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  • Floating Homes May Be The Future Of Coastal Living
    10/28/2005 5:49PM
    From the "why yes, we do have bilge pumps in our basement" dept.:

    With the rising seas and the increase in the number of storms accompanying climate change, flooding in coastal areas is going to become more frequent, washing away many homes with the storms that accompany it. Insurance rates will rise and cleanup costs will mount if we continue with business as usual under such circumstances.

    However, a Dutch design firm says the logical answer is to move toward floating housing--structures that can rise and fall with flood waters, yet are moored securely to pilings in the earth below them. Flexible couplings would insure that gas, electricity and water would still work even as the homes rose with a flood. They ought to look seriously at this  option down in New Orleans, coastal Florida and other such areas, IMHO.

    Get the details here.
  • DocBook in OpenOffice 2.0
    10/27/2005 11:43PM
    I've been chipping away at the formVista documentation and contemplating starting on the much needed MOBIE document. I had decided some time ago that the DocBook file format gives me the most flexibility. Unfortunately, writing DocBook XML tags by hand is tedious. I had tried using Lyx for some time but it's unfortunately not quite ideal for this particular task.

    With the release of OpenOffice 2.0, it looks like their DocBook support is much improved.

    Getting started working with DocBook in OpenOffice took a bit of searching. There is a good introduction called Getting Started With DocBook on OpenOffice.

    Before you get started you have to download the DocBook Template located at http://xml.openoffice.org/xmerge/downloads/DocBookTemplate.stw.

    More info on tags supported can be found on the DocBook tags in OpenOffice.org page.

    And, after a few hours, I still haven't been able to generate valid DocBook with it.

  • Mysql 5.0 is now available.
    10/24/2005 12:40PM
    Mysql 5.0 is now available.

    See the www.mysql.com for more details.

  • Scientists Investigate 35 MYO Impact Crater In Norfolk
    10/23/2005 11:27PM
    Scientists strongly suspect that an object about 2 miles wide smacked into the east coast off of Norfolk, VA about 35 million years ago. The splash probably reached about 30 miles high and tsunamis may have reached the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains west of Washington, DC, and sea bed sediments were likely ignited for a time.

    The force released was probably greater than all warheads in the cold war nuclear arsenals of the former Soviet Union and the United States Combined. Get the details here.
  • Surprise! Antibacterial Soaps Fall Short
    10/23/2005 10:04AM
    Not that this should be too surprising to those that might have been following this somewhat arcane topic, but: it turns out that antibacterial soaps are no more effective than plain old regular soap and water in removing bacteria from the hands.

    On top of that, the overuse of the antibacterial chemicals in the soap may be significantly contributing (along with the overuse of antibiotics) to the genesis of superbugs that are resistant to both antibacterial chemicals and antibiotics.

    See the details here.