {cajolery}, {palaver}] 2: the act of urging by means of teasing or flattery [syn: {wheedling}] wn

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Karl Dubost : Show me Permalink (id)

"Ceci m'a fait penser une bookmarket qui serait trs efficace et qui permettrait tous les id d'une page contenu dans des "p". Voici c'est fait, si vous cliquez sur le lien Show me id. Vous devriez voir apparatre au dessus du paragraphe concern le nom du lien tablir."

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The random pseudodictionary.com word of the day is : zaiesque

(adj) Reminiscent of the appearance or character of Dr. Zaius from _Planet of the Apes_.
ex. Her sublime head of red hair was exotically zaiesque.

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : contravene

Contravene \Con`tra*vene"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contravened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Contravening}.] [LL. contravenire; L. contra + venire to come: cf. F. contrevenir. See {Come}.] 1. To meet in the way of opposition; to come into conflict with; to oppose; to contradict; to obstruct the operation of; to defeat. So plain a proposition . . . was not likely to be contravened. --Southey. 2. To violate; to nullify; to be inconsistent with; as, to contravene a law. Laws that place the subjects in such a state contravene the first principles of the compact of authority. --Johnson. Syn: To contradict; set aside; nullify; defeat; cross; obstruct; baffle; thwart. web1913
contravene v 1: go against, as of rules and laws; "He ran afould of the law"; "This behavior conflicts with our rules" [syn: {conflict}, {run afoul}, {infringe}] 2: deny the truth of [syn: {contradict}, {negate}] wn

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : mien

Mien \Mien\, n. [F. mine; perh. from sane source as mener to lead; cf. E. demean, menace, mine, n.] Aspect; air; manner; demeanor; carriage; bearing. Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As, to be hated, needs but to be seen. --Pope. web1913
mien n : dignified manner or conduct [syn: {bearing}, {comportment}, {presence}] wn

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boo radley : "[T]he end result is a set of packages under the Dia namespace,

chiefly Dia::UMLDiagram . The module provides a read-only interface into the layers of a Dia diagram which can be manipulated for output. Currently only class objects are supported; but this provides the functionality for generation of a skeletal module."

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Larry Wall : Apocalypse 4

"The basic underlying question is 'What exactly do those curlies mean?'"

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Kip Hampton : XML and modern CGI applications

"I was initially skeptical of CGI::XMLApplication. As a card-carrying AxKit user I've grown accustomed to its speedy mod_perl foundation, and I've gotten quite comfortable generating my dynamic database-driven XML content using AxKit's eXtensible Server Pages implementation. The reality is, though, that the luxury of a dedicated XML publishing/application server like AxKit is beyond the reach and need of many developers. There is a large gap between the "just print it" of traditional CGI scripts and the high-octane XML-centric goodness of tools like AxKit. CGI::XMLApplication fills that gap nicely."

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The dict-ified dictionary.com word of the day is pantheon

| source : web1913 | Pantheon \Pan*the"on\, n. [L. pantheon, pantheum, Gr. ? (sc. ?), fr. ? of all gods; ?, ?, all + ? a god: cf. F. panth['e]on. See {Pan-}, and {Theism}.] 1. A temple dedicated to all the gods; especially, the building so called at Rome. 2. The collective gods of a people, or a work treating of them; as, a divinity of the Greek pantheon. | source : wn | pantheon n 1: all the gods of a religion 2: a monument commemorating a nation's dead heroes 3: (ancient Greece or Rome) a temple to all the gods

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There's a cafe on the corner of Duluth and Hotel de Ville,

called Chez Jose, which is pretty much ground zero for what most anglophones in the city call the Plateau. (Convention says that the Plateau starts East of St. Denis, if you really want to know; Chez Jose is in what is generally known as the Portugese neighbourhood.) It's a nice, low-key place to go for a simple meal and coffee and they make killer fruity drinks. But they've got this 80s thing going. Hard. I don't think there has been one time I've gone, in the last year, when I haven't heard Video Killed the Radio Star played, often two or three times. I'm willing to cede enough ground to say that Tainted Love maybe proves that the 80s weren't all bad but I tend to think of that as the exception that proves the rule. Some things just shouldn't come back. People wearing sneakers that are fastened with velco straps, for instance. Please please please, just trust me when I say : you're not missing anything. Speaking of the 80s, I made the liner notes for the new Grim Skunk album.

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Movable Thoughts #13

MT builds with a handy template variable called $MTCommentAuthorLink$ with automagically tags a name with some kind of URI, if present. You can configure MT to force people to include an email address when they submit a comment which, notwithstanding the ubiquitous bob@bob.com, is understandable. You can also include an optional URI. The problem is that if you disallow anonymous comments and a user doesn't have, or doesn't include, a URL their email address gets stuck into the anchor tag. This is just bad form given the volume of spam-bots scraping the web. There are two hacks around this problem. The first is to update all your templates and change $MTAuthorCommentLink$ to $MTCommentAuthor$, but this has the side-effect of never including an author's URL which may be cause for further annoyance. The second is to alter the conditional by hand, at lines 412-414, in MT::Template::Context.pm. Neither of these options are really very satisfying, though. Rather, this should be a configurable option in the mt.cfg file; something like MTCommentsAtNoSpam. Unfortunately, none of the objects contained in the MT::Template::Context object contain instances of the MT::ConfigMgr object. In the days to come, I will submit a bugfix to pass $app->{ "cfg" } as an argument to the Context.pm constructor...

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Movable Thoughts #5-8

5) it appears that CGI parameters aren't being untainted anywhere, at all -- the reality is that this may not actually be an issue in an MT context, but it is disconcerting all the same 6) the $CGI::POST_MAX variable is not set for file uploads which means that a cgiwrap-less Movable Type can, potentially, be used as a DoS tool -- to be clear, this problem exists for any and all CGI (wrap-less) scripts; it's just that MT does it out of the box 7) MT is hard-coded to prevent you from updating an already uploaded file 8) there isn't much in the way of validation for email addresses and URIs in the comments form. Now, lest you think I'm just being an asshole and picking on people who've generously donated their time and code to the general public I assure you that I wouldn't have spent as much time as I have on MT if I didn't think it was an otherwise excellent piece of work. But some of these bugs are the kind of thing that no amount of feeping creaturitis or ease of use should ever trump. You can dress it up in a pretty package and try to make it "simple" for "average" users to setup but, and this is not directed at the clever people who've written MT, it doesn't change the simple fact that this computer stuff is hard and complicated and fraught with pitfalls. Where possible I have sent the developers possible fixes, or workarounds. Whether they care to listen to anything I have to say after everything that's been said to date remains to be seen...

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Kevin Lenzo : YAPC.pm

"contains documentation and some support code for proposing, planning, and executing a technical conference. While the specifics are relevant to a series of conferences supported by the Yet Another Society, the content may be informative for any group with an interest in promoting collaborative efforts and discussion on a focussed technical topic."

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Gregory Nickonov : "Its the same as buying a loaf of bread,

and when you find the middle isnt baked, you come back to show the baker and get put in jail."

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Jonathan Eisenzopf : XML::RSS.pm 0.97

"[adds] support for the Taxonomy module (taxo). It only works inside the channel or item elements and only supports one form of the module syntax. See the XML::RSS documentation for examples."

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The dict-ified dictionary.com word of the day is fillip

| source : web1913 | Fillip \Fil"lip\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Filliped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Filliping}.] [For filp, flip. Cf. {Flippant}.] 1. To strike with the nail of the finger, first placed against the ball of the thumb, and forced from that position with a sudden spring; to snap with the finger. ``You filip me o' the head.'' --Shak. 2. To snap; to project quickly. The use of the elastic switch to fillip small missiles with. --Tylor. | source : web1913 | Fillip \Fil"lip\, n. 1. A jerk of the finger forced suddenly from the thumb; a smart blow. 2. Something serving to rouse or excite. I take a glass of grog for a filip. --Dickens. | source : wn | fillip n : anything that tends to arouse; "his approval was an added fillip" [syn: {bonus}]

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Paul Tchistopolskii : "Let's map the Windows 3.0 entities into Zope entities

and see what is missing. Perl CGIs are like simple DOS apps, Apache mod_perl things are like tricky DOS apps. Java apps are like Macintosh apps. Native Zope Applications are of course Zope Products."

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Pat Schroeder : "We have a very serious issue with librarians.

... Politically, it's the toughest issue. Libraries have a wonderful image. That is why we are here."

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Salon : "Gibson acknowledges that the pace of change

-- and the fundamental absurdity of the change -- makes it increasingly challenging to do what he does, to imagine a future somehow off-kilter from the present. He recalls another writer sending him a note with the news that Michael Jackson had married Lisa-Marie Presley. "This makes your work harder," read the note. ... Gibson believes modern life is inseparable from mediated interpretations of that life. The Internet is well on its way to becoming the vehicle by which all media is distributed or at least somehow refracted. So Gibson's current preoccupation with "media" rather than cool hackers zipping through virtual realities makes perfect sense."

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Kip Hampton : Creating Web Utilities with XML::XPath

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Nicholas of Canberra : $bells->jingle;




my $we = new People;



my $snow = new Enviroment ( type => 'cold' );



my $sleigh = new Transport ( for => $snow );







$sleigh->puller( new Horse );



$sleigh->dash( $snow );







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     $we->ride and $we->sing( about => 'sleighing' );







$bells->jingle; $bells->jingle;



$bells->jingle while ( $we->travel );



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$bells->jingle; $bells->jingle;



$bells->jingle while ( $we->travel );



$we->set_fun( 'lots' ) while ( $we->in($sleigh) );



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Scot Hacker : "No, Be isn't getting back into the hardware business.

Rather, Aura is a "reference platform" -- a sample implementation of a networked, home-stereo MP3 recording and playback unit, meant to be adopted by OEMs and vendors who will customize, manufacture, and distribute devices to the consumer audio market. ... . Part of the magic of Aura is that it's networked, both to the world at large and to the rest of the home. As a result, it could be capable of retrieving MP3s from sources like MP3.com, or from record labels. It also could be capable of looking up inserted CDs in online music databases like the cddb, and of sending separate audio streams to various rooms in the house simultaneously. Audio could originate from standard CDs, from data CDs containing MP3 tracks, from MP3 "radio" sources like icecast or live365, or MP3s stored in the unit's own storage system."

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Kip Hampton : Using XML and Relational Databases with Perl

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mmmmm...topic maps

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Sometimes, I guess, the only thing to do

is deal with the here and now and remember that it wasn't always this way. It's the remembering that's important.

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The release of Amaya 4.0

has demonstrated that there is still some work to do in making this site truly portable. Amaya ships with some very useful features that I think all browsers should have : line numbering when you view source, an error-log and the too cool for words View Structure tool.

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Anne Kingston on the Disney Wedding Pavillion

"There is no room for irony in the Magic Kingdom. A couple will not hesitate to ask for imagery or music from a doomed love story such as Titanic (though couples outside of Disney wouldn't either) or for a glittering Wizard of Oz theme, the bride wearing ruby-red slippers and unconcerned that Oz is meant to be a facade, a fraudulent concept."

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The Big Move 2.0

has begun. Regular programming will resume sometime next week. In the meantime, I'll leave you with these three words : nineteen foot Cadillac.

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Meanwhile, the Globe and Mail discovers fan fiction

"We've tried to get Joe's vote," says Joe's MP, Hermann Bulow. "I've told him that if we bring back capital punishment, it'll be injected, not electric. But he doesn't like it. I'll keep trying though. He's the kind of nice young man we want in our party."

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Thomas Preskinnen, Flexiblity & Harmony Engineer Manager

"L'univers des start-up est compos d'un tiers d'imbciles, d'un tiers d'exploits et d'un tiers d'opportunistes. Et les Franais copient les US! Ils ne sont mme pas capables d'avoir de mauvaises ides tout seuls!"

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Diary of an Everynerd

"Hemos likes to open the window, which pisses me off because I wear contacts, and the breeze makes my eyes water, and then I can't type. I hate that."

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David Law : Self-publishing links

via indirection

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Morning Becomes Eclectic : Yo-Yo Ma

real evil g2

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NYTimes : High Tech is the Art in SF

"It's a funny situation right now, because there really isn't an N.E.A. to support experimental work, and there's so much money and activity in high technology. The question is, how do artists fit in? Nobody really has the answer."

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Parand Tony Daruger : Manipulating XML documents with Perl and other scripting languages

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Bill Joy

"How much money do you need to be able to tell the truth? It seems that the more money you have, the less courage you have, which is weird, and sad."

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Simson Garfinkel : Excuse me, are you human?

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Today, I am wrestling with my inner X

"X-Windows is the Iran-Contra of graphical user interfaces: a tragedy of political compromises, entangled alliances, marketing hype, and just plain greed. X-Windows is to memory as Ronald Reagan was to money."

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Le Devoir

"Jean Chrtien vient de fournir la clef qui ouvre toute grande la porte une dclaration unilatrale d'indpendance de la part du Qubec advenant l'chec des ngociations qui auraient lieu la suite d'un OUI un vote rfrendaire sur la souverainet." I don't happen to be terribly fond of Lucien Bouchard, but I am having a lot of trouble understanding why the federal government thinks it should be judge, jury and executioner on the issue of Quebec sovereignty.

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Virginia Postrel : Dynamism, Stasis, and Popular Culture

"From trade to immigration, medicine to financial markets, education to urban development, biotechnology to transportation, the open-ended future has become the central issue of our time. How we feel about the "out of control" future, the future that evolves through creativity, competition, and choice, is as important as the Cold War once was in defining our political categories. And both popular culture and technology are smack in the middle of these debates."

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randomcam news

Over the weekend, I did a bunch of backend stuff, most too dull to explain here. One of them was to add a script that lets people include a single random webcam on their webpage by including the following &lt;a href = "http://aaronland.net/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/asc/randomcam?function=single"&gt;url&lt;/a&gt; as the src attribute for an img tag. (If the server suddenly gets swamped, I will have to take it down, however.) I am also generating a fresh &lt;a href = "http://aaronland.net/xml/randomcam.xml"&gt;xml file&lt;/a&gt; of all the info everytime the database is updated. Much of the information is still undefined (latitude, longitude, etc.) and I will fill in the blanks as time allows; the randomcam is pretty low on the totem pole. Enjoy!

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Not very important

in the grand scheme of things, a full-sized keyboard you can fit in your pocket is still pretty cool.

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What are Web standards and why should I use them?

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The Internet : The Last Battleground of the 20th Century

from the nice man who brought us The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Intern...I mean, Galaxy. real audio.

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I think I'm going to iScream

via camworld.

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Robert Vipond : Holes in the anti-squeegee manifesto

"[They] have become living metaphors for a social reality that includes child poverty, dysfunctional families and a counterculture that openly mocks middle-class values. Understandably, many of us would rather not confront or be reminded of this reality at every intersection. But our discomfort at what they represent is a bad reason for riding squeegee kids out of town on a rail." see also : Brian Myles' La dictature de l'image.

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I had no idea that

to go over the edge with rams means to "get far too drunk".

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Web Reference : PHPhoo

How to build a Yahoo-style site using PHP and MySQL. "As Spider Man always said, with Great Power comes Great Responsibility. Put the coffee cup down, remove the cat from your lap, and concentrate. One false step here and it'll be the last time your database administrator lets you anywhere near the server, so pay attention."

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I had no idea that

America is running out of pennies. real audio.

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The Suffragists Oral History Project

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David Post

"We always look to the community to ask ourselves what is reasonable conduct. The Internet is a distinctive community of users. It has a funny name for standards of reasonable behavior -- netiquette. All law in a sense starts like this." see also :1267623 Ontario Inc. v. Nexx Online Inc.

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I had no idea that

"Mary Hart's legs have their own fibreoptic lighting setup."

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netomat

"netomat is a meta-browser that engages a different Internet - an Internet that is an intelligent application and not simply a large database of static files. netomat dialogues with the net to retrieve information that is unmediated and independent in form. With netomat, the user has a dialogue with the Internet. You can ask the net a question using natural language. netomat responds by flowing text, images and audio from the net to your screen. You respond or ask further questions or write keywords and the flow of data to your desktop is altered in response. The data is not constrained by a web page or site but free floating and independent. netomat can retrieve almost all types of data that resides on the Internet: jpegs, gifs, aiff, wav, html, xml and plain text. netomat dialogues with you as well. It memorizes your session to further enable your search and exploration of the Internet." Available for download at 17:00 EST. Requires Java.

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Benoit Aubin

"With the nationalist government facing mounting problems and revolts, and a nationalist movement organizing a "cosmopolitan" parade, you have to wonder how many more contradictions can be piled up in Quebec before something, somewhere, gives way. "

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