Author: Vladimir Nabokov
I randomly picked up a collection of shorts by Vladimir Nabokov, this one. Just as randomly I selected a story, "A Russian Beauty".
This is one the most amazing shorts I've ever read. It's really quite incredible; it paints a rich, vivid picture of this lady's life …More
I got some comment spam. Great.
I was about to setup a captcha, but stumbled across lr2spam. This is obnoxiously easy to install, so I'm giving it a go. Please post a comment here if you run into any problems posting comments.More
Subbu Allamaraju makes an excellent point: there is no such thing as SOAP over JMS. It simply doesn't make sense.
JMS is a set of APIs. It is not a transport or a protocol. You can implement JMS on any kind of transport; I could use messenger pigeons or smoke …More
I'm sitting here in the hotel room, flipping channels, too tired to do any real work. I run across these free lectures from Harvard, and two minutes later I'm listening to a presentation on Evolutionary Dynamics. Nice. I see there's quite a bit more out there; here's MIT's contribution, and …More
"What do you think about the whole SOAP vs. REST thing?". I hate this question, but it comes up all the time. Who cares? It's all just XML over HTTP*. I don't care about SOAP vs. REST.
My traditional answer has been: REST is great for simpler projects where the …More
Check it out: http://norman.walsh.name/2005/03/12/nsdl .
I like it a lot. Specifying the parameters via XPath statements is dead on. The POST body as template is also excellent, although I'm not crazy about the syntax. How do you feel about expressing the input parameters as …More
Debugging Web services seems to be a black art, entirely related to your knowledge of the arcane details of your SOAP toolkit. Here's one approach I've found useful:
A SOAP call is just XML over HTTP. All you have to do is capture the XML sent by the SOAP client …More
I watched Ondskan (Evil).
Decent movie, fairly juvenile. It pushes all the buttons to build the tension, the hatred of the mean mean bad guys. The hero is so noble, so cute, such a good boy really. It's one of those experiences where you find yourself rooting for the good …More
Each time you use Amazon it assembles a better profile of your tastes, your habits, your likes and dislikes. Why should they own your profile? I propose you publish your likes and dislikes via a simple XML format (RSS? Atom?), and we build collaborative filtering tools to help you find …More
I just watched The Machinist. Interesting movie. The most striking thing, almost an extra character in the movie, is Christian Bale's emacited body. He starved himself for this role, achieving an incredible, disturbing skeleton state that had me distracted for the first ten minutes.
The movie is ok. I had …More
I just saw Kung Fu Hustle . This is quite possibly the best movie ever made.
Ok, so maybe I exaggerate a little. But this is an excellent movie. Laugh out loud funny, and I'm not much of a laugher. Btw, Wachowski brothers, this is how a fight scene with one …More
So I've started this blog. But before I commit any more of my precious thoughts into this medium, let me step back and be one with the blog. Let me complain.
I'm using WordPress, which is really quite nice. But, …
You see, my thoughts, if you hadn't noticed, are not …More
I hate XML namespaces. I strongly dislike them.
I will rant about this in detail in the future, as if there hasn't been enough vitriol on this topic already. But let me present my current problem:
gsoap is returning this:
<soap-ENV:Envelope xmlns:SOAP-ENV="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope …
I bought a Creative Nomad Muvo MP3 Player a little while back. I love this thing; it's exactly what I wanted.
Before buying that, I tried a Lexar MPC-231 JumpGear, which is basically a cap for a USB memory stick that turns it into an MP3 player. I wasn't happy …More
The blog was down due to power being shut down (because of the fires) for a while. The server was back on but not responding. Turns out I still had the Ubuntu 5 CD in the drive from when I installed it! Impressive that it'd been running that long without …More