Monday, August 23, 2004

So you've got hiccups...

1. Try drinking water backwards.
2. A large spoon of peanut butter.
3. 1 or 2 shots of Tabasco...

The Tabasco hurts... but the pain is worth it after 2 days of hiccups.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

After a bit of a games discussion...

Games I regret not having played,

1. Syndicate
2. Sam and Max
3. Day of the Tentacle
4. Dungeon Keeper
5. Diablo

Games I regret not having finished,

1. Wolf 3d
2. Alone in the Dark

Maybe regret is too strong a word... "would have liked to" might be more appropriate.
Some very intresting reads regarding science fiction and related topics.

Is Science Fiction about to go Blind?

The Singularity by Vernor Vinge

Matrioshka Brains by Robert J. Bradbury

Friday, August 06, 2004

Been playing around with RELAX NG XML Schemas (as opposed to W3C XML Schema Definitions). RELAX NG is a practical solution to the problems that are not solved by XSDs. RELAX NG is an OASIS standard being put forward for ISO standardisation and as such, there are many implementations. Point 3 and 4 below are intresting reads regarding XML+XSD schemas and the various issues with XSD.

(1) RELAX NG Compact Syntax Tutorial
(2) RELAX NG - Refinement of values
xsd:integer { minInclusive="5" maxExclusive="10" }
xsd:string { minLength="4" maxLength="17" }
xsd:string { pattern="[A-Z]\d[A-Z]\s+\d[A-Z]\d" }

(3) RELAX NG better than W3C XML Schemas
(4) RELAX NG vs W3C XML Schema