Eric D. Schabell: April 2006

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Queens Day 2006 with my baby girl!

We made it to Queens Day celebrations in Den Bosch this morning, got mostly good weather as the forcast is for bad rain and hail in the afternoon. We wandered about, bought some toys for my daughter from the kids selling off their old ones and even danced a bit in front of a DJ’s podium with my baby girl!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Ride to Nijmegen today!

This morning I did a run to Nijmegen. Started at 0645 to give myself enough time to search out the route should it be necessary but it went quite smoothly. Even with a breakfast pauze by Oos (nice sunrise) I was able to make it from door to door, 55 km’s, in 2 hours and 10 mins.

Some parts of the ride were really good roads, only the part between the new intersection for the A50 to Uden on up to Graven was made of bricks. Rough going and hard to keep your speed up. For the rest I was easily keeping it above 30km/hr with a light wind against me.

Later today I will make the return trip home for a 112 km ride, my longest one day ride yet!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Finished up latest version of Modial parser

Today I finished up the latest version of our Modial parser prototype. It now deals with more complicated texts, displays the grammer, allows for free text input in a form to let users submit text against the parser and is showing it’s xml output once parsed.

You can look at it on (for as long as it is hosted here). ;-)

Sunday, April 23, 2006

A nice ride today from s-Hertogenbosch to Oss and back…

Today I hit the road with a friend that has moved here in the neighborhood and wants to get back into cycling (is a big mountain bike fan). We did an easy run up to Oss and back due to the very new bike path laid out there this year. Smoother than a baby’s butt! As my friend had not ridden in awhile it was nice to have some route without the brick roads to bruise your butt.

We only did a 25 km/hr avg. speed, but was very nice to have someone to chat with on the way. I will be taking the bike to work this week so that will be a real long ride, something like 110km’s. I will let you know how it goes.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

My little helper!

My little helper was working on the attic floor with me just before bedtime:

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Moving to new weblog software.

I have been pointed to this new free software project that supplies rather nice weblog software by a friend of mine. It is called WordPress.

It took me all of 2 minutes to install and seems to have a bit more weblog features that I like beyond the standard 'news' posting features of my website software. Therefore as of yesterday I have moved over to this software.

I will most likely change the themes and add plugins as I continue to explore all the features, so do not be shocked to see the entire look change in the coming weeks. ;-)

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Fast run to Uden today!

I cycled to Uden from home (38.7km) in one hour and 10 mins! Was averaging36km/h outside of the three villages I had to pass through. Was a good ride as the weather was very nice and it ended with a lovely 7 course Easter dinner!

This was a taste of what the summer will be like with sunshine and very little wind, I can't wait!

Monday, April 10, 2006

IRIS Publication Management System v1.0.0 released!

After waiting two weeks for any more bug reports from our users I am happy to say that I released v1.0.0 which holds all the functionality listed in the initail requirements document published as a technical report (see my publications listing on this site).

Right after release, two bugs were of course reported so I fixed those (trivial) and released v1.0.1 with the fixes.

Nice feeling to move on to stable release with a new round of functionality being planned over the next 6 months. I have been turned away from this project to new horizons, so my time will be much more limited. I would like to spend some time refactoring some of the submission code as it became more efficient in the later edit function. I picked up a few tricks along the way and polished up the api even more, so going back to look at the technical report and external publication submission code would be a usefull step. Those are my plans anyway, time will tell if I get to them.

Sunday, April 9, 2006

Couldn't resist a trip on the bike today!

Today I was looking outside at the sun and thinking, time to go for a ride. Bad move.

It was cold! I mean, without over shoes I had freezing toes and my forehead felt like I was eating ice cream way too fast. Ouch! I only made a quick sprint around a village and golf course here in the area, about 18kms. Home in time to watch the pro's on TV as they ran thru the Hell from the North (Paris-Roubaix).

Maybe it will warm up soon? I want to bike to work (Nijmegen)!

Saturday, April 1, 2006

New information regarding PFC Henry L. Hooper

After my trip back thru the states I contacted a family friend who is very into genealogy and very good at it. She did some digging on the first night she got the basic information listed on this site (see PFC Henry L. Hooper). She called me back and stated that she already found where he was born, where he enlisted and could most likely dig up his actual enlistment records if they had not been destroyed in some fire back in Atlanta!

Today I received a letter from my contact containing two pages showing PFC Henry L. Hooper's World War II Army Enlistment Record! I have added this data to the above link. Maybe this will lead to where he died and how.

More as it is uncovered.

PS. This is not an April Fools Day joke either... ;-)