HTML Scraper 0.1 now available
Just wanted to point people to the first public release of my HTML Scraper package. This is a Java/XML-based utility which allows one to 'scrape' an HTML page and generate an XML document with data from that page. The program uses an XML-based rules file to control what data elements to scrape from the page.http://sourceforge.net/projects/htmlscraper/
is the SourceForge project page for the site. There is no specific homepage for the tool yet.Please download and let me know if you find it useful.read more:
Welcome to Erik Talvola's new home on the web
In the midst of changing jobs, I decided it was time to change my web presence, which has remained fairly static since about 1994... Soon there will be some actual content on this site. Specific projects I've been working on include the Wine Finder, a price/review comparison engine for wine; the HtmlScraper, a Java application which lets you intelligently 'scrape' data from HTML pages into an XML format; and the Sin Stocks page, which will be a place for information on stocks involved in casinos, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and other industries which aren't considered 'politically correct.'In the meantime, you can take a look at my old page
, or the very first rough start at the Wine Finder
Lazyweb: full list of Sony BMG owned domains?
A non-spam comment recently arrived on the old Boycott Sony site, which is something of a rarity these days. Reader PJ asks whether there is a known list of sites that are owned by Sony BMG, or Sony generally, so that he can block those sites for showing up in AdSense ads.
I don’t have such a list. Does anyone out there? I suspect that part of the issue may be that Sony Music/Sony BMG registers unique domains for its artists, meaning that blocking ads for them may turn into a game of whack-a-mole. But I’ll throw the question out to LazyWeb anyway.read more:
Second impressions of LibraryThing
Following up my initial LibraryThing report from yesterday, last night I exported my Delicious Library to text (necessary because the underlying XML file was bigger than the 2 MB limit for imports) and uploaded it to the service. In spite of being overloaded by WSJ and BoingBoing traffic, the site was responsive; it reported all the ISBNs that it was going to add to my library, told me how many others were already ahead of mine to look up, and said that it should be done in about 10 hours. It beat that estimate and had my catalog of books live by 8 am this morning—unfortunately, though it was only part of it, since I hit the 200-book limit that comes with free membership.
The UI is a dream. You can view your books as a list or a virtual “shelf” displaying all the covers (fans of Delicious Library will recognize this view). Clicking on a title in shelf view toggles some options—look up the book in Amazon, view your information about it, view the social information (tags, ratings, reviews, weighted recommendations), or edit the information. In addition to the obvious features (tags, etc.), editing the information provides one very useful function, the ability to change cover art to one of a dozen variant editions, to art provided by another user, or to upload your own cover art. Very slick.
Similarity is an interesting feature, as is the ability to browse to see who else has a book in their library. I also like the automated tag clouds, and my personal author cloud is telling (though, again, skewed by the fact that only part of my library is represented). I look forward to exploring some of the additional social networking features over time.
The bottom line is that just a day or two after its launch, LibraryThing is shaping up to be a really interesting way to explore books, authors, and other people’s reading habits. Fun!read more:
New Releases for March 8th
There's a new Tiny Showcase
If I hadn't been spending all of my free time on the new site, I would have told you about these new releases: 50 Cent's Massacre
, 50 Ft. Wave's Golden Ocean
, Ash's Meltdown
, Boom Bip's Blue Eyed In The Room
, Decibully's Sing Out America
,Kasabian's debut (read Leslie
), The Kills No Wow
, Paint It Black's Paradise
and Sam Prekop Who's Your New Professor
. The last one was my personal pick of the week - Paul
's got a review on 75 or Less
I forgot to me mention it last week, but The Rutles 2 came out on DVD. We're about to wrap up the contest - get yourself signed up.
Here's a true store about Ash's old record label, Kinetic. They once begged me for months on end to run a contest. I'm serious - they sent me a weekly email like "We love your site and we would do anything to set up a promo with you." They eventually came up with a contest that was really cool. The prize was great - limited edition, signed - everything that makes a nice prize. They told me they would send me the prize after the contest was over. They, of course, never did. Wouldn't respond to my emails, wouldn't acknowlege that I was alive. Very classy move. So I became bitter and vowed never to trust anyone in the music industry (well, except for the good guys - you know who you are) ever again and started an art website. The end.read more:
My new website
I've got a confession to make
The lack of updates on this site is not entirely due to the fact that I've been working like crazy.
Somewhere towards mid-February, I was sitting in a long, semi-drawn-out meeting when this crazy vision popped into my head.
Now, ideas like this pop into my brain all the time. More often than not they involve insurance scams. I usually dismiss them within ten minutes. This one wouldn't go away though - partially due to the fact that I was stuck in a meeting with nothing else to think about, but mostly because I got the feeling that this was a genuinely great idea. It stuck with me and wouldn't go away.So, I started coding. Code code and more code. And, as I kept writing code, the project seemed to make more and more sense.
I've gotten to the point where I'm almost there - I can see the end product and I'm feeling pretty good about it. So, I've decided to set a project launch date.I am telling you this partially to evoke interest in my new website, but also to keep myself on track. I've integrated a journal so you can see how I'm doing.
Tiny Showcase launches March 1st, 2005. I hope you'll like it.read more:
New Releases for February 15th
Five for February 15th
has already stated, it's tough concentrating on this week's releases when next week looks so massively promising. Here are a few notables though. If none of them catch your eye, check out the Rutles 2 DVD giveaway we just kicked off (for those of you who are reading this via RSS, you're gonna need to open the website in an actual browser - sorry).
- Camper Van Beethoven - Discotheque: Live Chicago I'm not really sure why I chose this disc to link. Most of their stuff is available for download via archive.org.
- Dread Leppelin - Chickens And Ribs I know the joke should be old by now, but it still cracks me up. It features a guest appearance by Billy Zoom.
- Mahi Mahi - Remove Your Body This came out a few weeks ago and I forgot to mention it. I always bitch about the music scene in Providence, but when someone releases an album, I forget to write about it on the site. Sorry about that.
- They Might Be Giants - Here Come The ABCs Speaking of children's music, have you seen the Pancake Mountain site? I've probably already linked it, but the Fiery Furnaces "Mouse House, Moose Hoose" clip is too crazy to not mention several times.
- Wedding Present - Take Fountain I wanted this album to be absolutely amazing, but I'm having trouble getting into it. I'm gonna give it a few more tries - I can sense that there's some great material hidden in there.
CMC Sound Adventures receives Applied Arts design award
The CMC website Sound Adventures has received Applied Arts magazine's best information and educational site award in its Advertising & Design Annual. Canadian Music Centre is recognized for its work on Sound Adventure, an educational web site designed in collaboration with ecentricarts.This year, the Applied Arts Advertising & Design Annual celebrates its 14th year and status as Canada's most prestigious design competition. The annual competition receives thousands of entries from Canada, the U.S. and beyond, in six main categories: advertising, design, tv/video, editorial designand digitalmedia. An international expert panel of 30 judges decided winners. The Annual is available now on selected newsstands in Canada and the U.S.and online at www.appliedartsmag.com.read more:
Schafer's Patria Cycle gets a wild new home
A permanent home has been established in the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve for the outdoor works of R. Murray Schafer's Patria Cycle, the most ambitious body of music theatre ever devised by a Canadian.In making the announcement yesterday, accordionist Joseph Macerollo, president of Patria Music Theatre Projects, said he hoped the site would become Schafer's Bayreuth, alluding to the home of Richard Wagner's annual opera festival in Germany.The site includes a lake and forest within the 60,000 acres of what is known as Canada's first certified sustainable forest. Peter Schleifenbaum, owner and operator of the forest reserve and a long-time Schafer supporter, wants the initial five-year agreement to be extended.read more:
Slate goes widescreen
10th anniversary redesign. Jake says
For one thing, we're no longer owned by Microsoft, which for some reason seems to make it easier for us to build a site that works as well in Firefox and Safari as it does in Internet Explorer. And now that larger computer screens and broadband have become commonplace, we felt Slate could do more to take advantage of both. The new home page, for example, is wider than the old one and has graphics so numerous that a dial-up modem would have choked on them. We've used the additional real estate to give permanent homes to Explainer, the Has-Been, Doonesbury, Today's Pictures, and our editorial cartoons[~]regular features that have sometimes been hard to find.I love that remark that suddenly Slate can work in non-MS browsers now.
Early this week, in an email to a coworker, I mentioned that I made music and pointed her to my site. On Thursday she wrote back and said “cool, you’re even on iTunes!” This surprised me; my two albums were submitted about 3 and 8 weeks ago and hadn’t shown up on iTunes as of Monday or so. But I looked, and indeed, there they both are on iTunes. For those of you who’ve heard the music, I’d appreciate a customer review. For those of you who haven’t, what are you waiting for? :-) Of course there are also old-fashioned shiny discs in plastic cases. Thanks!
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Matt Mullenweg, creator of WordPress, announced a little shindig in San Francisco to be held on August 5th. He’s dubbed it WordCamp and even set up a site at wordcamp.org.Since I’m within reasonable driving distance, I’m planning to go and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll get to meet lots of people [...]read more:
There are currently 736,425 benchmarks in the database at geocaching.com. Overall, 82,517 benchmarks have been found and recorded in 114,528 logs. In the last 7 days, 1,007 benchmarks have been logged by 407 users. Four of them were found by me in Greentown, Pennsylvania near Exit 20 of Interstate 84.
I had tried to find a 1959 benchmark named "Burke" a couple of months ago. The eXplorist 600 indicated that I was within a half-mile of and then I realized I would have to trespass on private property to get to the mark -- something I do not do, at least on purpose. I saw a sign nearby labeled Robert Burke Consulting. Upon visiting his web site and seeing that he works with Linux, I concluded he must be a nice person and likely would not mind me giving him a call. Not only did he not mind, he offered to escort me to the benchmark -- he had noticed it in the past and knew right where it was. I met Bob and his four-year old son at his driveway and off we went in his four-wheel drive truck down a dirt road and off into a field. Turns out that Bob's father owns hundreds of acres of land where the benchmark is located. Five generations of his family have lived in Pennsylvania.
Turns out that there are actually four benchmarks (Burke, Burke 2, Burke Reference Mark 1, and Burke Reference Mark 2) all within a couple of hundred feet of each other. Three were placed in 1959 and one in 1967. The descriptions given are accurate for finding them -- but don't rely on lat/lon because those are not accurate. One of them was off by nearly 200 feet. Ater many a wild goose chase, I have learned that the best way to find benchmarks is to carefully read the datasheet. Here is a typical description for finding a reference mark...
REFERENCE MARK 1, A STANDARD DISK STAMPED BURKE NO 1 1959, IS CEMENTED IN A DRILL HOLE IN TOP OF A 2 X 3 FOOT BOULDER IRREGULAR IN SHAPE AND PROJECTING ABOUT 2 INCHES ABOVE THE SURFACE OF THE GROUND. IT IS 85.9 FEET SOUTHEAST OF AN 8-INCH TRIANGULAR BLAZED MAPLE TREE, 72.8 FEET SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF A STANDARD METAL WITNESS POST AND MARKER, 37 FEET SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF THE CENTER OF A TRACK ROAD AND THE MARK IS ABOUT THE SAME ELEVATION AS THE STATION
The disks were all readable, although there is some corrosion. All are in plain view and the main mark (Burke) has a witness post. If you ever noticed a 3-4 foot long orange stick in the ground with some wording on it, that would be a witness post. It says basically, there is a benchmark nearby and don't mess with it! The marks would have been useful to surveyors and civil engineers decades ago, but with the advent of inexpensive and accurate GPS devices, they have become unnecessary. In spite of this, they are fun to find -- 72 for me so far and only three-quarters of a million or so to go! Lastly, remember the Honda ads from years ago -- "You meet the nicest people on a Honda"? Well, this past weekend I discovered the same thing about looking for benchmarks. If you need any systems or Linux consulting in the northeast Pennsylvania area, pay a visit to Robert Burke Consulting.read more:
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Behind The Scenes In The Blogosphere
Last month I got an email from Nora Barnes who is a professor of marketing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She said she was conducting the first academic study about blogging and wanted my input, which would be combined with that of dozens of others. Her goad was to report on what motivates bloggers, how they handle legal and ethical issues, and how blogs have helped promote their businesses or points of view.
This morning Dr. Barnes reported that her blog study is now finished and up on the UMD Center for Marketing Research web site. The report is in pdf format and you can find it here. Nora's study takes the emotion out of the subject and adds some substantive research and a great deal of insight. She said that what started out as "just another researcher trying to study something interesting" revealed what makes bloggers "different from those of us watching (reading)". I am certain her report will be quite valuable to institutions of all kinds who have not yet gotten their blogging strategy to the level they want.
Other patrickWeb stories about blogging
One of the many innovations Sam Palmisano has spearheaded at IBM is the idea of reaching out to "alumni". The first initiative was a few years ago when he started a semi-annual reception for executives and former executives of the company. That was just the beginning and now the idea of reaching out has been opened up big time. The number of past and present IBMers is probably close to a million people. Establishing communications with such a huge base can be nothing but a good thing for the company.
When I left engineering school and joined IBM in 1967, it was common to look for a job at a company and expect to stay there your entire career. Nobody thinks that way anymore. If you tell someone you were with a company for decades, they might ask "what's the matter, couldn't you find any other jobs?". Another change is in the old days if someone left the company they were considered a traitor and barred from coming back. Today, there are many executives that left the company at some point, got some experience at one or more other companies, and then brought that experience back into IBM.
The Internet has enabled everything to be connected to everything, so setting up a blog to "connect" past, present, (and maybe future) IBMers to each other and with the company seems like a very good idea. The The first step was the Google Group, the logical step two is the new Greater IBM blog. Over time other forms of web technology such as wikis, audio and video podcasts, instant messaging, and various mobile technologies will likely enter the mix.
The possibilities are endless -- collaboration on projects, personal networking for jobs and deals, referrals to and from IBM, and social networking for the fun of it. I look forward to being part of this as it evolves. Upon e-tirement in 2001 with nearly four decades at IBM, I don't really feel like I left anyway! Feel free to visit patrickWeb. There are a number of categories that I have been writing about for more than ten years. Things related to IBM are at this site, I am sure I will be writing about and linking to the Greater IBM blog as will others. Cross linking will increase the overall "connectedness". That's what the web is all about. I am really proud that IBM is taking the blogosphere so seriously.
Greater IBM Blog
Greater IBM on Google Groups
The Application Web
This week I attended an IBM software technology briefing about SOA. Only brilliant technical people could come up with SOA as a name for something. Let's see, is it safe operating area, School of the Americas, Skies of Arcadia (a Nintendo game), Society of Actuaries, state of the art, or the Sarbanes-Oxley Act? Nope. Maybe it is about an architectural firm that has great customer service? Or maybe it is about the architecture of a building that has a good service entrance? Neither. The SOA of the briefing stands for "service oriented architecture". It is really important. The wikipedia has a comprehensive definition of SOA but basically it is about a new way to get things done with software. Actually it is isn't new -- the idea has been around for decades -- but now it is really happening. It is so much a part of the vernacular at IBM that they just matter of factly call it "so a". After an IBM briefing about "virtualization" a year ago, I tried to explain the word in simple terms (see Virtually Real or Really Virtual). I'll try that approach here with SOA.
In a nutshell, SOA will allow web sites to do much more than “click here to buy”. In fact web sites built with SOA will result in us standing in fewer lines in the physical world and have to endure fewer telephone call centers that want to control us. Fulfillment models at our favorite retailer’s web site will result in the staple goods we need just showing up outside the garage door when we need them. If businesses have the right attitude, SOA will enable them to get closer to the ultimate Internet -- to build a people-oriented and user-friendly integrated experience for all parties involved - employees on the intranet, suppliers, customers, partners, analysts and prospective constituents. There is more to this story. (read more) read more:
At a speech in New Orleans on Monday I said we were just five percent of the way into the Internet -- that of all the things that could simplify our lives and save us time, only five percent of them are here so far. New companies such as Pandora are pressing the envelope to do great things but unfortunately many existing companies have not kept pace with expectations.
This morning I checked on the status of a medical prescription at Express Scripts, my "online" pharmacy. The web site had an order number but did not show the name of the medication. Clicking on "check status" gave a line that said "In pharmacy" -- since May 6. No information available. Sending an email to them is hopeless -- I have done it before -- they respond to the email by telling you to call if you need information. I called and was told they had received the prescription on May 3 and it then takes them three days to enter it into the system. Four days later they determined that it needs "prior authorization" and so they faxed a form to the doctor requesting that he fax a form to the insurance company who would then need to fax a form to customer service who would then notify the pharmacy it is ok to ship the medication. The pharmacy and customer service are the same company. There is no feedback to the customer at any point. Meanwhile everyone is calling everyone and the doctor's office is so overloaded with calls about prescriptions that you can't get through to them. This is the status of online pharmacy. Five percent would be an overstatement.
The point that top management of these and many other companies are missing is that the perception of their company and their brand is no longer based on their past history or even the reputation of their products and services. The way we see them is the way we see their web sites. Unfortunately, a lot of things we see are not pretty. Increasingly our loyalties will shift to the companies who make our lives simpler and save us time instead of frustrating us. Many are trying hard but they have a long way to go. read more:
After finding four official National Geodetic Survey benchmarks during an interesting walk around downtown New Orleans, it was time to meet at Antoine's for dinner. The famous restaurant has been continuously operated by the same family since 1840. Through wars, the Great Depression, epidemics and storms, the culinary treasures continue to be served. The French Quarter, where the restaurant operates, was fortunate to not have any water damage, although the winds took a toll and repairs are still underway. After dinner, my son and his friends headed for the music they wanted to hear. For me, there was only one place I had in mind.
I had not been to Preservation Hall for more than thirty years but I remembered exactly what to expect. The sound of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is unique and inspiring. The musicians are polished and professional. I talked with the trombone player during break and he told me he was a professor of music at a local college. To hear him and his colleagues play you would never see a piece of music. It seemed to come from their soul. The saxophone player told me he read music when he was a boy but that now it comes from the soul. From their web site are a coupe of great quotes. "Musicians in New Orleans are born to entertain. There's nothing wrong with that, because I'm happy when I play. I love what I do". "We play gospel music here. We play old spirituals. We play military marches. There's no end to the variety of music that we play. But we play it all our way. And the more we play, the more the level of happiness rises. Just to watch our audiences go wow when we play, that gives me a good feeling and makes me want to put out more."
The amazing part to me is the coordination. There is no sheet music, no conductor, not even subtle leads from one of the members. All seven -- trumpet, two trombones, tuba, drum, tenor saxophone, and piano -- played as one. Soloists knew when to stand -- at times several would stand -- the crescendos and decrescendos were perfect and soft harmonies were flawless. These are truly great musicians. Walking a half mile down Bourbon Street back to the hotel there were dozens of "bands" playing at peak volume. It was a different world than Preservation Hall. I prefer the latter.
After Sunday brunch overlooking the mighty Mississippi River, it was time to head for JazzFest. The temperature was 90, the humidity was 100%, the crowd was 100K+ and there was no place to sit. In spite of this it was a great experience. The Paul Simon performance, in particular, was worth the price. Nice to see the 60+ performers -- he was amazing in every respect. Digital music is great but nothing compares to a live concert. The big screen made you feel like you were in the front row (even though there were no chairs). Regrettably, Fats Domino (78 years old) cancelled at the last minute for health reasons. Lionel Richie took took the stage instead.
On Monday morning it was a pleasure to make a presentation to a group of networking and IT executives at the English Turn Country Club. The topic was, guess what, the future of the Internet. With the incredible humidity, I do not regret not being a golfer and staying for the afternoon.
With regard to New Orleans,I found a mixed story. The water marks, damage, and debris were staggering. One can see why a huge number of people have been displaced and why housing is the main issue on many people's minds. I spoke to a number of residents who were working in the service industry. The common thread was that they were hopeful, courteous, and wore smiles on their faces even though they had every reason to be bitter. One person told me there was three feet of water in the second story of his house. He and his family moved in with a cousin -- eight people in a small home. The only good news is that there are plenty of jobs. The biggest tragedy may be that there are only five schools open in a city that was once more than a million people. read more:
IBM Happenings: April 2006
The month of April had the normal slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and corporate initiatives. Being "tax" month, the company announced a new solution for optimizing tax auditing. IBM's Tax Audit and Compliance Solution uses advanced analytics to help revenue agencies zero in on questionable tax returns.
There was also a milestone in April. Ten years ago, IBM WebSphere Commerce -- then known as Net.Commerce -- made its debut at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Thousands of customers later, WebSphere Commerce is one of the best-selling e-commerce applications on the market, running many of the world's top e-commerce sites. Most of the top 100 online retailers use the middleware to power their Web sites that generate billions of dollars of online revenues. I am sure some will say it was great planning, but those of us who were there at the time know that the "ticket server" for the Olympic Games was an experiment. At about $5m in ticket sales it turned out to be the largest e-commerce site on the web at the time. The first real customer was L.L. Bean, Inc. of Freeport, Maine. See the complete history of Websphere Commerce here.
Here are the announcements made by the company during the month. The complete index of prior IBM Happenings is here.read more:
Let's get small
For the benefit of those of you who just absolutely can't do without your dose of There Is No Cat while you're mobile, I've added a stylesheet to automagically reformat the site so that it displays in a more pleasing manner on such things as PDAs and maybe even telephones....read more:
UNLEASHED Drummer 'Making Fast Recovery' Following Lung-Collapse
According to a posting on UNLEASHED's official web site, the group's drummer, Anders Schultz, is "m...
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April Chamber Concerts - Alauna Ensemble
The Alauna Ensemble will give the first performances of Alan Bush's Septet for Woodwind and Strings Op.118 (1987) in South Wales, as part of the Crwth 3rd Series of Chamber Concerts 2002/2003.
Two concerts including Alan Bush's late work will take place on:
Friday 11th April 2003 at 7.30pm at St Elvan's Church, Aberdare.
Saturday 12th April 2003 at 7.30pm at the Brunswick Methodist Church, St. Helen's Road, Swansea.
The programme also includes Beethoven's Septet and Serenata in Vano by Nielsen.
The artists performing Alan Bush's Septet are:
Graham Mayger - flute
Jean Marsden - oboe
Verity Fielding - clarinet
Peter Morgan - bassoon
Gabrielle Painter - violin
Annette Morgan - viola
Martin Thomas - cello
Tickets will be available at the door - Prices: £8, Concessions £6, Students and Unwaged £2, School age free.
For more information, contact Peter Morgan: read more:
Telephone: 01792 548231
or visit the Crwth web site.
The Irish Première of 'Lidice'
On Sunday, 14 April 2002, in the College Chapel of Maynooth University, the Maynooth University Chamber Choir, conducted by Mr Ciaran Duffy, gave the first performance in Ireland of Alan and Nancy Bush's work, Lidice. The concert also included performances of Hayden's Te Deum, Faure's Requiem and two recent compositions by contemporary Irish composers, Andrew Purcell's Ave Maria and Ciaran Tackney's Gloria.
In her programme note on Lidice, Mrs Emer Bailey wrote: "No evidence was ever found to support the claim that the inhabitants of the Czech town of Lidice were in anyway involved in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich. But in an act of reprisal, on June 10 1942, the town together with all its male inhabitants, was obliterated by the Nazis. The rest of the villagers were sent to concentration camps.
|Alan Bush conducting at Lidice|
Alan Bush was so horrified by this appalling tragedy that he composed Lidice
in 1947 (with words by his wife and librettist, Nancy) for the Workers' Music Association Singers whom he conducted for many years. English composer Bernard Stevens, was assistant conductor at the time and recalls as one of the memorable experiences of his life, the occasion in 1947 when the choir sang the piece on the site of the destroyed town.He describes Lidice
as a masterwork that expresses all that we felt on that awe-inspiring occasion, comparable to Shostakovich's memorial to the victims of the destruction of Dresden in the Eighth String Quartet
The work begins in a sombre mood, describing the scene of devastation once the soldiers had gone. "Silence had returned to Lidice" with its "smould'ring wood" and "shattered stone". Then the tension slowly begins to build to a climax: "An unquenched spirit stirs and springs...to live and burn again". The work ends with a mood of quiet determination reminiscent of the opening bars.
Nancy Bush's poem expresses most clearly the anguish and horror of that terrible scene:
"When the last marching step had gone, and the hands, clenched in agony, the outstretched hands were motionless, silence returned to Lidice.
Voiceless, the threads of smoke crept up from smould'ring wood and shattered stone. The charred beam falling to the ground alone disturbed the empty noon.
Men and women, friends and lovers, now had left the valley lonely, and the despairing child's last cry, as he looked back, an echo, an echo only.
Here ranged along this shallow pit the men of Lidice once stood, and here their last glimpse of the world was this green curve of field and wood.
From the frail cavern of the skull their sightless eyes confront the sky and stare undaunted from the dust, proud men who did not fear to die.
Man's priceless treasure here lies spilt; but from this bitter ash of pain an unquenched spirit stirs and springs, renewed to live and burn again.
Now silent Lidice lies still, and stirs not, yet its stones proclaim, ravaged and mute, to all the world a matchless and immortal fame."
The Maynooth University Chamber Choir was conducted with real understanding by its young conductor, Mr Ciaran Duffy. The clear young voices of the choir conveyed with wonderful tenderness and feeling, the pathos and anguish of the work. The choir had very good diction, which enabled the audience to hear Nancy Bush's words clearly. It was a very moving performance and a welcome revival of a beautiful work.
Rachel O'Higgins, April 2002. read more:
Web Site Hosting with Streamyx ADSL Connection
Streamyx Broadband from TMNet, a Telekom Malaysia Berhad group (Telekom Malaysia has been re-branded as simply TM since late 2005), has been around since 2002. It started with 384kbps for home users, then increased to 512kbps and later increased to 1Mbps until today. Home users in this bandwidth category pay RM88 per month but normally transfer rate effectively less than half as advertised. At least that what I been experiencing since I become their first 5000 subscribers. Nevertheless, it is a lot better than dial-up and Streamyx Broadband remains the cheapest broadband provider in Malaysia.read more:
Web Development Team
When a web site is online, someone, somewhere must have been responsible for its creation.
You may be thinking about setting up your own web site and have done much research to find your perfect or rather agreeable company base on price, features, their proven works etc., this article introduces you to the people behind a typical web development project.read more:
Making Your Presence on the Web
You have been using the Internet for years now. If you are like me, you think it's a fascinating place. There are so much information in here you wish you have the time to surf away.
I will not waste your time so let get down to the reason you are here.
you want to have a web site ...
.. and you know exactly what your web site will contain.
Let's get started.read more:
Web Design & Development>
Web development incorporates all areas of creating a Web site for the World Wide Web. This includes Web design (graphic design, XHTML, CSS, usability and semantics), programming, content management, marketing, testing and deployment. The term can also specifically be used to refer to the "back end", that is, programming and server administration.
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Web Site Maintenance
When web site is published on the Internet, the web site need to be monitored, evaluated, reviewed and updated. Maintenance of a web site starts with the owners intention to publish a web site, then it focus on its users needs, habits and preference, which is why the web site is published in the first place, to give its visitors useful information. A web site also promotes image and reputation of its owner whether it is a company, a brand name, a product or service, an individual or a community. Having to stumble into an out-dated information on a web site will, more often than not, frustrate a visitor. An out-of-date web site, be it for its content or design speaks for itself about its owner.read more:
Image and Online Success and The Importance of Good Design
Having a good looking site isn't everything but definitely crucial in the overall scheme when branding your company.read more:
Whose Site is it Anyway?
I spend a lot of time emailing with online business owners. Since that's my specialty, I find a lot of people asking me questions about my success. What amazes me is that many of those people are asking the wrong questions!read more:
Hand Picked SERPs from MSN
Forget algorithms, get hand picked results from MSN. Please take this post with a grain of salt. While in reality found on the MSN site, it is highly...read more:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Web site, consider thyself healed!read more:
Cleaning up their own site markup and hard drives everywhere.read more:
The Scottish Borders Council
An interesting layout, especially for a government site. Remember: if it isn't Scottish, it's crap!read more:
Web Standards Group: About Web Standards
An overview, including the key benefits, of using Web standards in your development projects. The "Ten Questions" series is very informative, and the site also has a resource directory, an email discussion list, job announcements and more.read more:
The Weekly Standards
There are plenty of Web design and development sites out there, both personal and professional, with clean, structured markup and standards-based designs. But how often do you see corporate sites doing this? This site showcases a few each month.read more:
My Web site is standard! And yours?
Here you will find easy, painless techniques and ideas to improve your Web site quality and make your Web site valid. The document is intended for HTML authors and developers working on Web applications.read more:
A Web Standards Checklist
A site built to Web standards should adhere to standards and pursue best practices. In other words, a site built to Web standards should ideally be lean, clean, CSS-based, accessible, usable and search engine friendly.read more:
Web Standards Awards
The Web Standards Awards aims to promote Web site design using W3C standards by seeking out and highlighting the finest standards-compliant sites on the Internet.read more:
A Web Standards Primer
What every Web site owner should know about standards: A brief non-technical explanation of Web standards for Web site owners and managers. This article explains the benefits of Web standards, how they work, and how to begin implementing them.read more:
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
These guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. The guidelines are intended for all Web content developers (page authors and site designers) and for developers of authoring tools.read more:
Guidelines for Building an Accessible Web Site
Explains and discusses the rationale and technical requirements for making information published on the Web available to as wide an audience as possible and should help any organisation increase the audience who can access their information and services.read more:
Skills for Access
If this site isn't a testament to beautiful design, and advocating, demonstrating and teaching accessibility, then I don't know of a better example. Also covers multimedia accessibility: Flash, Shockwave and external viewers. Great resource, thanks RJ.read more:
International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI), the Internet Society - Disability and Special Needs Chapter, and HiSoftware Company collaborate to provide cost-free educational resource for Web Site accessibility testing.read more:
Accessify.com: Attractive, Accessible Web Sites
You Searched for
Or, disproving the myth of ugly. An article discussing how to achieve both. With both good and bad examples. Many more resources on this site including tutorials, news and reviews, and discussions.read more:
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