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Name: Uche Ogbuji
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Besides the projects I lead and contribute to, I am an editor at xmlhack, member of the Python Software Foundation, prolific writer and presenter. Oh, I'm also a wanna-be poet. I'm a Nigerian immigrant (naturalized US citizen now), married (to Lori) with a son (Osita) and another child due in August. We live in lovely Boulder, Colorado.

In June, 1998, I co-founded Fourthought, Inc., which has been my day job since then. We provide consulting on XML technologies, especially topics such as RDF and the intersection of markup and traditional development.


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13 Mar 2003 (updated 13 Mar 2003 at 23:13 UTC) »

Long time no post. Well, many new articles since the last one:

Looks as if I'll be a Keynote speaker for The Open Office XML Conference in Copenhagen. Hmm. I hope Dansk isn't as hard as Norsk (the only language that has made me wonder "Hvai i helvete" so soon after giving it an effort). Just kidding. I understand English will be fine.

Python/XML Akara updated - I updated my Python/XML Akarato use the general Akara framework I'll be speaking on at XML Europe. Major new features are user comments, an editor's interface, RSS feed and better topic organization. I should have an IRC interface completed this weekend, and an e-mail interface soon thereafter. This is perhaps the most fun I've ever had working on a project.

4Suite. We made the decision to skip the 0.12.0 relase and go straight to 1.0. Of course, we just need to get any sort of full relese out soon. Mike Olson is doing great work on scaability, and it's al beginning to fall into place.

etc - Osita Skiied for the first time on March 2nd. He was pretty much giddy. Kids are so amazing. 3 weeks before his third birthday, Osi broke his arm and was in a cast. Three weeks after his birthday, he skiied for the first time. I got a great deal of exercise playing chairlift for him at Copper Mountain, carrying him repeatedly up the modest hill at the bottom of the Superbee chair. I'd hoped to go boarding a Breckenridge today, but I had too much work to do. I haven't worked halfpipe nearly as much as I'd meant to this year.

I've ripped about 300 of our nearly 1000 CDs to ogg and have put in place "Radio Ogbuji" at home. It is great to have all your fave music shuffled on continuous play. Unless you're Lori who gets really annoyed when Rage Against the Machine, Drum&Bass or Garage comes on right after Angie Stone or Texas. I just got Ms Dynamite's A Little Deeper. I'm still deciding whether it was worth my breathless wait for it to come stateside (months after UK release). There wasn't as much of the fast Ragga Toasting I love so much from her, and without it, the preachiness was a bit much

"You talking so much sex, but ya not tell the youths 'bout AIDS, and ya not talk about consequence..."

She needed a bit more Sticky or So Solid Crew. I also bought Talib Kweli's Quality, The Roots' Phrenology and Common's Electric Circus right when they came out. All are off the chain. Ditto Nas's God's Son and GZA's The Legend of the Liquid Sword. 50 Cent, which I bought, is a quite overrated, despite the tight first single, and perhaps I should have copped Clipse last year.

20 Jan 2003 (updated 20 Jan 2003 at 00:54 UTC) »

nymia: You don't have to study Latin alone. There are several open (and free) adult latin study groups and mailing lists. When I was brushing up my Latin 5-6 years ago, I joined a group that started with Wheelock and moved on to the Oxford Advanced Reader. I also joined a Beginning Greek group and a medieval Latin group (using the Latin Vulgate: you must read Ecclesiastes in Latin before you're through), all because it was so much fun to study with a motivated group. The group included folks from all over the world, all professionals and very nice as well as smart. Of course all that ended when life fleeced me of my disposable time :-)

I think this page represents the same community, and it looks as if they've expanded their coverage even more. I also find this page, which I think is a different group, catering more to Latin teachers. These guys have the advantage of having a group using the Oxford Latin Series, which I somewhat prefer to Wheelock.

New article: The open office file format, in which I discuss the XML saved file formats for OpenOffice.org.

17 Jan 2003 (updated 17 Jan 2003 at 09:20 UTC) »

I changed my home page to a black background to mark the occasion of the Eldred vs Ashcroft ruling. I expected the result, but it doesn't diminish the perspective this event gives on the entire tragedy that marks the modern concept of "intellectual property". Personally, I think that almost every other policy issue in play in the world today is of less moment than this particular struggle. This is not a facile thought, but I haven't the time right now to expand upon it in the length it deserves. Luckily, others have touched on the importance of an even pitch for the intercourse of ideas. I hope to put forth my own thoughts in good time. For now, I count myself lucky that so many of my areas of close interest are beyond the grasp of Big Media. My literary interests mostly cover works that predate even the most outrageous exaggerations of copyright term. The software I use and write is almost all open source, and licensed so as to encourage free use. My main weakness is my fondness for some of the contemporary music controlled by major labels.

I'm watching Band of Brothers for the second and a half time. Such a brilliant series it is (probably the best TV miniseries I've watched) that I suppose I'll have to find some good books chronicling the "Currahee", the Screaming Eagles. I've already heard the raves for the books by Burgett and Ambrose. I also wonder whether the soundtrack of the miniseries is good on the whole. The main theme is certainly very moving.

15 Jan 2003 (updated 15 Jan 2003 at 07:42 UTC) »

Warning: nothing of technical interest in this entry. I'm taking the "diary" nomenclature seriously this time.

So the same night Evan Lenz tells me his brother broke his arm snowboarding, and a couple of days after Lori's friend Heather was telling her about a pressure cast she'd got for a broken ankle, Osi decided to do an apocryphal Lionel Johnson down the stairs. One trip to the urgent care and a pressure cast for a hairline break later he seems to be doing quite well. It is distressing as a parent to reflect that I've never broken any bones in 30 years and under my watch the nipper did the trick before he was three. Oh yeah, jinx factor number 3: the date was the 13th, though not Friday.

Also, the car manufacturer decided, after four long months, to finally send back the CDs from a cartridge that had got stuck in the player. Nice to have Indigo Girls Become You again ("It took a... long time toooo..."). And Musiq's Juslissen, and Ska down her way. And, of course, Thomas the Tank Engine's Roundhouse Rhythms.

Random thought: most of the world likes to play chess. A handful prefer to clear the entire board at whim with a sweep of the hand and call inexplicable "check". These have always included Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Cuba, Afghanistan, and most sub-Saharan African countries. Seems the US has joined these ranks for some reason, and if we aren't having the rarest bit of fun with Iraq and Korea.

Anyway, enough gas. I have an heap o' work to do.

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