Monday, February 22, 2010

James Beard Semi-Finalists in Masachusetts

Below are the Massachusetts semi-finalists for this years James Beard Awards

I'm going to try to hit every one this year. I'm especially surprised that there are 2 such great restaurants on Nantucket. I'll come back and edit this post with reviews.
Ana SortunOleanaCambridge
Will GilsonGarden at the CellarCambridge
Maura KilpatrickSofra Bakery and CafeCambridge
Richie BarronIl CapriccioWaltham
Dante de MagistrisIl CasaleBelmont
Gabriel Frasca and Amanda LydonStraight Wharf RestaurantNantucket
Steve JohnsonRendezvous in Central SquareCambridge
Michael LaScolaAmerican SeasonsNantucket
Michael LevitonLumièreWest Newton
Tony MawsCraigie on MainCambridge

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I read about Joseph Stack and his crashing a plane into an IRS building. I also read his manifesto. We're here.

This was a reprehensible act by a coward, striking at people who had nothing to do with his problems. Nothing out of this should be glorified nor used as an example. It's also an amazing trap for the conservative zealots. Just like you can't blame Israel or our Foreign policy for 9/11, you can't blame the government for this. As unfair as taxes are right now, it is not cause for murder.

I expect Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh to reveal themselves as the anti-american dirtballs they are by implying that this was justified, and that there will be more.

I likewise expect anti-liberty professional politicians to blame this on the "Tea Baggers." They would be equally mistaken. People speaking out against the government is exactly the sort of thing that EASES tensions like this. It doesn't mean however that they won't try to curtail our liberties more as a response to this.

There is a contract between men that we call the rule of law. Without the rule of law -- without the guarantee of liberty and equality of opportunity -- there is no justice. There is certainly a time and place for civil disobedience, but the key word is civil.

I fear however, this is the spark to something really nasty, unless we all speak out. So here's my bit:

I think that government has gone astray, but I respect the constitution and the rule of law. We must reform the country, but we must do so peacefully, and within the rule of law. If we cannot do so without violence, then the system we think we are defending is gone, and there is nothing worth fighting for.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Did you ever wonder if you can have 2 servlets.xml files?

My new employer uses a machine generated servlets.xml. I'm not sure why someone thought that was a win, but whatever. My new part of the application is being rapidly developed and I didn't want to have to regen the servlets.xml file whever I added something, nor did I want to manually edit a file that says at the top "DO NOT EDIT BY HAND" (even though I did at first).

My solution was to add an entity to the web.xml


<!DOCTYPE web-app [

    <!ENTITY servlets SYSTEM "servlets.xml">



<!DOCTYPE web-app [

    <!ENTITY servlets SYSTEM "servlets.xml">

    <!ENTITY objectServlets SYSTEM "objectServlets.xml">


And then futher into web.xml




And of course I made the objectServlets.xml file in the same dir and format as servlets.xml