Longest Day

by Peter Tyrrell Tuesday, June 21, 2005 11:06 AM

Longest day of the year today. Feel that all-natural Vitamin D! I'm bathing in photons right now.

Interesting fact. Or theory, whatever. Photons (smallest possible packets of light) always move at the speed of light: 670 million miles per hour. Zing! Theory goes, everything moves at the speed of light actually, just not in the spatial dimensions. You yourself are moving at the speed of light if you include time, the 4th dimension. You can translate some of that speed to space (start walking) and indeed, relative to an observer, time passes more slowly for you. So photons, already and always at the speed of light spatially, do not and have never aged.

On a COMPLETELY unrelated topic, I am knocked out by the cool factor of find-as-you-type, auto-complete combo boxes for the web, as seen on Google Suggest! I's be downloading the 30 day free trial. I think they use some sort of time-travelling tachyon beam to broadcast the choice I *will* have made back to the search box. Clever. Damnably clever.

Keywords: nifty, photon of youth, tachyon combo box

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Blogware

by Peter Tyrrell Saturday, June 18, 2005 10:08 PM

Trying to... [guh] make dasBlog... [nyuh] work with the Andornot... [SPROIING!] website.

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Ted Jardine for Presimonk

by Peter Tyrrell Friday, June 17, 2005 9:59 AM

I would just like to take this opportunity to take my hat off to a very hard-working, knowledgeable, reliable, creative, and above all HUMAN human being. Ted Jardine. Here's his site: ovalsquare. Ted, we'd be in a world of pain if not for your dedication these last couple of weeks.

Now I'd like to put my hat back on. And wonder whether Ted is short for Theodore, or Edward, Thaddeus, or what. My father goes by Ted, though his real name is Edward - go figure. Perhaps it's not short for anything, but is in fact completely and only TED: no more, no less. That would be fine.

I declare this day the Feast of St. Ted of the Garden. Move over, uh... St. Emily de Vialar! Or... Isaurus the Holy Martyr and His Companions of Athens! (If you happen to be Orthodox.) What have they done for me lately?

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Trinity Western University Archives

by Administrator Thursday, June 16, 2005 11:55 AM
Trinity Western University (TWU) Archives worked with Andornot to create their website complete with searchable database of descriptions of photographs and textual (paper) records. The photographs, which document the history of the University from its founding in 1961 to the present day, number approximately 5,000. The 100 metres of textual records are comprised of university materials as well as special collections and private fonds.

This project was made possible in part through the Canadian Culture Online Program of Canadian Heritage, the National Archives of Canada and the Canadian Council of Archives. The Archives purchased a single user license of DB/TextWorks in 2001, converted existing finding aids, and continued to catalogue the collection using Archives Online. Archives Online provides a ready to use RAD and ISAD(G) compliant template for cataloguing archival descriptions and includes predefined data entry and report formats. In 2002, the TWU Archives purchased Inmagic DB/Text WebPublisher Lite. Andornot designed a new website for the Archives based on the main TWU site at that time and incorporated this template into all the WebPublisher displays.

The Archives home page features a quick search facility plus canned searches which create dynamically updated Finding Aids for the Lyle Wicks and Mel Smith fonds. There is an advanced search page with Andornot's index popups for browsing and pasting index terms, and the search results page features an Andornot drop down script to select reports sorted by relevance, date or by hierarchy. A search on the word "Library" in the keyword box illustrates how the hierarchical display groups records by fonds and level of description. In addition a hyperlink to the fonds level description is provided for each record.

Contact Andornot for more information on Archives Online or our web site design services.

XSL Transforms: The Tortoise and the Hare

by Peter Tyrrell Friday, June 10, 2005 10:24 AM

Woe. Woe, I say. Woe! To Thee! If thou wouldst assay to run an XSL transform with the .NET XslTransform object. And a knight recreant would I be to keep my tongue caged within its red and toothy prison over it. As 'twere.

Simply put, the .NET XslTransform class is not MSXML based. MSXML is fast. XslTransform is slow. Particularly with transforms of larger XML docs - performance gets worse the larger the XML input is. Supposedly this will all go away with .NET 2.0.

If you pass WebPublisher an XSL document with a query, you're in no trouble, since WebPublisher is using MSXML.

Keywords: tortoise, hare, woe

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