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October 12th, 2004

new schedule

I have switched to a TWR schedule, which is nice. I love driving, but cutting out 67 miles rt from home to work is a nice bonus. I have been working on building a bridge site at Sigma Xi where former, current, and future NCSI workshoppers and presenters can exchange ideas, techniques that work well, workshops they would like to have in the future, etc. I am also testing the teacher/volunteer database to make sure everything is in working order for its official roll-out in a couple weeks.

The last 1.5 hours of this afternoon, I finished my first article (module) for Connexions. It is being proofread right now, but I was able to get a good handle on the markup requirements, and the feel of online editing. The folks at Rice have done a fantastic job with the tool, and I look forward to using it more as time goes on. When proofreading is done, I’ll post a link to its location here.

I had a meeting with Jay and Dr Grimley at school yesterday, and have a much better idea as to what PLU wants their website to accomplish. The database I had been envisioning was quite different from what they want, so I am redesigning it. I expect to have that done in the next couple days, at least on paper, and then to build the first draft on the server in a week or two, after they have had a chance to verify what it is that I am trying to do.

A few days ago I received a letter from the school indicating I am once again an Elon student, as of spring semester 2005. One interesting bonus of not having used any of the available loan for this fall, is that I get to use all of it for the spring. That combined with the institutional grant they have authorized means I should be a full-time student, for the first time since the 00-01 school year, when I graduated HVCC. I’m looking forward to a bunch of gen ed classes, and one in my major. Yippee.

Preregistration begins the first week in Nov, so I have a couple weeks to wait before I can set up my schedule, but I do look forward to getting back into the student swing of things.

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October 4th, 2004

first day

Not a bad way to start off a new job. Last Friday was the Sigma Xi staff picnic, so I worked for a few hours, then went downstairs for food and meeting some of the other people who work there.

Today I spent more time going through the CNXML language specs and turorial available at the Connexions website. I am now in love with XML. After having gone through several tutorials on XML, CNXML, MathML, and QML, I have come up with a bunch of places I could use XML for my own apps. It’s kind of exciting.

I’m also working on the back-end database for the professional chemistry society Phi Lambda Upsilon. Another student at Elon, Jay Loden, has been working on building most of their brand new website, but hasn’t done database design and implementation, so I’m doing that for the site.

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