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TMRA'06 program published

The program for TMRA'06 has now been officially published. This year we have 32 talks, up from 24 last year, and I think this year's program is substantially stronger than last year's. It's interesting to note that quite a few of last year's open space entrants reappear this year as full-blown presentations. This year there is also a day of tutorials, so the conference is definitely grown compared to last year. ...

Read | 2006-07-28 14:54 | 0 comment(s)

Россйя

For this year's holiday we plan to fly to Moscow, then travel south to Kiev, and on from there to the Crimea, and finally back to Moscow for the return flight. The tickets are already bought, and we leave on August 25. However, our Russian experience has already started. I'm not referring to the Russian language course that we've started, but the hotel booking and visa application. ...

Read | 2006-07-25 23:47 | 3 comment(s)

A Copenhagen beer map

Before travelling to a new city I always do some research on ratebeer.com and beeradvocate.com so that I know where to find good beer when I arrive. This means weeding out the places I don't want to bother with, and making sure I know what the ups and downs of each place are. ...

Read | 2006-07-25 21:56 | 10 comment(s)

A trip to København

I spent last weekend in København (or Copenhagen), the city that for four centuries was the capital of not just Denmark, but also Norway. At that time Oslo was just a tiny provincial backwater compared to København, and in beer terms the relationship has not changed since. In København even the grocery stores in many cases have a better beer selection than the wine monopoly does in Norway. This probably has a lot to do with the Danes' relaxed attitude to life in general, and alcohol in particular. In Denmark schnapps for lunch is perfectly common, and asking for non-alcoholic beer more is likely to raise a laugh than actually getting you any. (I know; I've tried.) ...

Read | 2006-07-24 22:39 | 4 comment(s)

The job is done

Yesterday we sent the completed draft of TMDM to ISO for publication as an International Standard. This means that the first part of the new Topic Maps standard is finally completed, finished, finalized, and ready. A few months from now (not sure how many), you'll be able to go the online ISO store and buy either a PDF version of the standard or a paper one. For those who don't want to, a free version is on isotopicmaps.org. So, implementors, go ye forth and implement! ...

Read | 2006-07-19 11:51 | 2 comment(s)

Hot beer

Beer can be made from many different ingredients, but chipotle, that is, smoked jalapeños, has to be among the more unusual. It's brewed by the Rogue brewery in Portland, Oregon, which is one of those breweries which make almost nothing but really good beers. I was surprised to see that they'd brewed a beer using chipotle, called Rogue Chipotle Ale, which we tasted at an Ontopia beer tasting evening at work today, courtesy of Geir Ove. (That is, at work, after work.) ...

Read | 2006-07-17 21:09 | 0 comment(s)

Beer temperature: really getting it right

Some people care more about the temperature of their beers than others, and my friend Geir Ove has gone further than most. He convinced his wife they needed a new refridgerator, and once they'd bought it he took the old for use as a beer refridgerator. It's at all times filled up with four kegs of homebrew, plus innumerable bottles from all over the world. ...

Read | 2006-07-15 15:01 | 1 comment(s)

Beer temperature: getting it right

Getting good beer in Norway is hard, but possible; getting well-tempered beer in Norway is nearly impossible, unfortunately. Most pubs and bars will serve the beer at refridgerator temperature, which ranges from too cold to much too cold. The problem with this is that the taste of the beer is subdued, which means that a lot of the more subtle flavours become impossible to detect, and the main flavour is weaker. ...

Read | 2006-07-13 17:33 | 15 comment(s)

Life by the fjord

The first three days of this week we stayed in a little summer house by the fjord, commuting to work by ferry. Going there on the Sunday felt like any trip to a summer house, except that it was a little odd to take a ferry for 20 minutes out of central Oslo, and then walk for 10 minutes to the summer house. The place itself was a nice little wooden house, literally by the fjord, which we rented quite cheaply from a governmental organization. ...

Read | 2006-07-12 21:17 | 2 comment(s)

NULL in Topic Maps

One point on which Topic Maps differ from most other information representations is the handling of unknown or missing information. In relational databases these are represented using the special NULL value, and the same is the case in object-oriented programming. In XML there are different ways to approach this issue, one of which is the xsi:nil attribute. ...

Read | 2006-07-08 19:42 | 5 comment(s)

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