August 31, 2007

Meeting Vint Cerf

I had the opportunity this morning, along with several coworkers, to meet and chat with Vint Cerf, Google's VP and Chief Internet Evangelist. We were honored also to meet his wife, Sigrid, who came with him. What delightful people!

vint-cerf-small.jpg I won't talk about Dr. Cerf's accomplishments. If you don't know who he is and what he's done, you have some homework to do. I've been familiar with his name since my days working as a subcontractor to MCI at the Florida Relay Service. Dr. Cerf was a senior MCI VP at the time, who took particular interest in how well his company was serving deaf and hard-of-hearing people. My beloved boss, Susan Tilson Watson, in her official capacity with TDI, later had the opportunity to award Dr. Cerf the Andrew Saks Engineering Award in 2001 for his contribution to making telecommunications and media more accessible.


August 19, 2007

On this day ...

Nine years ago, I became a dad, Jen became a mom, and the world was introduced to a little girl with endless curiosity, breathtaking creativity, and boundless love for others -- especially for others that are furry. The only thing bigger than her personality is our pride in her.

Fearless - Madeleine looks toward the Cape from the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Happy Birthday, Madeleine! You're half-way to voting age!


August 12, 2007

More on Wikipedia and the Semantic Web

Greg Linden pointed to some more interesting research that stokes my belief that Wikipedia has a lot more to offer the Semantic Web than we've fully realized.

In the paper (PDF) Linden cites, Silviu Cucerzan of Microsoft Research describes a method for improving entity disambiguation that takes advantage of the structure provided by Wikipedia's article titles, disambiguation pages, redirect pages, list pages, categories, and wikitext links.


August 1, 2007

Brian mocks me