Jon Phipps’ not-an-NSDL blog

May 15, 2007

Blogging like it’s 2003

Filed under: Personal — Jon Phipps @ 8:58 am

I have a couple of blogs that I had almost forgotten about and haven’t updated since 2003. I’m putting links here just to make it a bit easier to find them.
I’m not using the Radio Userland software anymore — it started to chew through my system resources when it was running — but they’ve been great about keeping the blog up. Radio was a great tool in its day, and maybe still is. A personal, public, secure web server on the desktop is still a pretty interesting idea.

You can also find here some stories there that I wrote in early 2002 trying to reground myself after being in NYC on 9/11. Warning: the stories are encoded in ISO-8859–1, but the pages self-identify as UTF-8 (one of the little flaws in Radio or maybe the author) so you have to change it. One of these days I’ll fix that, along with a couple of typos I just found, and also maybe post the stories somewhere else. Oh, and parts of the 9/11 story still bring tears to my eyes 5+ years later. I guess that’s a warning too.
My very first non-Userland experiment. At the time, I didn’t think much of the software or the service, so there’s only one ancient post. But I claimed it in technorati anyway. Maybe I’ll use it for something, someday.
For a brief period of time, back when I was working for NSDL Core Integration, I blogged about the NSDL on my own domain. I stopped when I left, and now the blog is lousy with comment spam. While trying to remove the spam i discovered that the version of WordPress I’m using isn’t compatible with PHP5 and my ISP kindly defaults .php to PHP5 now. Maybe I’ll fix that someday. Best I could do was turn off comments and trackbacks.


May 8, 2007

The view from 900 feet

Filed under: Personal — Jon Phipps @ 11:55 am

We have an environmentally insensitive hot tub outside in the backyard that’s surrounded on 3 sides by a ‘privacy’ fence. We also live about 4 miles from a small airport, and it’s not unusual at all to have a plane fly by at a fairly low altitude. So I didn’t pay any attention to our airspace today as I stepped out of my robe and into the hot tub, until the plane flying overhead cut his (her?) engine and circled, slowly, with my hot tub at the center of the circle. Of course I could just have been imagining that I was briefly the center of someone’s attention, but still, I looked up and waved. Then went back to watching the far more interesting barn swallows chasing each other around the yard. After completing the circle, the pilot resumed the plane’s original heading and things got quiet again.  

Sometimes there’s a lot less privacy out here in the country than there would ever be in the city.

May 7, 2007

Linux … Hell

Filed under: NSDL Registry — Jon Phipps @ 7:19 am

Alistair Miles has written a brief account of the fun he experienced installing Trac for a project. This is nicely describes my experience installing/updating packages on RHE Linux and explains in part why we don’t do it very often at the Registry.

May 4, 2007

Big projects, little time

Filed under: Personal — Jon Phipps @ 3:08 pm

This is just an observation and I certainly don’t mean to whine, but it can be pretty tough to make continuous progress on a very large project like the Registry when working half-time and half of that time is taken up with academic administrivia — writing/reading papers, conferences, grant proposals, meetings, trying to keep up with new ideas and technology.

I have nothing but admiration for anyone who manages to get something real accomplished under those circumstances. I live in somewhat constant fear that I won‘t be one of that august group.

Back to blogging

Filed under: Personal — Jon Phipps @ 3:00 pm

It’s been busy, so I haven’t been blogging. I also had some essays kicking around in my head that I just didn’t have time to write up, and so I wrote nothing. Well, the essays are still there but it’s a tad less busy so I’m going to try some small posts and see if I can get back into it.

Some of what I write will be more personal and thinking-out-loud than in the past too. So you should expect even more crap than usual.

February 7, 2007

What a great error message

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jon Phipps @ 2:00 pm

The bad news is that Google Docs & Spreadsheets has just encountered an error.

The good news is that you’ve helped us find a bug, which we are now looking into.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you

Sorry, and thanks for your help!
– The Google Docs & Spreadsheets Team
(report #Pf5rH3BMhXllRx0H)

I almost don’t mind not being able to get into my document.

December 7, 2006


Filed under: Personal — Jon Phipps @ 7:36 am

“Looking for an idiot at [pick any store/location] is like looking for a needle in a needle-stack”

That just makes me smile every time I read it..

December 4, 2006

SKOS Concept History Management – Metadata-Registry

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jon Phipps @ 6:18 pm

Several weeks ago, right after I got back from the Dublin Core 2006 meeting, I wrote up a brief outline of how I thought we could handle skos:concept change management in the context of the MetadataRegistry. It builds on the versioning discussion presented by Stuart Sutton and Joe Tennis at the DC2006 registries working group, and a gardening discussion with Alistair Miles.

In it I suggest that for each registered skos:concept we would maintain a single generic, scheme-independent ConceptClass, one or more scheme-specific ConceptInstances, and one or more ConceptInstanceHistories. I put off posting anything about this before because I was going to clean up the text a bit, and add some fancy UML diagrams and some real RDF, but heck I’m just too busy at the moment. 

I’d be very interested in some feedback.

This outlines proposed requirements for maintaining change history for Concepts.

SKOS Concept History Management – Metadata-Registry.

November 30, 2006

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