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I am so happy that I got to go to Farm 255 tonight with a bunch of cool people from code4lib.

The mixed olives (house-marinated with fennel and orange) and pickled eggs (with wild onion chives) were, collectively, the best $5 I've spent on food. Yes, the bowl of olive was $3 and the bowl of pickled eggs (two, split in half) was $2.

Jodi's orecchiette with hedgehog and shiitake mushrooms in a roasted garlic and cream sauce ($13) was, dollar for dollar, almost that good, and that's like saying that having the second-best orgasm in history is almost as good as having the best.

My 'veg plate' ($14) was a sampling of five things, presented in a meter-long trough as if it were a deconstruction. From left to right:
  • Spicy vegetable slaw: they're not kidding, this tasted like cabbage and onions pickled in jalapeño, but in a good way.
  • Braised collards: a good-sized serving, cooked thoroughly but not to steam-table extremes, salted just enough to bring out the flavor.
  • Sautéed mushrooms: a bit dry, a bit chewy, not as flavorful as I'd have hoped.
  • Steamed creamer potatoes: unremarkable, mostly flavorless.
  • Petite salad: immaculate greens with pickled onion slivers.
We shared our olives with the table, and they shared with us a taste of two red wines (I don't remember which) and five delicious cheeses:
  • Nellie Bell's feta with pickled onion: this may be the only onion dish Jodi has ever enjoyed.
  • Luna's fresh chevre with lambrusco jelly: delicious, though a sesame bagel with cream cheese and peach jam this morning was very good in the same way.
  • Truffle sottocenere [redundant for emphasis, I'd imagine] with local honey: Jodi had the last bit of this; I think we've had it at Wild Oats and could probably find it again.  She loved it.
  • Nevat with fresh thyme: I don't remember tasting this, actually.
  • Tilston Point blue with raisin chutney: very tasty, well paired.
We also shared a molten chocolate cake (really a souffle of eggs, butter, and cocoa -- and perhaps a speck of flour) with crème fraîche, and had some delicious coffee.

The bill was somewhat sinful, but the experience (two to three hours of excellent food, drink, and conversation) was worth it.

And, as a bonus, after I put a couple of bucks into the guitarist's case and asked him if the song he'd been playing was by Eliades Ochoa (it wasn't originally, but he thought Ochoa's recording was the best he'd heard), he played guajiro music all night.
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Three things I accomplished today:
  • Got up at 6:30am for a brief workout (and actually did a brief workout).
  • Managed, finally, to get connected to the worst wi-fi network ever.
  • Spent the afternoon being the volunteer technical liaison to the hotel's IT department in an effort to resolve technical problems that had been plaguing the entire conference.  (See previous item.)
Three things that made me happy today:
  • Seeing that lots of people had taken me up on my recommendation of The Grit for dinner (hey, guys, they have a cookbook too...)
  • Spending the evening with Jodi
  • Learning that a friend's husband may soon be pain-free and living a happy life
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Jodi has a guest badge, so she could theoretically join me for sessions if she wanted to.  We went downstairs and had breakfast; I tried to find her favorite Georgia beverage:

"Pardon me, ma'am, do y'all have sweet tea?"

"Uh, we will, for lunch.  We'll put it out at eleven o'clock."

"Oh, man.  I'm gonna have to go tell my wife that we're in Georgia and there's no sweet tea!"

Puzzled, she asked, "For breakfast?"

I hadn't realized that was odd, so I shrugged and said sheepishly, "She's from Pittsburgh."

"Oh.  I'm sorry."
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Yes, that's right, I said Athens.  And I'm driving there for code4lib 2007.

Jodi's joining me for the trip, though she won't be registered for the conference.  Which is a shame, because I think she might dig Fun with ZeroConfMetaOpenSearch or Library Data APIs Abound!.

If any of my readers have hints about fabulous vegetarian food in Athens, Georgia, please speak up.  We'll have some sort of Internet access here (code4lib would brook no less).


May. 1st, 2006 03:59 pm
sylvar: (Breakfast Club: Brain)
With #code4lib's help, I've now got an XSLT stylesheet that lets browsers turn the existing RSS feed into something resembling HTML. This is a big step for all of the work I'm planning to do, since it means I can apply that knowledge to all the rest of the XSLT stuff.

Huzzah! I really need to cacheize the script so I can share the URL with everyone. I've gotten a lot done today and I'm proud of it.

From an email to the stakeholders (hey guys, put those stakes down, I haven't even got my game face on):
A letter to the webmaster, my boss, and her boss )

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May. 1st, 2006 01:24 pm
sylvar: (B5: Sheridan: Big Damn Hero)
My Perl script returns valid RSS for items added in the last 7 days at any given SunCat library. I need to make it cache results and use the cache, or else I can't share the URL without getting our database slammed by broken RSS aggregators querying once per minute. But I've got valid RSS, which is a good start.

Next parts of the project:
  1. Get a scratch PAC working so we can monkey around with it.
  2. Cache-ize the RSS script.
  3. Add more useful information; currently it's only displaying an ISBN and an image.

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sylvar: (PUTV: No Easy Answers)
I'm trying to install DBD::ODBC so I can use ODBC-Sybase to make some interesting additions to our drab catalog. Sadly, it's becoming so much of a PITA that I'm already tempted to backtick a call to isql, which just seems like the Wrong Way.

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