Bookcase 0.5 Released

I just released Bookcase 0.5. I’m rather happy with it. I have changed the DTD, so files saved from version 0.5 will be different than those from 0.4. If you care, backup your files, and don’t use an old version of Bookcase to try to open newer files.

I added several fomatting options for printing, as well as the capability to select which fields get printed. You can also select which columsn to view in the list view by clicking on the header. Dragging the columns rearranges their order.

I added XSL stylesheets for importing from Bibtexml and exporting to both Bibtex and Bibtexml.

I haven’t finished the feature for importing data from the Internet. Ultimately, I want to use a KIO slave, so I’m working on kio_z3950r, which will allow for powerful searches for the Library of Congress and other large librairies.


I Raq and I Roll

Not to be out-done by Darryl Worley, Clint Black also has released a song about Iraq and war. The lyrics for I Raq and I Roll are somewhat better than for Have You Forgotten?. It’s an all-around fun song, I think, for the military, and they’ve made the mp3 file available.


I wonder if that’s an intentional reference to the Don’t Tread On Me flag from the American Revolutionary War.

The beginnings of the kio_z3950r slave

I just threw up the first, very rough version of kio_z3950r – a kio slave for the z39.50 protocol. This is what I’ll ultimately use for internet searches from Bookcase.

KIOSlaves, in general, have me very confused, and they are very difficult to debug. But this first version works, or at least, it allows me to search the Library of Congress server for certain query terms. Now I just need to figure out how to parse USMARC output.

Release candidate for Bookcase 0.5

I can make myself feel all important by saying I have a Release Candidate for Bookcase. Actually, I just wanted to give the couple of folks who offered to do translations a chance to update them before I put together the Bookcase 0.5 tarball. I fixed a pretty big bug with latin2 character sets, added some GUI enhancements, and a new printing configuration dialog. My XSLT files are horrible crap and needlessly messy, but they seem to get the job done.

The format of the Bookcase data file has changed. So version 0.5 can read 0.4 just fine, but don’t try to open a file you saved from version 0.5 in version 0.4 because you’ll lose some data. I’m updating the DTD, of course. Basically, the entries where I had them separated by a semi-colon in the data file, I broke apart into separate elements. Makes for easier parsing from XSLT, in particular.

I didn’t get around to adding an internet query or lookup function. I’m working on a KIO slave for the z39.50 protocol, which should allow for online searches via ISBN or what-have-you, but it’s rather tricky. I think that’ll be in the next version.

Update: Bookcase 0.5 is released, so I removed the release candidate.

Love and Thunder

I’ve been listening for the past week or so to the new album from Andrew Peterson called Love and Thunder. I really like it. I saw Andrew Peterson play in Boston several years ago, and really liked his down-home-ness, his clear faith, and the fun he seemed to have while playing. I actually recommended him to my brother who subsequently pulled him in to play one summer at Camp Westminster.

Andrew peterson often gets compared with Rich Mullins, which is both a service and a disservice. On the one hand, Mullins was an extremely gifted song-writer and singer, and to be compared to him is quite the compliment. On the other hand, Andrew Peterson shouldn’t be pigeon-holed into only being what Rich Mullins was. In his own way, he’s much more.

My favorite song on Love and Thunder is High Noon which has a dusty, Western feel to it, a showdown between good and evil. (Unfortunately, I can’t find the lyrics online to link to them) In second place is After The Last Tear Falls, which is a slower, more thoughtful song. On the whole, so far, I like Love and Thunder better than Clear to Venus but less than Carried Along.

The horror of blimps

The horror of blimps has to be one of the funniest true-life stories I’ve read in a very long time.

On this occasion I awoke to the sense that there was a large menacing presence approaching me silently out of the gloom, so I opened my eyes, and there it was! A LARGE SILENT MENACING PRESENCE WAS APPROACHING ME OUT OF THE GLOOM, AND IT COULD FLY!!!

Super Cool Photo From Columbia

Check this out.

It’s a very neat photo, unfortunately taken from the Columbia, of sunrise over western Europe. Rush Limbaugh describes it as:

It was taken from the shuttle Columbia on its last mission and relayed by satellite, which is why we have it. What you see is the sunset in western Europe. There are no clouds in this picture. You can see much of Africa, all of western Europe, half of it at nighttime because the sun has set, the other half in broad daylight. You can clearly see Great Britain, Scotland, the British Isles, Spain, the Sahara desert.

UPDATE: I should have checked this out. It’s a fake according to Snopes: Sunset from Space

Wow, a little German publicity

I check my referrers regularly, and I’ve been getting a lot of hits lately from a German magazine called LinuxUser, some info in English. It turns out they just ran an article on Bookcase in the March edition. Wow! The Google translation gives me an idea of what the article says, very fair and even a bit complimentary.

Two comments I have. First, Bookcase version 0.5 should be out shortly, and I have added search capability, which answers one of their wishlist items. Second, from their screenshot, it appears that for books with multiple authors, they have separated the names with a slash (‘/’). If they would use a semi-colon (‘;’) instead, then Bookcase would automatically split them individually in the group view. I may email them about that. But it’s so cool