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  • Blog Post: Greatest people voted for by their nation

    Four lists to compare of the greatest people voted for by their nation. I will let you interpret the national differences based upon these choices. Top 10 greatest Britons 1. Churchill 2. Brunel 3. Diana 4. Darwin 5. Shakespeare 6. Newton 7. Lennon 8. Elizabeth I 9. Nelson 10. Cromwell ...
  • Blog Post: Re-living my youth

    Back in the heady days of 1977 I caught a train down to Brighton on the south coast of England and went to see Star Wars at the Odeon cinema on the sea front. As did many, I came out transfixed by the effects, story and characterisation and proceeded to buy tons of the 3.5'' action figures that came...
  • Blog Post: VSLive SF and WSE

    I will be at VSLive in SF arriving on Sunday evening to give two short 30 minute talks on WSE 2.0. The first is on security and the other on the WSE messaging APIs that enable you to use TCP and alternative messaging patterns that are not simply HTTP request response. These are the times; Monday, February...
  • Blog Post: Smart Watch Frustration - A Christmas tale of woe

    I must by cursed to never have a working Smart watch . I seem to part of an insanity experiment. Here is the history of my experience for your enjoyment at Christmas time. My sad tale of woe. I wander into the company store and excitedly purchase a Fossil FX-3001 at the end of Dec 2003 . I have to wait...
  • Blog Post: Building my Christmas present.

    A couple of months ago my wife asked me whether she could listen to her favourite internet radio station on the HiFi stereo system that we have in our living room, rather than having to have the speakers on the PC in the office turned up to maximum volume. This is a UK radio station that only streams...
  • Blog Post: First Solo Sail

    I did my first solo sail on the waters of lake Union in Seattle yesterday. It reminder me of the time when I took my dad's car out for the first time after having passed my driving test eons ago. All you concentrated on was not slamming into anyone else and mentally shifting gears, or tacking in the...
  • Blog Post: Life now as the WSE Program Manager

    With much of the work done for version 2.0 of System.Xml and with Dare’s departure from the XML team to MSN, I decided that it was also time for me to look for new adventures. I have taken the job as the WSE Program Manager left vacant by Keith Ballinger’s departure . Having spent 4.5 years on the XML...
  • Blog Post: The end comes swift

    Our bearded dragon lizard died suddenly on Saturday. We had been caring for him plenty over the last month, taking him to the vet for tests (he was pronounced healthy which was odd really), changing his environment, enticing him with as many delicious foods as possible and all the time giving him water...
  • Blog Post: Samurai Jack Episodes 49-52

    For those c onnoisseurs of the greatest cartoon of all time living in the USA, the next four episodes of Samurai Jack are being broadcast this Saturday, the 25th September on Cartoon Network. Episode 50 looks particulary enthralling. This list is taken from http://epguides.com/SamuraiJack/ Original Episode...
  • Blog Post: Samurai Jack Heaven

    I have just ordered Samurai Jack Season 1 DVD from the great virtual shop and seeing that this has a sales rank of 74, with every review at five stars reviews you can see why. A cult classic that I will inflict on everyone to the point of tears. Now I just have to somehow design this into System.Xml...
  • Blog Post: DCOM to .NET Phase Transistion

    Looks like William and I have had the same thoughts over the weeknend about clearing out books. I decide to tackle the final bastillion of chaos in my house and sort my home office and especially my bookshelves. Since writing my book on System.Xml v2, Addison Wesley decided that I needed a copy of everything...
  • Blog Post: Not an iPod Sheep

    Today I picked up my rash and purely impulsive Christmas buy, a Fossil Wrist.NET Smart watch . It was probably sub-consciously induced by the new kid who came to our school (around 1977) with a calculator on his watch. No matter that it was impossible to press any of the buttons to do even the most simple...
  • Blog Post: The joy is undescribable as England beat Australia in Australia in the Rugby World Cup Final

    ENGLAND WINS RUGBY WORLD CUP 2003 A Jonny Wilkinson drop-goal in the final minute of extra time secured the first ever Rugby World Cup win for England 20-17 over the Wallabies, in a pulsating Final at Telstra Stadium in Sydney last night. After being the focus of attention for practically...
  • Blog Post: Samurai Jack makes me want to fight

    If you need some inspiration then how about listening to the theme tune to Samuari Jack .
  • Blog Post: Samurai Jack season continues

    Cartoon Network are still rolling new episodes of Samurai Jack at 7:30 PT.  Episode XLIV (on Wednesday, Nov 12) was a classic. The Princess and the Bounty Hunters. A group of Bounty Hunters gather together to capture the Jack - as if. Reminisant of Star Wars! ...
  • Blog Post: Going to bed...

  • Blog Post: Do you want to bet? Future predictions on XML

    I love reading through these long bets  especially " At least one human alive in the year 2000 will still be alive in 2150 ." which I could blog about for hours and Winer's " In a Google search of five keywords or phrases representing the top five news stories of 2007, weblogs will rank higher...
  • Blog Post: Memphis, blues and bad breakfasts

    I spent a week away in Memphis first staying at the Madison Hotel which has some beautiful architecture and a great view of the Mississippi river. If you go to Memphis stay at this hotel, it is by far the best. Of course there was a reason why I went to Memphis, which was to satisfy my wife's...
  • Blog Post: "Whidbey" Publishers Summit

    I talked about the XML support in VS.NET "Whidbey" at a publishers summit hosted here in Redmond yesterday, which prompted some good feedback. Now that I have been caught up in the machinery of publishing it amazes me how much effort it takes to generate a book through authoring, editing and...
  • Blog Post: Samurai Jack. The greatest cartoon ever?

    What cartoon epitomized and shaped your childhood? For me there were three that I distinctly remember; Hong Kong Phooey  - The theme  alone defined the greatness of this cartoon, it being stupidly simple to remember. Then there was the re-enactment of seemingly classic fight scenes...
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