Ekaterinburg Trip 2 Travelog: Day 4

He walked into the room supported by the caretaker. His walk was stiff and unsteady. He clearly was a child more at ease sitting than walking. The music room with its lights and size overwhelmed him and his eyes darted casting worried glances when they caught the eyes of another. When he spoke, it was […]

3 comments March 26th, 2007

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Ekaterinburg Trip 2 Travelog: Day 3

No words today, just pictures. Click to see.

1 comment March 25th, 2007

Ekaterinburg Trip 2 Travelog: Day 2

The predominant smell of Baby House number 5 is that of boiled potato and cabbage. Underneath that is the laundered clothes being cleaned of exactly what you would imagine 110 children would need to have cleaned from all their clothes. And finally, there is the hint of the heated water in the pipes that heat […]

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Ekaterinburg Trip 2 Travelog: Day 1

Dashca was crying when Yana walked into the room. She had just woken from her nap and was unhappy to find out that the little stuffed dog doll she went to sleep with was taken away. So focused on her misfortune, the words Yana spoke did not immediately register. “Why are you crying today Dascha, […]

2 comments March 23rd, 2007

Ekaterinburg Trip 2 Travelog: Prologue

I sit at a desk crammed with three computes madly typing away as if engaged in some manic symphony. I prepare, with hope, for that day we have been marching towards since the beginning. Our tickets are in hand and we are to fly tomorrow. Even at this late date, there are no certainties. But […]

1 comment March 20th, 2007

FRAMEWORK 101: Building XCF – Lesson 06 – Rendering Responses

All along, the goal of this framework has been to insure that objects inside the framework are completely decoupled from the technology stack. Adding AJAX or switching to a thick client should not result in changes to existing objects. When the object is model oriented, this is easily accomplished. By their very nature, model objects […]

4 comments February 10th, 2007

Agenda Redux Update

It has been a while since I have talked about Agenda Redux and I know some of you check to see what is happening. I apologize for the long delay in updates, but it has been a busy time for me these last six months. Sadly that has translated to little work performed on Agenda […]

7 comments January 15th, 2007

FRAMEWORK 101: Building XCF – Lesson 05 – Building the facade

In all the prior lessons, I showed you how to create the building blocks of the framework. Today, I finally show you how to use those building blocks to define and create facades. The first lesson introduced the core objects and interfaces of the facade, the second lesson introduced objects that model controller behavior, the […]

4 comments January 7th, 2007

Framework 101: Building XCF – Lesson 04: Interpreting XML

It is inevitable that at some point in time, I write again about technology. So I return you to our framework. I began by building a core set of classes. I followed that with a set of classes that will be used to model controller behavior. In the last lesson, I introduced you to a […]

4 comments December 23rd, 2006

Ekaterinburg Trip 1 Travelog: Epilog

Two weeks. Two weeks since we first saw their faces and knew, finally, that these were our children. Two weeks since that day when Tanya and I sat before the directors at the MOE and discovered it was her, our “gift”, the very girl we had seen a year earlier in a chance photo on […]

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