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ISO/IEC FDIS 19845 now out for vote

Yesterday the "Final Draft International Standard" for ISO/IEC 19845 Universal Business Language Version 2.1 was sent to National Bodies for voting within the next two months:

http://www.iso.org/iso/home/store/catalogue_tc/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=66370

I encourage those of my connections who know people at their national standards bodies to encourage their country vote in support of the FDIS ballot.
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Winter Vacation Sights

We took 1600 photographs on our vacation ... here is a selection of the memories.
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Go, Sens, Go!

At home we only have broadcast television and today's important (for Ottawa) hockey game in Philadelphia was only being broadcast on cable.  So the team arena opened its parking and its doors for free (or a food bank donation) to watch the broadcast on the lowered scoreboard screen.

They expected 4,000 fans. 11,000 fans showed up.  Hour-long waits (yes, some people missed almost half the game) at the one (!!) open set of concession stands.  They planned only to open the first level of seats and filled that and the second and were into the third level.  The floor was set up for tomorrow's visit of the Harlem Globetrotters, so it was a bit bizarre watching a hockey game in front of a basketball court.

But our team won (despite taking a nap the first two periods)!!  With this win they have clinched a spot in the playoffs and Andrew "the Hamburglar" Hammond (the beer-league replacement when both our goalies were injured) tallied a 20-1-2 record to finish the season and buoy the team.  If you haven't read about him, look it up:  he painted the McDonald's Hamburglar character on his mask and soon into his remarkable run the corporation gave him a "free food for life" card for all the amazing free advertising they are getting.

Cheering the goals and groaning the faults with 10,999 others is a lot of fun, and it was all for a good cause (the food banks).  A great way to spend the afternoon watching television.  I couldn't contain myself when they won and I cheered as loud as everyone else did.

Now, on to the playoffs!  Go, Sens, Go!
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Flag Day 1965

My father-in-law bore witness on February 15, 1965 of the raising of the new Canadian flag at Parliament Hill in Ottawa and documented it with some slides he photographed.  My own father, a hobby railroad photographer, owned a slide scanner and he scanned my father-in-law's collection of slides after my father-in-law passed away so that we would have mini-treasures such as these.

A precious tid-bit:  my father scanned these slides, put them in the postal mail to us, then he passed away suddenly that day or the next, and it was days later that we received the scanned images not knowing they had been sent.
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Crane's free UBL Skeleton Creation online web service

Here is a tool with which one can initiate the creation of a UBL document by synthesizing the element structure of a document.  Using checkboxes one indicates which elements they need in the document, then they serialize the syntax on the web page, then they copy and paste that syntax into their favourite XML editor to finish it off.  What is created is not schema valid, but it provides an easy way to get started!  And once the software and the (large!) data model is loaded into your browser, there is no interaction with the server and at no time is there any user data transmitted to or stored on the server ... it is entirely self-contained in the browser.

The index of UBL document types is here:

  http://www.CraneSoftwrights.com/resources/Crane-UBL-Skeleton/

PLEASE NOTE:  this is code running inside a web browser using compiled JavaScript (Saxon-CE), so it runs more slowly than applications running locally in your operating system.  Please be patient.  We've already had feedback that the wait is worth it and the tool is useful, so we hope you feel the same way. 
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An EC decision on Oct. 31, 2014 designates OASIS UBL 2.1 a referable standard

Article 1 (EC Decision) "Universal Business Language version 2.1 developed by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards is eligible for referencing in public procurement.":

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:JOL_2014_315_R_0007 

OASIS Universal Business Language v2.1 defines a generic XML interchange format for procurement and transportation electronic business documents that can be restricted or extended to meet the requirements of particular industries:

http://docs.oasis-open.org/ubl/os-UBL-2.1/UBL-2.1.html

UBL 2.1 defines 65 different document types such as purchase order, invoice, waybill, transportation status.  All documents are based on a common library of business objects with which one can create their own document types to complement the UBL document types.
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Postal routing

I think I've redacted all identifying information of the sender, and I thought I would post a picture of this package I received today by postal mail for a purchase I made on Amazon Canada.  Looking at the picture try to figure out why this might be of interest, and then read on.

Why I find this interesting is that the "From:" address is in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, and the "To: address is in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Yet it was posted from the US zip code which is in Washington State, bordering Canada.

So the sender found it somehow better (cheaper?) to send a package from Canada to Canada by sending it international cross-border from the US.  It makes me wonder if he didn't just cross the border, buy the unit at a discount store, send it to me and pocket the difference!  No need for inventory!

On Amazon I paid CA$16.99 with shipping already included.  At today's exchange that is US$13.89 and postage would have to be taken from that.  The unit arrived in original packaging, but it is just a white-label 64Gb micro SD card with an SD adapter.
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... or maybe they were just there visiting friends/relatives.
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Winter Vacation Destinations

We were very lucky to escape the Canadian cold.  We got home less than a week ago from a 3-week cruise across the Indian Ocean on the Crystal Serenity.  This completes our around-the-world by cruise ship goal, after doing the other 133 days over 7 years (including some side trips) on Silversea.
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Brings back memories Ken. I used to work in that part of the world. Glad you enjoyed it. 
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Antipode

We are just about to head to our home airport, Ottawa, to fly to Perth, Australia, the closest airport to the antipode of Ottawa.  There is no destination further away from us.

Last time we did this we did westbound Ottawa/Toronto/Hong Kong/Perth, this time we are trying eastbound Ottawa/Toronto/Dubai/Perth.

Have you ever thought where your antipode is?

http://www.findlatitudeandlongitude.com/antipode-map/
Antipodes map dynamically shows the opposite point on the earth from that which you select.
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Sounds like fun! Hope you do make it over to Queensland at some point :)
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Vacation January/February 2014

I was thinking back to where I was a year ago today and it was on a cruise ship heading from Tonga to Auckland in the South Pacific.  I remembered that I never posted my one-destination-shot-per-port album, and so I've done so today.

The trip was 30 days from Los Angeles to Sydney, on the Silver Whisper run by the Silversea Cruise Line.  That brings our total up to 133 days on Silversea.

My fondest memory is on the morning of the 29th day of being at sea, going through Sydney Harbour at 6:00am to beat the harbour commuter traffic, coming upon one of the most famous and recognizable buildings in the world, but only seeing on the sidewalk in front of the Sydney Opera House our son waving at us. We hadn't seen him in 3 months because he was living in Australia on a work/travel youth visa.  He took the shot I've selected as the photo album cover, so we are two of the pixels on the deck just above the bridge.

Second fondest is probably my day in Hobbiton, though the entire trip was wonderful.  We even got to see two sets of friends we hadn't seen in about 30 years.
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UBL International 2014 - Stockholm - December 2 - Programme updated

The programme for the UBL International 2014 symposium being run in the morning of December 2, 2014 in Stockholm has been updated:

  http://www.UBLconference.com/201412/programme.html

There is still room to register for this free half-day event titled "How UBL is Changing the Way We Do Business".

The event's venue is across the street from the CEN/BII seminar in the afternoon of the same day:

  http://www.cenbii.eu/cen-wsbii3-seminar-stockholm-2nd-december-2014/

Both events are on Hornsgatan in Stockholm, Sweden.

See you there!
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A moving editorial cartoon

www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/bruce-mackinnon-s-ottawa-shooting-cartoon-a-poignant-image-of-the-day-1.2810347

The CBC page above has the complete cartoon image.  The cartoonist's paper's article about the image is also very interesting:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1245912-bruce-mackinnon-s-war-memorial-cartoon-touches-hearts-worldwide
Bruce MacKinnon, an editorial cartoonist at The Chronicle Herald, is being praised for his editorial cartoon on a day when many are at a loss for words.
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Delivering consulting and training services worldwide in XML/XSLT/ XQuery/XSL-FO/UBL/code lists/&c.
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Mr. G. Ken Holman is the Chief Technology Officer for Crane Softwrights Ltd., a Canadian corporation offering XSL, XSLT, XQuery and XSL-FO language training, and general SGML and XML related computer systems analysis services regarding text markup technologies to international customers. 

Mr. Holman is a co-editor of the OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) 2 specifications and co-chair of the OASIS UBL Technical Committee, an invited expert to the W3C and member of the W3C Working Group that developed XML from SGML, the current Canadian chair of the ISO subcommittee responsible for e-commerce documents, a former international secretary and former Canadian chair of the ISO subcommittee responsible for the SGML family of standards, the founding chair of the OASIS XML Conformance Technical Committee, the founding chair of the OASIS XSLT/XPath Conformance Technical Committee, the founding and current chair of the OASIS Code List Representation Technical Committee, the current chair and technical lead of numerous UBL task groups and subcommittees, the author of training videos and electronically-published and print-published books on XML-related technologies, and has often been a speaker at related conferences. 

In 2012 Mr. Holman was inducted as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor.

Prior to establishing Crane, Mr. Holman spent over 13 years in a software development and consulting services company working in the NAPLPS and the SGML industries.
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