Archive for November, 2002

Little Johnny

Friday, November 29th, 2002

Little Johnny was in his Kindergarten class when the teacher asked the children what their fathers did for a living. All the typical answers came up - fireman, policeman, salesman.

Johnny was being uncharacteristically quiet, and so the teacher asked him about his father.

“My father’s an exotic dancer in a gay cabaret and takes off all his clothes in front of other men.”

The teacher hurriedly set the other children to work on some colouring in and took little Johnny aside to ask him…

“Is that really true about your father working in a gay strip club?”

“No” said Johnny, “he really plays test cricket for England but I was too embarrassed to say.”

I’m beginning to wonder if I do want to go see the Cricket World Cup…

foafnaut offline

Thursday, November 28th, 2002

I’ve updated foafnaut so that maintaining the offline foafnaut version is easier, if you want to work on the interface independantly - feel free to download and play.

Do people need a URI?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2002

Hixie and Aaronsw are discussing RDF by email, but they’re doing it in www-archive, so we all get to learn from them. Aaron’s just said that “You represent you by giving yourself a URI”, now there’s the controversial issue about using http uri’s for representing people, which I won’t get into (but I actually think they can.). The problem I have this statement is that it a person doesn’t need a URI at all, I know 600 or so people in RDF, very few of them have uri’s, yet it doesn’t stop us doing stuff.

We can get pictures of him, or we can explore how he relates to other people with the foafnaut. So Hixie despite have never given himself a uri is perfectly well known I call him _:genid2_R1038235061790, but he doesn’t need a URI, his email address is unambigous enough, he is the person with the email address mailto:ian@hixie.ch. No more is needed, don’t risk things by giving yourself a URI, losing a single uri is much riskier than losing one of many email addresses.

running and measurements

Tuesday, November 26th, 2002

I forgot to mention in my little running update, that in the club handlicap I ran 20:55, 30 seconds better ever before. So I finally improved. I also tried measuring the course, measuring it with SVG (svg measure tool) I got 2.87 miles. Using my GPS tracklog on my bike, I got 2.94 miles, either way it’s less than the nominal 3miles, which makes my times even worse…

Mark is accessible?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2002

Mark Pilgrim got a going over from Hixie which he then implemented, however he now claims to be accessible to WAI AAA, seen as his site isn’t even readable by me, I don’t think it’s really true. Unfortunately he’s using Bobby as the arbiter of accessible, even with its recent improvements, it’s still a tool, and cannot decide if something is accessible. Mark even claims the accessibility problem is something to improve accessibility! If you specify a background colour, you must specify a colour for the foreground - including links - aswell, Mark sets the background colour white, but doesn’t bother setting the link colour. Fine if your default link colour is blue, completely useless if your default link colour is white.

The same problem was picked up Hixie, in his report on AaronSw’s weblog so no-one should have any excuse.

Running much better…

Monday, November 25th, 2002

In the month since I last wrote, my running has had something of a dramatic improvement, I have no idea why, I’ve been just as lazy as always. I ran a 10 mile race in 1:16:52, setting new pb’s on every distance above 3 miles going round, but I obviously don’t know the exact time.

I also did two cross-country races for the club, finishing 11th and 9th out of the club, and with only the first 10 to score it was kind of pointless really, but it’s fun trudging through mud and up hills and through streams purely to come almost last. The good thing being though, there were always cakes afterwards!

After these good races I was very confident going into the Oxshott 10k to set a good PB. I did it in ~49 minutes last year, so thought 46 was a good target, that would’ve been 2 minutes inside my PB. All was on course at 6k with 45:30 being a good chance, however the course arrows had been moved and it everyone went off on different routes, I used my svg whiteboard code to try and measure the route and it came up with 12.2k but I long knew it was wrong and just jogged in slowly the end, still 58:08 was not a bad time for the distance.

Oh and my London Marathon cheque was cashed so I should really start doing some proper training.

Over a month…

Monday, November 25th, 2002

Over a month since I’ve written here, that’s very naughty of me, my memory will now be shot for the month… ho hum, it’ll be like the rest of my life.