KM 21


Ein Rabe saß auf einem Meilenstein
und rief Ka-em-zwei-ein, Ka-em-zwei-ein…

Der Werhund lief vorbei, im Maul ein Bein,
Der Rabe rief Ka-em-zwei-ein, zwei-ein.

Vorüber zottelte das Zapfenschwein,
der Rabe rief und rief Ka-em-zwei-ein.

»Er ist besessen!« – kam man überein.
»Man führe ihn hinweg von diesem Stein!«

Zwei Hasen brachten ihn zum Kräuterdachs.
Sein Hirn war ganz verstört und weich wie Wachs.

Noch sterbend rief er (denn er starb dort) sein
Ka-em-zwei-ein, Ka-em-Ka-em-zwei-ein …

Christian Morgenstern (1871 – 1914)


No, that’s not the acronym you are (likely) thinking of. That’s the Object Management Group, which just held its quarterly Technical Meeting, in Burlingame (near San Francisco).

As a rather turbulent week draws to an end, I’m walking through a slightly rainy San Francisco to take in some more local air.

From San Francisco 2012

At the meeting I broke a couple of records. One, notably, for having brought a (preexisting) set of specifications through the OMG standardization process to full adoption within only 9 months. (We started the initial RFC process at the March meeting in Reston.)

The second, for being the first to submit specifications using DocBook. While this has been a “supported” format (together with FrameMaker), I’m apparently the first one to actually using it in this context.

Most people still submit MS Word documents (yuck !), resulting in a lot of post-processing by OMG’s own editor to massage the text into  OMG / ISO – compliant formats. As a result, the submitters are no longer able to maintain their own specifications, instead requiring OMG’s technical writer(s) / editor(s) to apply their patches for them. What a wasteful process.

By using DocBook, our community is now enabled / empowered to maintain the standard ourselves, which makes everyone involved, as well as (and in particular) those who no longer have to be involved, very happy.

On Wednesday I met with a couple of my colleagues, who happen to live in the area, to celebrate the completion of the above work, as well as to talk about the future.

I also took the opportunity to sneak in a few hours to visit the Muir Woods National Monument, which, by exposing me to an entirely different scale of space and time, relativates many of the other things running through my head.

From San Francisco 2012

Now I’m sitting in a *$ (read: Starbucks) as I have a few hours before my plane takes me back home.

Las Vegas Adventure

After a rather inspiring (yet exhausting) week at GTC, I’m on my way home from San Francisco to Montreal. I had chosen to fly via SFO instead of SJC, because the connection appeared to be slightly better. On my flight from YUL to SFO, the crew encountered a “minor” technical issue, and chose to land in Denver instead of San Francisco. While we were supposed to take off again within an hour, we sat on the tarmac for >3 hours, when it was announced that the problem was bigger than originally thought, such that the plane could only take off the next day.

I managed to get a different flight to SJC, to arrive 12 hours late at my destination.

Now I’m on my way back, taking a two-leg flight from SFO via LAS to YUL. Arriving in LAS after 22:00, it’s apparently too late to have anyone in the terminal who can give useful information. When I finally figured out where to go to get the connection flight, and make it yet again through security, the plane is already taxiing towards the runway. So I’m stuck in this unfriendly, noisy, and inhumane place (which ironically claims to be the Mecca of the Western world) for the night, .and be home in Montreal 12 hours late.

This makes me miss a concert I have been looking forward to see for months. How annoying…

Bossa ’09

I’v just come back from this year’s Bossa conference, which took place near Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brazil.

I was invited to talk about Hybrid Programming using Boost.Python.

The conference was interesting, allowing me to look at Free Software as used in embedded mobile devices (read: cell phones).

It was also a great opportunity to socialize, and just have a great time.

From Porto de Galinhas '09