RDF Writing

And now, a little RDF

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

The Practical RDF book rolls off the assembly line this week and I need to provide some support for it, including re-awakening the Practical RDF weblog and writing some articles for O’Reilly.

No time for a vacation – I have a book to sell.

This last week was a bitch of a week from a personal relationship point of view. As a reaction I can either turn off and go silent, sitting in a virtual darkness, sulking. Or I can tune in and do something constructive.

Constructive it is.

Besides, no time for tears — I have a book to sell.


Give peace a chance

In the last few weeks, there’s been a great deal of hostility in some of the weblogging neighborhoods. Other discussions have become heated, but most of those have been about politics and the (what was then) upcoming war in Iraq.

(It seems more fitting – if you’re going to get hostile, do it over something that really does matter in the long run. Argue and yell and stamp your feet and scream at each other because of war or because freedoms are being denied – not because of technology.)

It’s funny but we all say, “Why do we do this? Tsk, look at us squabbling. I grow so tired of this” – and then we proceed to link to these instances of bad behavior and make comments, and totally ignore pretty things. Like my moon pictures.

Here I go and post my first photos of the moon, which I thought were rather cool, and I had some fun with Photoshop, especially the ‘paired’ moon shot, but does this get notice? Only by a few people with, I dare say, exquisite taste. Everyone else was too busy elbowing themselves out of the way to respond to my post on the current fooflah of the moment. Including me.

(Uhm, I hasten to add: responses appreciated! Especially thoughtful ones! You all know what I mean. Don’t hate me.)

Doh! No wonder the same old fooflah continues, week after week. The only way to get attention around here is to pick a fight or join one in progress! The more petty the arguments, the more childish the name calling, the better. If we could find way to digitalize spitballs, we’d be using them, too.

No-no-no-no, I don’t blog it no more
I’m tired of waking up on the floor.

All I’m saying is, can’t we give peace a chance? Towards that intent, this week’s weblog reading and writing and participation is focused on:

  • sharing personal interests (writing, technology, politcs, philosophy, religion, poetry, photos, humor, critters, the outdoors, family and friends)
  • intelligent and civil discussions
  • undebatable cuteness

Here’s a start. And another. Here’s Bb as Legos. And good advice.

And one more chance for the moon pics. Next week I’m going back to water, trees, and reflections. Hmmph.



Ready for prime time

A while back, Marc Cantor talked about RDF, saying:

“I’ve been spending more and more time trying to grok the RDF folks. I have to say I like what I see and hear – but what I DON’T see are many apps and services actually up and running and working.

We have a saying over here: “put up or shut up”. I’m still looking for two different RDF apps or services to work together in some meaningful way. THEN bring on the books.”

Since I’m “…bringing on a book”, my first article for O’Reilly is going to be titled RDF: Ready for Prime Time, featuring a host, a veritable host of applications and APIs – all based on RDF and RDF/XML.

(Yes, Danny – I’m talking about Ideagraph in the article…)

I’ll post a link to the article when it’s online.

RDF Writing

Book due out this week

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

The Practical RDF Book should roll off the publication lines this week, and I’m re-awakening this weblog to provide support for it.

Besides – there’s a lot of good stuff happening with RDF lately. Time to start playing again.