Volume 19, Issue 1; 04 Mar 2016

Hello again. Again.

Thoughts are ephemeral, they evaporate in the moment they occur, unless they are given action and material form. Wishes and intentions, the same. Meaningless, unless they impel you to one choice or another, some deed or course of action, however insignificant. Thoughts that lead to action can be dangerous. Thoughts that do not, mean less than nothing.

Ann Leckie

There's no point belaboring the point: I’m going to try to start writing again. There’s no single, overriding explanation for why I stopped. Just little things, I think.

Busy, mostly.

I’m doing lots of interesting things at MarkLogic , but it’s in the nature of engineering work that I can’t really talk about them until they’re announced, by which time I’m either working on something else or working so hard to finish the feature that I’m not inspired to write about it.


For better or worse, the occasional tweet scratches an itch. Maybe not very well, or usefully, but scratched still.

I’m not that interesting.

I feel like I have less to say. I care about things that aren’t fashionable these days. And I don’t care a whole lot about most of the things that are fashionable. Ranting about the latest absurdity mostly isn’t my style.

And life.

Yeah, life can be a real distraction. Especially if you try to have one.

Of course, as soon as I decided to start writing again, I decided to completely rebuild the site. Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.—Robert Benchley It started out (circa 2003) as a big ball of XML and RDF all shaken and stirred together by Python and Perl. The next iteration (circa 2010) was all XML. I pulled all the RDF out and replaced it with a variation on the envelope pattern and a dozen or so indexes. This incarnation is still on MarkLogic [of course!—ed] , but I’ve moved back to using some RDF linked data. The combination of XML and linked data is really powerful. There’s nothing that I want to do on this site that I couldn’t do with just XML and MarkLogic. But some queries are just easier to write and think about in the linked data realm.

Using linked data in publishing will form a big chunk of my class in the publishing track at XML Summer School this year. You should come! In the meantime, I’ll write some more about it here in due course.

I’ve put a few more words about the redesign in the About page.