25 Apr 2018

So. I’m starting over.

This weblog is my space to ramble on in bursts longer than 140 characters. The opinions are my own. If you’d like to follow along, you can subscribe to one or more of several feeds. Or just click the links below, that works too. So does searching.

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My initials, randomly. From Design for Needle Work by M. Zahoor-Ul-Haq at antiquepatternlibrary(dot)org.
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It's Saturday morning, and I'm feeling rebellious.

Recent posts

Tee Vee, 11 Mar 2018
In Home Reno, Entertainment, Television, Roku, NetFlix, Amazon Prime, RaspberryPi, iPad

When I moved to Austin, I didn’t bring a television. And, honestly, I’ve never missed it, but after five years, I’ve succumbed to the lure of the televisual feast.

One more thing…, 10 Mar 2018
In XML, XProc, XSLT, DocBook

A few notes about using the DocBook stylesheets without Gradle and on catalogs in jar files.

Make it easy to use, 05 Mar 2018 (updated 10 Mar 2018)
In Gradle, Groovy, XML, XSLT, DocBook

Very few things are easy to use in absolute terms, but relative improvements can have value as well. Relatively speaking, I think I’ve made processing DocBook documents easier.

XForms, 20 Feb 2018 (updated 10 Mar 2018)
In XML, XForms

A casual exploration of XForms with a little help from my friends.

Fit for a Maharaja, 04 Feb 2018
In Food, Events

A short post about an annual charity event, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

Publishing photographs, 31 Jan 2018
In Activities, Interests, Photography, Self Reference

A story of duct tape, bailing wire, chewing gum, string, rubber bands, superglue, twist ties, blu tack, and assorted other odds and ends.

XML Calabash & Saxon 9.8, 25 Jan 2018
In XProc

Making XML Calabash (1.1!) work with Saxon 9.8.

Not ready for me, 23 Jan 2018
In Reviews

My attempt to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10.1 did not go well.

Your seat cushion is floatable, 14 Jan 2018
In Activities, Interests, Travel

So, I listen to passenger safety announcements on airplanes.

Still digging, 02 Jan 2018
In Self Reference

Escaping from walled gardens will require investing time and energy in cultivating gardens of our own. I’m still doing a little digging., 27 Dec 2017
In Self Reference

Trying to escape from walled gardens to get back the web we wanted.

½, 27 Nov 2017
In Self Reference

Half my life.

Vibration detection, 18 Nov 2017 (updated 04 Feb 2018)
In RaspberryPi

My first “hardware” project in a long time combines a sensor and a Raspberry Pi and a web service. As one does.

Random musings on non-XML pipelines, 31 Oct 2017
In XProc

More than 140 (or even 280) characters about pipelines in text or graphs.

R.I.P. microwave, 10 Jul 2017
In Self Reference, Technology

Eight years is probably a pretty good run for a bit of commodity hardware.

My worst typo, 02 Jul 2017
In Activities, Interests, Programming


Amazing, 20 Jun 2017
In Activities, Interests, Programming

Maze drawing algorithms are really neat.

I’m Irish, 15 Jun 2017 (updated 16 Jun 2017)
In Irish

It didn’t take sixteen months, but it did require a bit of genealogical digging. The official notification has arrived, I am Irish.

“Lucy”, 15 Jun 2017
In Activities, Interests, Music

And now for something completely different. <Cue the organ music.>

Namespaces in JSON?, 24 May 2017

More than 140 characters about property names in JSON.

You can talk to me, 05 May 2017
In Self Reference

It was a 1.0 software release. I knew something wasn't going to work. It was comments.

So. There., 03 May 2017
In Balisage 2017, MarkLogic World 2017, XML London 2017, Self Reference, XProc

Disengage the cloaking device. Publish the links. Let’s go live with this thing!

Not Evernote, 08 Mar 2017
In Self Reference, Technology

It’s really useful to have a place to store all the electronic bits and bobs that cross your desk. Useful enough, in my case at least, to roll my own.

I’m British, 07 Mar 2017
In Nationality, British

It took 16 months (and nearly fifty years), but on Friday I became British.

Design notes, 01 Mar 2017
In Self Reference

A few notes on the design of So…

README, 01 Mar 2017 (updated 24 May 2017)
In Self Reference

A quick bit of documentation for my markup conventions.

Phoning it in, 01 Mar 2017
In Self Reference

Easier authoring is one of the advantages of this new weblog.

How?, 01 Mar 2017 (updated 05 May 2017)
In Self Reference

You did what now?

Hello, World, 01 Mar 2017
In Self Reference

The canonical starting place.

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