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Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 00:49:15 +0000

 



What I’m doing & reading

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 00:49:15 +0000

I thought I’d post a few updates about what I’m doing these days. My consulting business continues to be doing well, and I’m about to start a new project for a large software company, which will involve lots of heavy XSLT work. In the mean time, I’ve been learning about how to develop apps for […]



This blog is going to get a lot worse…

Sun, 19 Dec 2010 06:45:24 +0000

…before it gets better. That’s because I am casting my perfectionist tendencies to the wind and will be trying out lots of different things. Quite reasonable questions pop up in my mind such as “Why would anyone want to read this?” and “Is this post actually going to be useful to anyone?” For the time […]



Test post from OneNote

Sun, 19 Dec 2010 04:28:08 +0000

This is a test post from OneNote. Let’s see how the various things look.     Here’s an outline, including some checkbox TODOs Indent level 1 unchecked Indent level 2     Here’s a table with three rows and three columns     The end. Update: Hmm. Apart from the hideous formatting-ridden HTML markup (should […]



Basic, handy rpm commands

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 02:13:44 +0000

Even though I’m comfortable on the command line (and regularly use Cygwin on Windows, and Terminal on the Mac), I haven’t used Red Hat Linux (or CentOS) since probably 2003, and so I’m not very familiar with rpm (“RPM Package Manager“, or formerly, “Red Hat Package Manager”). I started by looking at the man page, […]



Back in the blogging saddle

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 02:12:43 +0000

I’ve got lots of ideas swirling in my head about what to blog about here. Mostly they have to do with what I’m currently learning about, particularly as it relates to technology. One idea I have is to use OneNote to track what I’m doing and then publish highlights. I heavily depend on OneNote for […]



Joomla as a spiritual practice

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 00:47:06 +0000

I need to make a confession. I have a very low tolerance for badly designed user interfaces and overly complicated mis-uses of technology. We are using Joomla for The Trillium School website, and all I wanted to do was add a simple page announcing our Holiday Craft Camp next week. I’m sure it’s not just […]



Running and hosting MarkLogic for free

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 07:06:17 +0000

Over the past year, I’ve done some consulting for MarkLogic Corporation, including some development using their flagship product, MarkLogic Server. I created the back-end content management system for their Developer Community website. It was a real joy working with the software, particularly with its new support for XSLT. (You can read more about my excitement […]



Review of The Pillars of the Earth

Tue, 03 Aug 2010 07:57:57 +0000

No spoiler alerts here. I read the first quarter of this book, and that was enough for me. Maybe it was because I had just finished reading The Grapes of Wrath for the first time, re-acquainting myself with fiction’s potential to uniquely and powerfully communicate truth, as it does in Steinbeck’s classic. Of course, fiction’s […]



I’ve started another blog

Tue, 27 Oct 2009 21:28:30 +0000

Check it out here: Lenz on Learning: Reflections on parenting, education, kids, and creativity. Here are the article titles so far: “Mastery” (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) Reasoning with a 3-year-old Mimsy Sadofsky on play and talking Appreciating your own kids I’ll probably still blog here on miscellaneous topics on an occasional basis […]



Watching The Atheism Tapes

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 04:44:18 +0000

I just began watching The Atheism Tapes (on Netflix), by Jonathan Miller, a series of interviews with prominent atheist intellectuals. In the first episode, Colin McGinn reviews some standard arguments for and against the existence of God. He puts forward lack of positive evidence as his principal reason for not believing that God exists. Paraphrasing […]