Monthly Archives: August 2003

Templating (Also: ARGH)

Aaron Brady writes about templating in Python at

Been there, done that, got the T-Shirt ;-)

We wrote a templating tool for Java JTemplater, just when Webmacro seemed to be stalling and not reaching version one, just before the Velocity project started.

Partly this was over licensing, partly over what we felt to be better practice, partly to get around some bugs. Whatever, it was a mistake, fortunately we learnt lots and were able to move easily to Velocity which we still use.

Today’s Worship

Oh how good it was to get back to Church to Worship this morning, in fact I was so looking forward to it that I slipped out on my own to get to the 9:30 service and then the family arrived for Kids Praise and the Celebration service.

Anyway, two lovely services one by Bill Prince and the other by Eddie Newton. Both followed the Salt theme which was based on the story of the healing of Naaman (2 Kings 5: 1-18).

Interesting to reflect how vital the “unimportant” people were in the story, particularly the Slave girl from Israel and Naamans servant. Reminds me of the post the other day about slavery it is NOT God who abandons people or ceases to love them, it is us! May God break through our pride as he broke through Naamans to let us listen to those who we have abandoned and who we don’t love.

The attitude of Jesus to outcasts was and is always one of love, compassion and friendship. What a disaster for us and his world that we so often don’t follow him. We don’t need anything but our own attitudes to people seeking asylum; people fleeing war, persecution or poverty; people without jobs, money, family, friends; people addicted to drugs and so many others to condem us.

I don’t know how I could cope with that guilt and condemnation without the forgiving, healing and hopeful love of Christ, knowing that the Spirit is at work throughout the world bring love, peace and Gods Kingdom.

Jane says “Isn’t that enough”!

Tonights ride is a loop I have done many times in the past. It includes some hills both up and down, total distance tonight 11.11 miles.

When I told Jane that I had managed 40.7mph her reaction was “Isn’t that enough”. Of course I said no, but in fact wearing my normal glasses I would not be able to go much faster because my eyes were watering so much.

Anyway just after the record speed (accompanied by loud shouts of Whee, and Yippee) I paused and took these photos, looks like I will need a tripod next time (and a lot more skill – still fun trying).




I still hate frames.

Why is it that so many of the sites linked to in my last post (Trike trailer/garage) use them? It makes it dificult to give a link for a specific page because not all of them load the frame around it when the url of the specific frame element is given.

Please don’t use frames – ever!

By the way for the view sof one expert: Jakob Nielsen on Usability and Web Design see:

“Top Ten Mistakes” Revisited (Alertbox May 1999)

Frames Suck Most of the Time (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox December 1996)

[Updated: 6 October 2003]

Trike trailer/garage

A few people have asked where we keep the trikes. Here is the answer.


The trike trailer doubles as a garage for the trikes. Currently Trice X2 tandem, Kettwiesel, Road Shark, KMX and Trets trailer trike.

The Laser Pico keeps it all dry ;-)

In the foreground on the right you can see the Bikes at Work spine trailer complete with box (from Homebase, designed for your garden furniture cushions) loaded up with garden rubbish.

Dad’s job

So why is it that Dad always gets the job of emptying the porta potti during and after camping trips? Anyway got my own back this time – it was not me who cleaned the outside of it.



Thanks to Jeffrey Zeldman Presents: The Daily Report “21st Century Slaves” for the reminder and link to an article in the National Geographic.

This is a tip of the iceberg. An online extra in the National Geographic reminds us: There are more than 300,000 Indian children working in the carpet industry – most of them slaves.

Goto if you are from the US, or, or

Like Fair Trade is this an area where individuals can make a difference.