Monthly Archives: March 2007

idea:schema2class using breve and metaclass

I’m sorry this renders so poorly. WordPress won’t let me use CSS, so I’m stuck, until I get a proper site of my own. Try either or to see it better. “”” An experiment using breve xml library, and metaclass. Author: Ben West Email: bewest at gmail blog: I hang out on […]

reminiscing: pdq bach and serpents

I started whistling the “O Serpent” song today, and felt compelled to inform my roommates of all the information I had on it. In researching, I came across Doug Yeo’s site, and his PDQ Bach web page. I started reading, expecting general information about serpents and PDQ Bach, but it was mostly about a specific […]

ec2 is nifty

I saw this really neat ec2 setup to balance load across an ec2 vpn connected to a real “master”.

microformats: process discussion: search results as evidence

Before creating a microformat, the process demands a couple of concrete actions to be taken first. The general idea is to document current authorship techniques. If current techniques make it possible to encode a piece of information, there is no need for a microformat. Thus, we set ourselves up to make it difficult to create […]

implementing email over atom pub

It would be kind of neat to refactor email into a web style system which conforms to atom publishing protocol. POP3 could be a type of store. When a user wants to check their email, their email client software could ask the atom server “GET /email/messages?start=yesterday%20afternoon&count=100“. The server would respond with a list of members […]

bad amazon recommendations

Anyone know if/how I can tell amazon to never show me microsoft products, among other things?

atom pub, gdata, and one way to improve amazon+alexa

Has anyone tried using Amazon’s “RESTful” webservices? I’ve had many headaches using them. If I’m using PHP, I like to use nuSOAP to access SOAP services, because PHP’s facilities for XML (at least in version 4) are terrible. nuSOAP seems to have interop issues with some of Alexa’s/Amazon’s webservices, so that’s a pretty big turn […]

improving HTML

The W3C has restructured some working groups in the Interaction Domain. The new HTML working group is co-chaired by Dan Connolly of W3/MIT and Chris Wilson from Microsoft. Both WHATWG and W3C are pursuing an improvement in HTML while simultaneously adding new features. My reading of charts seems to indicate the following: WHATWG is focusing […]

issue 42

I chuckled a bit at issue 42 over at the TAG.

s-expression templating in python

I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect templating module. When I was much younger, primarily doing PHP, I quickly saw that string concatenation and variable interpolation were not good solutions when trying to author lots of complex documents. I did some searching, and found Smarty, which satisfied my needs at that time. Over the […]