November 15th, 2006


XML ftw!1!!

XML for-the-win, is right!

Has anyone ever tried coding an XHTML page with XML/XSLT?
It's actually really fun! Or perhaps I am just really geeky! To begin, you need two pages: the .xml file and the .xsl file. The .xml page contains tagged/structured data and a reference to the XSL Transform. The .xsl is what contains the html layout coding and indications of which data from the .xml you want displayed. So technically, nothing on the .xml is shown directly from the .xml page - it is all taken into the .xsl and then displayed as a regular webpage. I am not sure whether it is the layout, the coding, the structuring, or the toying with instructions that excites me, but I had way to much fun getting my test page to work!

Organizing data with artistic design makes for just my kind of work.

Now I must research Iceland. Err, or I must listen to the sermon on I Samuel. Or, I should sit back and enjoy the last of my tea and Vast CD music. Mmmm why have I been so awake since 5:00pm? Is it the xml or the tasty gorditas I had from Taco Bell for lunch?

Oh, and the cookies from my church have been so tasty! Also, my American Braille slate & paper have arrived, but I have not had time the past 2 days to get them. I will have to do that tomorrow before I start on my yucky homework :p (Hollom is hiding from the non-xml homework.)

And on a random note, at the library today I was ordered to search for flight itineraries. Cool! I am now familiar with the codes for the various Washington airports and the associated airlines. I also submitted a travel expense statement. Finally, there were three students sleeping on the two couches and chair outside my office space from 9:00-12:00. I kinda felt bad for them, even though my supervisor tries to kick them out :p Especially the one sleeping all curled up on the chair. He was wearing pennyloafers and glasses, too! Aww...poor sleepy students...

It's been a super week!
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When I grow up, I want to be...

Well, I know what I want to be when I grow up! Finally!

An information architect.

I couldn't find an entry on that in the Occupational Outlook Handbook :p
Information architects are the people who design, organize, and structure data, especially the digital-online kind. They are like the catalogers of the future who get to play with web-pages! ^__^ Some of their jobs could be: digital collections production and management; online guides, tutorials, and resources; library web-page design and implementation; etc.
I am now trying to adjust my schedule for this new direction in my MLS study. I am also eating pocky and feeling pretty excited! However, I do not feel inspired to do my homework... I want to do xml homework, but I don't have any of that. I do have: bibliography compilation, literature reviews, and reference research of statistics, however...

*waits to hear back from advisor so as to change spring 2007 schedule*

How times change - with respect to leaders

How times change, with respect to leaders.

I was thinking back on the end of I Samuel. After King Saul and his sons fell in battle and their bodies were dragged off and hung on the walls of the the Philistine city Beth Shan.

Now King Saul was not the greatest guy ever. He spent a lot of time trying to kill the young man David, even when David came on command to play music to soothe the king's headaches. I mean, how many kings will toss a spear at you when you did nothing to them except slay the king's enemies and serve the king faithfully all the days of your life?...
Well, even if the king had his problems, his people, defeated terribly in the battle, banded together and went to take back his body to bury it. It was the way of the culture.

The way of culture today is to ridicule our leaders and belittle them every chance we get. I look at these American magazines and it is disgusting. I don't care what kind of person the leader is -- if that person is a leader, there are certain levels of respect that are due to that position. You may not like it, but there is a nature of authority that should not be denied. Did Israel shrug and leave Saul, the leader who led them into defeat, rot on the enemy wall? No...

There's just some kind of intense faithfulness that I sense in the old stories that I can't find anymore.

Maybe it has to do with individualism. Everybody out to make a person for themselves and thus with no need to identify with a leader. Yeah, being an individual is important - it's a gift and we should cherish it! Freedom should be appreciated. But, is there any sense of that collective faithfulness left?

I dunno, that's me rambling.
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