Showing posts from 2005
The 11th Australasian World Wide Web Conference2nd to 6th July, 2005 @ Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Australia
There were 3 papers in my session, with 4 presenters, the session chair and an audience of about 20 people. Mine was the second paper, I was up there for about 18 minutes or so going through my slides and demonstrating the template editor and FO output plugins. After all 3 papers, there was a general Q&A forum where all of the presenters fielded questions. One issue raised was why we had used Java so heavily rather than a pure XSLT system (XHTML and OfficeML). Someone else asked “what does the Oracle database do?” There was also some speculation about how well the Excel output would handle 3rd party XML, formatted using a custom FO template. I explained that we did not yet have a XSL 1.0 compliant implementation, and to the extent that we had not implemented all of the FO elements there would be visual discrepancies between the ideal (PDF) output and its spreadsheet equi…
Insert shameless plug for my AusWeb conference paper here ...
San Diego, I am willing to consider ... but Texas? Colorado??

American Cities That Best Fit You:

65% San Diego

60% Austin

55% Denver>
50% Philadelphia

45% Atlanta

Which American Cities Best Fit You?
You are 29% Sketchy

How sketchy are you?

In the morning we had a much smaller breakfast, bloated as we were from the curry the night before. We walked over to the cinema, and watched The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (an absurd and hilarious movie which Aileen sort-of enjoyed, or at least tolerated). Afterwards we had lunch at Cairns Central shopping centre before heading to the boardwalk, kicking off our shoes, and sitting in the shade reading our books.
We went back to the Tradewinds and collected our luggage from the concierge, who ordered a taxi for us. An uneventful flight back to Brisbane, to discover that Amie had missed us more than Natalie! Dinner at McDonalds, then home to fall asleep exhausted in our own bed.
view from our hotel balcony ... of the mud flats. For some reason, whenever we walked past the water, the tide was always out.
Buffet breakfast is included with the hotel room, so Aileen & I headed down there at about 9 the next morning. After 2 plates of hot food, we felt like we needed some exercise so we strolled down the boardwalk to the wharves, to see the navy ship in port. Of course there were police cars everywhere as a group of protesters in white lab coats were denouncing tyrannical US imperialism, etc.
Next we walked up McLeod St to the shopping centre and bought gifts for everyone back home. By then it was well after 1pm and we were feeling exhausted. We enjoyed a hot spa and then snacked on junk food for lunch. We had picked up some mudslides on the way back to our hotel, and so we cracked open a couple of those as well. I had a couple of hours' sleep, and Aileen woke me up at 6:30 so that we could go out for dinner. We ended up having a dodgy curry at Mother India, which played havoc with our digestion. We headed back to the hotel to watch Shadowlandson DVD: an evening of CS Lewis & C…
USS Blue Ridge
Flight landed at about 8:30pm. $12 taxi to the Tradewinds, where we had dinner at Latitude 351: grilled barramundi in white sauce with chorizo sausage, a lychee mojito and a cappucino for moi; gnocci with spinach, an iced chocolate and a sticky fig pudding for madame. Went upstairs to our room to watch the Cowboys triumph over the Bulldogs 48-12; Aileen fell asleep so I got changed and headed on over to Spence St.
The USS Blue Ridge was in town, so it was Hip-Hop night at Sporty's and Troppo's. There was a live DJ at Metbar, but I passed on that because my first priority was the club where Mark, Miguel, Smasher, etc. used to work. Sporty's was very different from the sports bar in Surfers (I don't even know if it had a video screen) but reminded me very much of The Edge. After a couple of hours and a handful of bourbons, I felt right at home. The finalists of the Cougar Bachelorette of the Year were on stage, which was an added bonus. I caught the last half hour …
6pm flight from BNE
a short history of leveraged synergy
(or synergistic leverage)
Compaq bought DEC in 1998, for US$9.6 billion
Compaq's CEO, Eckhard Pfeiffer, resigned in April 1999
In June of 1999, Compaq sold AltaVista to CMGi for $2.3 billion
May 2002, HP acquired Compaq for $21 billion
February 2005, Carly Fiorina resigns as CEO of HP
December 2004, Oracle completes its acquisition of PeopleSoft for approximately $10.3 billion
You Are 30 Years OldTell me something I don't know ...

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

What Age Do You Act?
Indulge your inner overfiend: - quite amusing reviews - linked from Jlist - not quite what I would call "Bishoujo" games ...