April 2002 Archives

XML R�sum�

The XML R�sum� Library is an XML and XSL based system for marking up, adding metadata to, and formatting r�sum�s and curricula vitae.


jsJabber is a three step Jabber client written in Javascript. The three steps are: - socket, a module that allows the browser to create a socket connection with a server - Jabber lib, a module that exposes methods and events very similar to JabberCom.

Carrie Gallery

Carrie Fisher gallery on retroCRUSH.

Open Letter to Dr. Laura

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a US radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance.

The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a US resident and posted on the Internet. It is funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them.

  1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord. (Lev. 1:9) The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
  2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
  3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness. (Lev. 15:19-24) The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
  4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
  5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
  6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?
  7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
  8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
  9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
  10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev. 24:10-16) Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted and adoring fan ...

[via one of those emails that get passed around all over the place]

Marketing 101: SmallCo

Kitten Band

Python For Games

Python for Massively Multiplayer Virtual Worlds, if you are reading engel maybe Python is the way to go for the game idea.


Everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler"
Albert Einstein
[found at Pyui Home Page]

Star Wars Encyclopedia

Why Swing Sucks

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The "Real" Reason Swing Is Slow
Memory allocation and de-allocation are the most time consuming operations for computers regardless of the language you are using.
[ via hack the planet]

Friday Five: Hobbies

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  1. What are your hobbies? Pencil and paper Role Playing Games, most recently the Star Wars RPG from the 80's.
  2. Do you collect anything? Used to collect books and RPG stuff. Now just download it all.
  3. Is there a hobby you're interested in, but just don't have the time/money to do? I have always wanted tp play the guitar but never really pursued it.
  4. Have you ever turned a hobby into a moneymaking opportunity? Well all my playing with puters has certianly helped in the job market.
  5. Besides web-related stuff (burbs, rings, etc.), what clubs do you belong to? Currently don't belong to any clubs. Used to back in the high school and college days.
the friday five

Jabber World Map

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Jabber Wereldkaart
This is the jabber presence world map. The bulbs represents someone's presence
Pretty cool, wonder how well it will scale for thousands of users.

Dead End IT

Intresting comment in the Is Programming a Dead End Job?
Real money always has been, and probably always will be, in starting a business and skimming off the top of other workers. Once you can pay other people less than you can get for their work, you have escaped the limit, and your "job" is no longer a dead-end.
Aside from the comment I and many of my former coworkers seem to be going through some of the same wonderings about working in the tech industry. Hell, even arcterex is looking becomming a Mountie. But to put it all into prespective there are people in the world that feel their best carear choice is becomming a bomb. Maybe being an IT worker isn't such a bad gig.

Parrot 5

It was the dawning of the second age of parrotkind, ten weeks after the great GC war. The Parrot Project was a dream given form. Its goal: To prevent language wars by creating an interpreter where perl and other languages could reside peacefully... It can be a dangerous place, but it's our last best hope for peace. This is the story of the latest of the Parrot releases. The year is 2002. The name of the tarfile is Parrot 0.0.5.
For all of the Babylon 5 and Perl crowd out there.

Mars, the Filan Frontier

New Mars "A Journal of the Martian Frontier," lots of good articles, images and such.

Charles Schultz Philosophy


You don't actually have to take the quiz. Just read the email straight through, and you'll get the point (an awesome one) that it is trying to make!

Take this quiz:

  1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
  3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
  4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
  5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
  6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten.

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

  1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
  2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
  3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
  4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
  5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
  6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.


The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.

They are the ones that care.

Pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life.>/p>

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia."

Charles Schulz
[via an email from my first grade teacher]

Ya'll Join In Now, Here

The Internet is for Everyone

This document expresses the Internet Society's ideology that the Internet really is for everyone. However, it will only be such if we make it so.

[via scritping news]

Perl Meet SVG

Server-Side SVG Generation using perl and the SVG module

SVG and perl are a perfect fit for the generation of dynamic content-rich images. Perl-based SVG webservices with the SVG.pm module emable truly scalable, cross-platform, database-enabled client-server applications with low total cost of ownership

[via Some Pure-perl SVG applications]

Newbies to OSX Blog

Forwarding Address: OSX

Migrators to Apple's new operating systems talk about their experiences. Some of them come from Classic MacOS, some from Windows, and some from other Unixen.

Now if I could only join the crowd, damm that iMac and iBook at London Drugs looked soo good.

Perl Window Manager

Perltop: Desktop environment

Perltop is a project to make a Unix desktop comparable to the user interface aspects of gnome and kde, using gtk/perl. The HCI of Perltop is modelled on the MacOS 9 finder.

Need to give it a try. Good basic concepts.
[via genehack]

Constitutional Security

1. Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of statement are guaranteed. 2. No censorship shall be maintained, nor shall the secrecy of any means of communication be violated.
Article 21, Constitution of Japan [in translation, of course.]


If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
Albert Einstein


The web version of my resume has been updated. Any job offers would be appreciated, looking to work in the British Columbia Lower Mainland or the Seattle area, many years of Perl and web experience. Job related contact, lauerbm@netscape.net.

Pocket Camera

Me so want Cubik Digital Camera or something with the feature set
  • size of keychain
  • mega pizel
  • 50 pics
  • $169 US
[via evhead]

Google Outliner Browser

Welcome to the GoogleBrowse and star with fozbaca.org.

First WebPage

webpager says: A message was sent to you from Dee containing the text; -- well you said to try it, so I thought I would.... hi!!!!!
That I did. So it works and at least one person gave it a try. Could make for an intresting way to post to blog or something. Will have to think and maybe write some code to give it a try.


An experiment, send me a Jabber message with the bellow form, service provided by JabberBuddy WebPager.
From Subject Jabber Powered

Path to Enlightenment

Noble Eightfold Path

Right Understanding
Right Thought
Right Speech
Right Action
Right Livelihood
Right Effort
Right Mindfulness
Right Concentration

Description of Buddhism

The Snelling Sutra

What is Buddhism About?
Basically the question is: How can you achieve release from suffering? The Buddha found that there are certain steps that can be taken. Buddhism therefore offers its followers things that they can do rather than things for them to believe.
When people are meditating, they are not frantically caught up in all the pictures and thoughts that are milling about in their heads. Rather, they are peacefully allowing these to settle down. They do not, however, allow their minds to go blank. In fact, they stay very alert and watch everything that comes into their minds.

Joel Picks a Ship Date

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Picking a Ship Date, lots of good advice
So my basic rule for software release cycles is:
  1. Set a ship date, which might as well be arbitrary
  2. Make a list of features and sort them out by priority
  3. Cut low-priority features every time you slip so as to make the date.
This is just a great aside, and I can attest to the validity of the statement.
"How are you building the site now?" I asked.

"Oh, we just do it all manually with BBEdit," they told me. "Sure, there are thousands of pages, but BBEdit has a really good global-find-and-replace function..."

Site Search

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Decided to finally put a search up. Using mt-serach for now. There is still some more work on the templates but let me know what ya'll think.

Jeferson on Pattents

That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.
Thomas Jefferson [via scripting news]

One for the Designs

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Friday Five: TV Questions

  1. What's your favorite TV show and why? Babylon 5, because it told one awesome story.
  2. Who is your favorite television star? Alan Alda, all because of M*A*S*H.
  3. What was your favorite TV show as a child? Really depends on how much of a child. First was Starblazers around 6-7, then around 8 it was M*A*S*H then before hishschool it was Robotech.
  4. What show do you think should have been cancelled by now? X-Files, years ago
  5. What new show do you hope escapes the axe this season? Futurama, it has already been canceled but one can hope.
the friday five

Neutered. KaZaA

Kazaalite.com with links to the latest spyware removed KaZaA.

SVG as a GUI

SVGUI is Graphical User Interface framework written for SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) using ECMAScript. This project is currently in the design phase.
One of the uses of SVG I have been looking forward to using as a development tool.

Heteros Like Watching Lesbian Sex

The Truth about Lesbian Sex
Turns out that het women are turned on by it almost as much as lesbians, whereas if you show men having sex, gay men respond but straight men emphatically don't.
Now an even more intresting question is why? Is it cultural or biological? And maybe the old joke is more truth than fiction, "all women are two drinks for a lesbian relationship" or something like that.

Debbian iBook

Installing Debian 3.0 onto an Apple iBook ...without using any physical media!

Applescript Web Publishing System

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AWPS is a template-based webpage rendering system [1]; basically a framework into which you add your own code, templates and data, and let it do all the hard work of putting these together. The control logic (standard AppleScript) is kept completely separate to the html templates, making design and editing a snap.
One more reason to get a Mac, after I get a job.

Blind Date

Codename: BlindDateBlog
An equal number of guys and girls are on a weblog. Every round, they are asked personal questions about themselves and relationships and interact with each other on the weblog. And every round the public will vote for the contestants that should stay an extra round -- the guy and the girl with the least amount of votes get eliminated.

Python Introduction

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition a Python tutorial over on kuro5hin.org, which is something on my to study list while finding a new job and deciding where to live.


A little experiment in Blogrolling

Team For Hire

Thanks iambe, for the FOR HIRE: EXTREME CODING TEAM mention. In all seriousness if there is anyone out there looking for a team that works well together and has made lots of cool shit in the past drop a line.

Should I Stay Or Should I Go


It is probably not the case but right now it feels like the most stressful time of my life. The big question, "Should I stay or should I go?" and the more time pases the more it feels like I have no choice in the matter. Oh, and the problem with going is the "being nibbled to death by ducks", as Londo would say it, by the border in trying to get everything back to the states and setup somewhere else. More thinking and deciding in my future.

But if you are looking to hire a Perl dude for work in the British Columbia Lower Mainland or Seattle area, or leads, let me know fozbaca@yahoo.com.

Just a quick update

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Posting this from a cosik in the Middle Beach Lodge a few klicks from Tifono BC on Vancover Island. It is pretty expensive, and my time is almost up, but howdy all. Vancover Island is one awesome place to get away from it.

Friday Five: Routines

  1. What are the first things that you do in the morning to start your day? Wake up? No real ritual other than a cup of coffee when I get a chance.
  2. What are the last things that you do at night before going to bed? Brush teeth, brush hair guess that is about it.
  3. What daily routine have you recently added to your day? Job search
  4. What routine do you wish you get rid of? Not having to job search
  5. What's the one thing that makes you feel like something is missing if you don't do it some point within your day? Go back to sleep.
friday five Answers would have been different if I was still smoking. Lots of the day's happenings were effected by the cancer sticks.

Appoitments in Jabber

jabber reminder
reminder is a miniature scheduling and notification server module. You can set events that you would like to be reminded of, along with a time for the notification, and if you are online when the time comes around, Jabber will send you a message to let you know.
Yet some more intresting posiabilities. Especiallyf or follks who like doing things through instant messaging other than text messages.

Jabber Shell

jabber telnet

telnet provides a telnet-based command line interface to a Jabber server. Users can log in with a telnet client, and issue simple commands to send and receive messages and presence.

Kinda along the lines of something engel and I were talking about yesterday. Think of the posiability of using Jabber as a command line? Send a message to copy a file. Has some potential, maybe.

Thanks To All

Thanks to all for the well wishes sent digitally and in person.

Kudos to mithrandir for keeping the tradition alive, it is still my b-day in my timezone. Ya'll rock.



Happy Birthday to me. 30 years and still kicking.

I'd like to say some thing pithy and retrospective but right now I'm dead tired so this might be a little lame.

When I was young I expected to be married with kids by now, but have neither. Wouldn't have guessed that I would be living on the west coast in Canada and sporting long hair.

Strange how life ends up being unexpected.

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