Monday, November 01, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
"it is useful for the system to be aware of the generic types of the links between items (dependences, for example)... without imposing any limitations." ... "Note that each link has a type ("includes" for example)..." (1989)
and later, it was made clear that link relations should be first-class - peers to the target itself - or, first-class link selection criteria:
"In this way, link relationships in HTML, and in future XML hypertext languages, should migrate to becoming first class objects." (1999)
I suppose that migration is finally upon us? RFC 5988 - Web Linking
Friday, October 08, 2010
Grace: "K. Let's do this. Daddy, go get your tools and take 'em off!"
Me: "Yes ma'am"
She then walked the bike mid-way down the street and boldly road all the way up on two wheels her first time.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
* an unfindable Roy quote
Sunday, September 19, 2010
There was Apache CouchDB well-represented with some cool presentations and hacking, some really bizarre stuff (I'm thinking Events:), and everything in between. I don't do .Net development but if I did, I'd be pretty excited to get my hands on the coolness that Glenn presented on that platform. Anyway, many thanks to Ben and Mike for all their hard work to pull this thing together... Here's everyone that made it all the way to the end:
And a HUGE thanks to all the great sponsors. They were:
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I have to say, that the secondary benefit of healthy eating might be reducing obesity, gave me a "duh!" reaction. Anyway, ridiculously interesting, you really should watch it.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Like software architecture, within organizational governance it's easy to get bogged down by stuff that just doesn't matter. This typically leads to more bureaucracy. I'm interested in thinking about applying the same architectural techniques to defining an organizational governance structure.
For starters, we'd need to think about the properties that are important to the organization. For this experiment, I'll use an organization with wide familiarity - the Apache Software Foundation. So let's define some [subset of] organizational properties that are important to the ASF:
- Participatory (Pa) - the characteristic of affording the opportunity for broad participation.
- Stability (S) - the characteristic of the organization and it's product to be viable over a long period of time.
- Protectiveness (Pr) - the characteristic of being protective of volunteers and end-users from liability.
- Frictionless (F) - the characteristic of achieving goals while minimizing friction.
- Modifiability (M) - the ease with which a change can be made to the organization and/or its products.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
In Safari, navigate to weather.gov.
Enter your zip code in the left side.
Now, scroll down and look at the bottom right, and click on "Text Only Forecast".
No go to File->Open in Dashboard...
Highlight the middle text section, and click "Add..."
That's it, that's my not-so-new tip of the day. Now, if I could only get it in a fixed-width font:)
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Article:Using DNS for REST Web Service Discovery: "Service Discovery is an essential aspect of service orientated architecture because it avoids early binding of clients to particular service instances. In this article, Jan Algermissen explains the need for discovery of RESTful services, and explains how the existing Domain Name Service (DNS) standard can be used as a widely-deployed and scalable solution. By Jan Algermissen"
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
architecture group constraining a set of services across an enterprise? For example, suppose a particular architectural style gives us 6 constraints and a specific architecture has 3 additional constraints. Those 3 constraints are, typically, hidden as implementation details but they should be highlighted and reasoned about in the same way that the style itself was.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Imagine the URLs to all resources except the static bookmark had a variable number of random numbers somewhere in the path and changed on each request. Would your client still work? Would your service's documentation still be correct?
Is it possible to answer yes to both questions and still break the hypermedia constraint?
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
This feels like a terrible idea. "Fixed URIs"... it just sounds wrong in a hypertext driven ecosystem. Must be a better way. Why couldn't this be addressed by defining good site-* link relations?
RFC 5785: Defining Well-Known URIs: "
This first piece of the discovery stack was published today as an RFC. RFC 5785 defines a registry for new well-known URIs which will provide a standard location for the host-meta document. This work started a year and a half ago as a well-known document called /site-meta, and slowly evolved into a simple registry. While this isn’t a breakthrough idea, it does codify existing behavior and hopefully encourages people to share ideas, discuss proposals, and reusing existing well-known URIs.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The new plant-incorporated protectant product, MIR162 maize, produces its own insecticidal protein within the corn plant.So, we're producing corn that is, essentially, a factory for insecticides. One has to wonder if that's the reason studies are showing negative effects of GMO corn on our kidney's, liver, and other organs.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
What is left of a longstanding Corn Belt rite - detasseling - may end for good when Monsanto brings to market what it calls its "Roundup Hybridization System" for corn.
Cornfields also will lose much of their masculinity, too.
Detasseling, for the city folks, is the removal of the golden sprigs at the top of the plant that secrete the pollen that reproduces corn. Seed producers want selective reproduction of corn rather than self-pollination, so they remove the tassels from some plants so they reproduce with pollen from other plants that have the requisite traits.
The Monsanto system, the company said, "utilizes a transgenic corn trait created by Monsanto that exhibits high tolerance to glyphosate (herbicide) in all tissues except male productive tissues."
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
"... in the three GM maize varieties that formed the basis of this investigation, new side effects linked to the consumption of these cereals were revealed, which were sex- and often dose-dependent. Effects were mostly concentrated in kidney and liver function, the two major diet detoxification organs, but in detail differed with each GM type. In addition, some effects on heart, adrenal, spleen and blood cells were also frequently noted. As there normally exists sex differences in liver and kidney metabolism, the highly statistically significant disturbances in the function of these organs, seen between male and female rats, cannot be dismissed as biologically insignificant as has been proposed by others. We therefore conclude that our data strongly suggests that these GM maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal toxicity." [conclusions]What exactly is hepatorenal toxicity? I'm not sure exactly but hepatorenal refers to the kidneys and the liver and toxicity refers to poison/toxic - doesn't sound good in any case. Turns out Greenpeace knew this two years ago though.
They modify these foods, for example, by attaching the desired DNA to a virus [you know, like E. Coli] and letting it infect and change the host. They do this for various reasons, for example, to inject pesticides into corn so that it's immune to it when they spray the crops. Sound gross? Well, you're eating it. Around 75% of processed foods in the U.S. contained GMO ingredients in 2003 according to the Grocery Manufacturers of America.
The first commercial GMO was allowed into the food supply system in 1994, now 15 short years later, they're in well over 75% of processed food. That's a lot considering the effects are only now being uncovered. As well as the study above there are links to infertility. Anecdotally, there has been a 500% increase in hospital admissions for food allergies since 1990.
Equally frustrating is the fact that farmers (e.g. Nelson Farm) are being forced to buy it and grow it by Monsanto (the former major producer of Agent Orange and DDT fame). The Roundup that "Roundup Ready Seed" is engineered to be immune to appears to be a decendant of those poisons.
What can you do?
- Watch Food, Inc.
- Write your Senator or Congress person. It might help to know if they're taking Monsanto's money before you do.