Pet Peeve of the day; ground rule double

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I’m just watching the Jays beat up on the Mariners on the tube, catching up on email. Raul Ibanez of the Mariners hit a ball deep to right field, just off the line. It bounced once, about 15 feet from the wall, then quietly deposited itself in the front rows of the stands. The announcer, normally a knowledgeable guy, called this a “ground rule double”, as would, I think, most announcers.

Now the thing is, any rule which is uniformly applied, is by definition, not a ground rule, since ground rules are, well, specific to a grounds. So in fact, that wasn’t a ground rule double, it was simply a double, or an “automatic double” if you prefer.

Apparently large scale distributed systems isn’t the only context in which the extent of the applicability of uniformity isn’t fully appreciated. 8-)

Update; ah, yes, Rob Neyer, as usual, nails it.

Service Oriented Enterprise: Entire Software Sector up on Web Services!

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Sigh.
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Lost email

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If you’ve sent me email since Tuesday evening, please resend it, as it appears as though it’s lost … either that, or its stuck in the same queue that resulted in me receiving a message from May 3 today. Some sort of odd interaction between acm.org and my ISP, I think.

Kinetic: One step closer to the righteous day when all Web Services are REST Services…

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“I love the sound of people jumping on a bandwagon in the morning.” 8-)
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The Mountain of Worthless Information – Web + Services

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My comment: “I think the real problem, Ted, is that folks presumed that the ‘Web’ didn’t already have a means of doing ‘services’. It did, and still does. “
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Don’t call me DOM – GRDDL specification updated works with Microformats

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Boo-ya! Just as I was discussing with Tantek about how best to do exactly this, Dom and Dan spec it out.
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Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants: The part no one noticed

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“In a nutshell, that’s what’s wrong with the IT sector as a whole.”. Amen. WS-* anybody?
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Eric’s Archived Thoughts: Microformats and Semantics in Japan

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“In our post-game analysis, Tantek and I felt that the Developers Day track on microformats went incredibly well” +1 !
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Is Fowler a RESTafarian?

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Marc Hadley’s Blog: Introducing WADL

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Hey, not a bad stab at a description language by Marc. It seems to carry along some WSDL baggage though, in that it has both operations and methods(?!?!). Which defines the contract, I wonder?
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