The Minister's Cat is a Crapulent Cat

by Peter Tyrrell Monday, June 27, 2005 12:14 PM

The office cat just came in, jumped up on my desk, and did his usual lie-down-on-the-keyboard move to get my attention. This normally elicits anything from an annoyed shove to a reluctant "awwwwww" but today, no.

Today the cat has somehow smeared dog poop all over the outside AND INSIDE of his ear.. I can't even begin to imagine how he achieved this. And I only assume it's from a dog. Oh god please, let it be from a dog.

When I get back from scrubbing the fecalized feline with a soapy rag, I will continue to overhaul the Andornot script library. I don't know how I ever get any work done.


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



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

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


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?


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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