Volume 6, Issue 15; 14 May 2003

Who do you think you are?

Between the ages of twenty and forty we are engaged in the process of discovering who we are, which involves learning the difference between accidental limitations which it is our duty to outgrow and the necessary limitations of our nature beyond which we cannot trespass with impunity.

W. H. Auden

Photograph of norm's GhostI'm Norman Walsh. If you're browsing the web with graphics enabled, that's me over there on the right, or at least it looks vaguely like me. (6 Jun 2003, even more vaguely since I switched to a more artistic depiction.)

The following links say a little bit more about me...

MarkLogic Corporation

My day job. I'm a Lead Engineer working in the Application Services group. We build products that make MarkLogic Server easier to use. I also speak at industry events, work on web standards, and generally help out where ever I can.

O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.

I'm also an author.

Here's a bio that is sometimes used to describe me:

Norman Walsh is a Lead Engineer at MarkLogic Corporation where he works with the Application Services team. Norm is also an active participant in a number of standards efforts worldwide: he is chair of the XML Processing Model Working Group at the W3C where he is also co-chair of the XML Core Working Group. At OASIS, he is chair of the DocBook Technical Committee.

With more than a decade of industry experience, Norm is well known for his work on DocBook and a wide range of open source projects. He is the author of DocBook: The Definitive Guide .

[I Want to Believe poster with flying saucer]More informally, I'm a skeptic, but I was also a big fan of the X-Files. Yes, I want to believe. But I don't. Like most Americans, I probably watch too much television. Going back a few years, I was a devoted follower of Star Trek, Dr. Who, and The Prisoner. No, I don't read enough. Technical and science stuff, mostly.

I'm disorganized by nature ("hopeless" is what Deb usually says), but I've become completely devoted to my PDA (it was a Palm, then a Sidekick, then an iPhone, now it's an Android phone). It seems to keep me organized. More or less. If nothing else, I can carry interactive fiction around with me, which is just way too cool.

Below are some of my interests away from the computer. Really, I do stop sometimes. Honest!

  • I'm tempted to take up rowing again, too, but I haven't yet. (Starboard sweep, thanks for asking.)

  • Home brewing

  • Bird watching

  • Photography

  • Writing that piece of interactive fiction I've had in the back of my head for ten years.

If you got all the way down to here, you might even be interested in my friend of a friend or FOAF page or nwalsh.com.