Surgery Redux

I’ve decided to really get my money’s worth out of my various insurances, because I spent the morning in oral surgery and still a bit foggy from the gas and sedatives, and pain pills.

There must be an unwritten contract for surgeons in St. Louis, because the oral surgeon was just as nice as the surgeon that removed my gall bladder. However, I think I’ve about had a surfeit of nice surgeons, as well as lab x-rays and broken bones, surgery, pain pills and various other things.

Life, just because I now have insurance, doesn’t mean you you have to dump all those things you’ve been saving up on me all at once.

Still, everything that’s been treated is taken care of, never to return. My health is great, my blood pressure has never been better. Damme, kick my tires, I got miles to go, babies.


Semantic web extreme goodness

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

I had to add a whole new category just to reference these two resources.

First, an excellent summary of the recent semantic web discussions, annotated even, can be found at Themes and Metaphors in the Semantic Web. Thanks to Chris for pointing it out or I would have missed it.

What I like about it is the way it personalizes the discussion, which can’t help but make it more ‘meaningful’, pun not intended. Comments are here.

Secondly, a new weblogger has joined the semantic web effort at a blog called Big Fractal Tangle. Timothy Falconer is off to a good start with:


Before the Semantic Web can come close to delivering on its promise, we need to find ways to convince non-technical types into wanting to think abstractly. Academics, developers, and businessfolk are unusually organized compared to “the rest of us,” which is why this may be hard to see at first. Hell, forget annotation. We’ve got to find compelling and obvious reasons for them to want to use metadata.


Saying that the web will never be more intelligent than it is today is the height of arrogance. This is no different than saying that because we can’t create it today, or today’s dreamers can’t dream it today, or it can’t be touched and has no physical manifestations today, it can never happen. If we believed this in other science, we not only wouldn’t be on the moon, we wouldn’t be on this continent.

Having said this, however, the only way we’re going to convince grandma or Uncle Joe to use meta-data is for us to listen to what they want and need and then give it to them, slipping meta-data in through the seams. May not win a Nobel, but may give us the semantic web.


Unix Power Tools in Japanese

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

The Unix Power Tools 3rd edition book I helped organize and co-author for O’Reilly was just published in Japanese, in a form of writing I believe is called Kanji but I’m not an expert in Japanese.


Previously, I’ve had books published in Russian (Dynamic HTML) and Spanish as well as Portuguese and I believe German (Developing ASP Components), but this is the first book in Japanese, and I’m very pleased with it.


Japanese writing is so very pretty, but it’s most fascinating seeing the mix of English and Japanese when a phrase is incountered that has no Kanji equivalent. Technical books must play absolute havoc in this regard.

My appreciations to the O’Reilly office in Japan for sending me my own copy of the book.