17 Mar 2003 dyork   » (Master)

Aura of unreality - This morning seemed rather strange... I felt like I was walking around the office disconnected to the reality of life. Very strange.

Group calendaring - pphaneuf: I have no connection whatsoever to JiCal - it was just brought to my attention. (So you may be crushing someone... but it won't be me! ;-) Your analysis was interesting and I look forward to learning more about your product!

Wiki - Spent some time exploring Wiki-land today. Returned to the DocBook Wiki after some time away and saw that much has changed. Also explored the PythonInfo Wiki. And of course WikiPedia. Quite an amazing amount of knowledge entered into all the zillion Wiki sites out there.

Also find it interesting the whole concept of the InterWiki framework. If you think about it, it's really like an alternative URL mechanism. It's a natural way to solve the problem that would arise as more and more Wikis evolved. Just interesting to see the solution. And of course there are then search engines like MetaWiki that would naturally evolve to search all the wikis... interesting indeed. (Especially when I found that Advogato Project pages show up in the MetaWiki search results!)

One issue, I have, though, with Wikis in general is that there are so many Wiki engines, each of which seems to have taken its own path in implementing the Wiki text formatting rules. It's not actually bad that there are all the differences on one level... I mean, would we have gotten as far as we have if people weren't always trying to build a better mousetrap? But for a user, it means that with each new Wiki you go to, you have to visit the local TextFormattingRules page to see what flavor of the language this particular Wiki uses. Perhaps over time the various strands will converge toward a common language - or at least a few that are very similar. I mean, to be fair, none of them are difficult to learn... it would just be nice if you didn't have to re-orient your brain with each different site you go to.

I will admit that I am intrigued by the idea of having a Wiki on my Palm for organizing things. Don't know that I'm intrigued enough to actually install one (such as MegaWiki, but it's an interesting idea.

Only the Good Die Young - This date always reminds me of the first death I really felt connected to.... a friend who I had grew up with in the town I lived in and was in our church and a theatre group I was involved with. Her boyfriend was one of my close friends. She was on her way to work when she was killed by a drunk driver. She was only 17. We were all in our senior year of high school. Even today, almost 20 years later, the memory is still vivid and this day is always touched with the sadness of that time long ago.

Pen turning - Finally got the micro-lathe set up on the weekend and turned my first set of wood blanks down into actual barrels for a pen. After the sanding and polishing, the resulting pen came out looking quite cool. Working with wood like this and making actual physical products is a nice change from all the computer work that occupies the rest of my life (and that I also enjoy doing).

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