Monday, December 22, 2008

2008 In Review

Merry Christmas from the Hudson Family!

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From 2008 in Review

We have had a great year! We spent a week in Washington DC in May learning more about our country. It was great to see all the things that we had been reading about in school. We went back to Juarez, Mexico for the week of Thanksgiving serving, playing, feeding and witnessing to the people there. God showed up in amazing ways providing just enough food for the amount of people we had and protecting our team in a very violent area.

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Collin - 2008 was good because I have love, joy, peace, and kindness. I like going to karate with Connor. I liked going on the Subway in Washington DC. It was really fun playing soccer in Mexico with all the kids who were really, really, good! I like memorizing the book of James in school.

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Caileigh - I had a good year. The best was having a sleep over with Carli and Didi Bulow. The boys were gone so I had a whole week alone with Mom doing girl things. I have been taking Irish Dance which I really like. In school we learned about Fungi, which was really interesting. We went to Mexico and I was able to see a girl open my shoebox present. I liked going to Jenny's Feeding Center in Juarez and serving food. Merry Christmas!

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Connor - My favorite things this year was being on a First Lego League team and having my 10th Birthday at the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. I enjoy doing Karate and am going to test for my yellow belt soon. I am enjoying Singapore Math in school.

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Dawn - I continue to homeschool the kids, Connor is in 6th grade and the twins are in 3rd grade. They are a joy to teach and we so enjoy being together. This year marked a difference with the amount of activities (karate, Irish Dance, soccer, piano etc) that the kids were in so it seemed like I spent a majority of my late afternoons playing chauffeur. I am very grateful that we got a new car in April so the car time was much more pleasant ( I love my Subaru Tribeca - it makes me smile). I spent Nov and Dec directing the Christmas play at church which turned out well - other than the fact that I completely forgot the last song. Oh well, no one's perfect ( I am almost perfect- like Mary Poppins).

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Scott - I'm still an XML consultant and active in several OASIS technical committees. This year, I expanded my horizons and decided to coach a First Lego League team. We set our expectations to having fun and learning. At Regionals, we tied for 5th place and won the FLL Rising Stars award! I have a new call sign this year, too: W0XML (yeah, pretty geeky). I also can't forget my new ride! I got a Honda Shadow Aero in January and have been commuting almost daily to work. At 55mpg, it's quite an improvement over the truck!

From 2008 in Review

As this year ends and the new year begins, we pray that God will bless you and yours. With all our love,

Scott, Dawn, Connor, Caileigh and Collin

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Back from Juarez, MX

We're back, despite over half the team coming down with stomach flu at the end of the trip. Here are some pictures from this amazing trip:

Details to follow later, but we fed almost 1,000 people who might not have had a meal otherwise. There's been a lot of scary news about Juarez lately, too, so it's easy to see that these people really needed and appreciated the help.

P.S. I got the head cold instead of the stomach flu -- one more thing I'm thankful for...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thanksgiving for Mexico

Some of you may think we're headed to Cabo or some exotic location, from the title of my post. Quite the contrary, we are headed to Juarez, Mexico for Thanksgiving this year.

"Change" has been a big theme in the media and political spectrum this year, but we've been planning to return to help the poor in Mexico since we last helped out 2 years ago. We are working to Change peoples lives as best we can. We would appreciate your thoughts and prayers, as there have been over 1000 homicides in Juarez this year.

For those interested, here are some specifics:

  • Sunday - Travel day. Please pray for our time together, the blending of our team, the safety of our bus, and calm hearts for us as we go into a place very different than Boulder County.
  • Monday - Bethel Orphanage and Agua Viva Senior Men's Home. We will be spending the day loving the kids and these "grown up" orphans. We will share a meal together, share the Gospel, and mostly provide a visit in Jesus' name. Please pray that we would be bold and not timid and make the most of sharing with these sweet new friends quickly.
  • Tuesday - Bethel Orphanage. There is something wonderful about spending two days in an orphanage. To be able to say to the kids on Monday, "Hasta mañana" is simply the best! We will play soccer, basketball, football and other games with the kids this day. Pray for us as we leave part of our hearts behind as we say, "Adios" to our new friends on Tuesday afternoon and believe that God is with them always.
  • Wednesday - Brother Ray's Feeding Center/Church. Today we will worship with Mexican brothers and sisters, we will help feed 200 people and minister to Jenny Tapia and her small band of servants who work faithfully in this place each week.
  • Thursday - Loma Blanca Colonia ("White Hill"). Today we will serve a big Mexican feast to the colonia. We may have 400 people. Please pray that we have enough food, that there be a real sense of peace and calm on this place, that we will not be stopped by the poverty that we see and instead see this neighborhood with the eyes of Jesus. We will also share a puppet show with a theme of "Do Not Be Afraid, God is Always with Us!" Pray for strength and good relationships on the team because today we will begin to be very tired.
  • Friday - Loma Blanca Colonia. Today we will have a health fair for adults and kids. We will share the importance of good spiritual, nutritional, emotional, community health. We will also be doing a mini "Operation: Christmas Child" and deliver shoebox presents to the kids.
  • Saturday - Travel Day. Again pray for safety and for sweet reflection on all that we've seen this week.

I would encourage you to make a difference this Thanksgiving. Help out in a food kitchen or invite those without family over for Thanksgiving dinner. We have so much to be thankful for, even in these tough economic times.

Vaya con Dios!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

FLL Rising Stars!

This was our first year in First Lego League, so we had no idea what to expect when we started the season. The plan was to learn how to build a robot, program it, learn about climate and have fun!

The season started on September 5, and our team was able to meet once a week for about 2 hours. We tried to split the work up during each meeting, with some focused on research and some on building or programming. We made sure to rotate the work, so everyone got a chance to experience every aspect of the project. We also attended a Rookie Booster event, which helped get us on the right track and build some confidence.

The Regional Qualifier tournament was held yesterday at Monarch High School. It was a blast! There were 24 teams, so it was a very active place. It was fun to talk to the other teams about their experiences and see all of the different designs to accomplish the same tasks. The boys were a little nervous at the beginning, but they acted with gracious professionalism and most importantly: had fun!

Thankfully, our first competition run was absolutely perfect for the tasks we had programmed. We scored 120 points and, too our complete amazement, were in first place for the first 2 rounds! Our 2nd and 3rd rounds had some alignment issues, so our scores were considerably lower. Since they take the best of three rounds, our first round kept us in 5th place!

We were even more surprised during the award ceremony, the judges awarded our team with the FLL Rising Stars award! From the FLL site, this award is given to "teams that the judges notice and believe will soon be among the best and the brightest. The Rising Star Award recognizes a team that the judges believe stands out and that we expect great things from in future Challenges." Of particular mention, the judges thought our use of our robot arm and captured buoy to activate the storm mission was particularly innovative.

I'm very proud of our Hurricane Buster Bots team: David, Connor, Drew and Caleb. I look forward to next year!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New versions of Jing and Trang!

Woohoo! after almost 5 years, James Clark has released a new version of Jing and Trang. They are available at:

I've run into a few issues with trang and XSD in the past. Hopefully this addresses some of those issues? Will run a few tests and post my results...

UPDATE:Sigh. Trang still won't convert XSD to RNG. XSD continues to be the biggest thorn in my side. Long live RelaxNG!

UPDATE 2:Good news! This feature is on the "someday" list:

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Vote Fett '08

I just had to carve a campaign slogan for my favorite political character...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Scott voted by mail. You can't complain, if you don't exercise your right!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Scott is no longer KC0BAX. I am now Whiskey-Zero-Xray-Mike-Lima (W0XML)!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

If you're not RelaxNG, you're working too hard!

This has been my favorite catch phrase, now it's my bumper sticker. The beauty, is that it can be yours too! Everything is sold at cost, so I'm not in this to make a profit, just to spread the word!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Save Colorado ranch lands!

I grew up on a ranch in southeastern Colorado. While I don't want to be a rancher, it's an important part of my heritage, and I'm proud to support those who try to make a living in a tough economic climate with hard work and determination.

Unfortunately, the US Army is trying to make it even harder! If you aren't familiar with the Pinon Canyon site and proposed expansion, I encourage you to visit also urge you to sign the petition, even if you don't live anywhere near Pinon Canyon or eastern Colorado!

The fact is, I DO support our servicemen and love our country. What I don't understand is why the Army wants to take Colorado land from ranchers and turn it into a live fire range! Aren't there ACRES of desert in Nevada, Arizona or New Mexico that are inhospitable to everything but scorpions and rattlesnakes? Why not use those instead of ruining land that actually can sustain grass? In reference to my point, I recently got an email from "Not 1 More Acre!", a grassroots organization trying to fight this expansion:

July 9, 2008

Letter to the editor
Chicago Tribune

Anyone even remotely familiar with the Army's efforts to destroy 1,000 square miles of native grasslands in southeastern Colorado will find the picture of an environmentally friendly military created in your story "Army's challenge: Be lean, mean - and green" (July 5) to be greenwash.

Despite the clear opposition of local ranchers and counties, the Colorado state legislature, and Congress, the Pentagon remains hell-bent on tripling the size of Fort Carson's 238,000-acre Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site to create a high-tech multi-service battleground roughly four times the size of the city of Chicago. The proposal to dramatically increase the number of live-fire exercises, heavy vehicle traffic, pyrotechnics and the use of incendiary and highly toxic weapons systems will devastate the last intact shortgrass steppe in the American Great Plains.

Grasslands are now the most endangered ecosystem on earth and the interconnected grassland ecosystems of southeastern Colorado and northern New Mexico are of local and global significance. At stake is the key role the shortgrass steppe plays as precious and unique wildlife habitat, as a hedge against another Dust Bowl, as a recharge area for critical groundwater supplies and as an important form of carbon storage and gas recycling for a planet imperilled by global warming. The region's unique combination of canyonlands, forested mesas and grasslands contains critical riparian systems that support a diverse range of flora and fauna found nowhere else. These ecosystems - now functioning in equilibrium - cannot be replaced if destroyed.

The Army's expansion would also force generational family ranchers from their lands, people who have a long history of working sustainably with the land and of making a vital contribution to the food security of the nation.

It is well past time that our national political leadership put an end to the Army's real estate take-over of southeast Colorado. Hybrid Humvees and solar panels are no compensation for the irreparable environmental harm the Army's grandiose expansion will visit upon this unique environment.


Andy Stahl
Executive Director

Purgatoire, Apishapa & Comanche Grassland Trust
Not 1 More Acre!
PO Box 773
Trinidad, Colorado 81082

The fact is, there is already a huge maneuver area in the Pinon Canyon area. I bet it's big enough for plenty of tanks, hummers and other vehicles and soldiers. It's the expansion big enough to make it a live fire range that has me worried. My great-grandfather collected over 3,000 indian arrowheads and other artifacts from the area. In fact, his collection is in a museum in Trinidad. There are many native american artifacts that will be damaged or unreachable if this expansion goes through. It's a bad idea from an environmental, historical, economical, political and relational point of view!

Also under threat are the largest dinosaur track sites in the US, pictographs made by the region's original inhabitants, Native American sacred sites and Hispanic placitas. Scars carved into the landscape from wagons traveling on the Santa Fe Trail are reminders of the fragility of the native grasslands. The threat of military takeover prompted the National Trust for Historical Preservation to place the area surrounding Piñon Canyon on its list of America's most endangered historical places.

Copies of all relevant legislation and other documents can be found at

Please consider supporting keeping Colorado ranch and grass lands in the hands of their best trustees: the Colorado ranchers!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Firefox World Record Download Day

Get Firefox 3 for free, and help set a world record!

Check it out!

UPDATE:Firefox 3 will be available today at 17:00 UTC (11am MDT)

Monday, June 16, 2008

DocBook groups on Plaxo and LinkedIn

For those of you interested, I've set up a DocBook group on Plaxo ( and LinkedIn. Please join if you are interested in DocBook or in networking with DocBook professionals!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Successful, but non-restful vacation

Whew! We just got back from a whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C. Since the kids will be studying American History next year (Exploration to 1850), we thought we would have a little hands-on field trip to help secure a tangible picture of where some of these events took place!

Here's what we saw:

As I said, successful, but not restful. We walked our legs off, even with the DC Metro ferrying us! Our feet were killing us.

I did find a very cool tool to help with the planning and coordination of the trip. I had been using Dopplr, but a friend recommended TripIt. I would HIGHLY recommend TripIt. Setting up my itinerary was as easy as forwarding mail from my hotel, rental car, airlines and tours, and it tied it all up in one convenient location for me. Check it out!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Metadata and Interoperability

Jim Earley has a very thoughtful post on metadata interoperability:

As part of DocBook v5, we added the ability to include content from other namespaces in the <info> block to support adding Dublin Core directly in your content. The <info> element's purpose is to house metadata that is not intended for display, so it's a really good fit.

Jim's argument, is that the various standards out there (DocBook, DITA, ODF at a minimum) should move to Dublin Core for metadata, and stop re-inventing the wheel. Dublin Core is an internationally accepted standard for metadata, so why not use it directly?!

I whole-heartedly agree. This approach would add more compatibility between standards, and maybe even facilitate better search! Along with that, Dublin Core is extensible, so it shouldn't be too difficult to add additional metadata fields if you need to.

more on DocBook vs. DITA

Teresa Mulvihill has written an article on DocBook vs. DITA at:

It's a well thought-out article, but I'd like to make a few clarifications:

As you may know, Jim Earley and I have presented on this topic and our Doc Standards Interoperability Framework at several conferences, and still hope to form an OASIS TC on document standards interoperability.

In the article, Teresa states:

"DocBook is hierarchical by nature, and must be developed to allow for single-sourced content. DocBook has a fixed element and attribute set."

I've successfully used and recommended single-sourcing approaches with DocBook, without additional development. It's quite easy to set up a book or article and use XIncludes or even file entity references to pull in content from a common pool of content structures (usually section or chapter).

It's also fairly easy to extend the elements and attributes in DocBook. This has been made even easier with DocBook v5.0 and RelaxNG. In fact, the DocBook Subcommittee for Publishers that I chair, has helped organize the source patterns for DocBook v5 with a modular approach, enabling easier customizations to be created. Our subcommittee has created a customization geared specifically to publishers, without all of the technical blocks and inlines in full DocBook. This significantly reduces the tag set for folks that do not produce software or technical documentation to use the DocBook standard for general publishing!

DocBook can generate more than PDF, HTML and HTMLHelp. The docbook-xsl-1.73.2 stylesheet distribution supports: html, htmlhelp, javahelp, manpages, xhtml, Word roundtrip, slides and websites!

I would also argue that DocBook can be used on very high volume documentation projects, as well as small and medium projects. Just ask Sun, HP, various Linux distros, and more listed here:

You might also find Norm's blog on DocBook vs. DITA interesting:

We are also working on some exciting developments for the Interoperability Framework, so stay tuned!

Monday, April 14, 2008

DocBook vs. DITA: revisited

The Content Wrangler has published a very interesting article by Dick Hamilton on choosing an XML schema.

I get asked very similar questions all the time! I think I'll start sending folks to this article as recommended reading...

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Farewell, Young Arius

One of the greatest, Oscar-winning actors of our times has passed away. Godspeed, Mr. Heston!

Charlton Heston starred in many of my favorite movies, chief among them: "Ben Hur", "The Ten Commandments" and "Planet of the Apes". He was in over 125 movie and TV productions, so he was very active.

My wife had the honor of meeting him at a CBA convention. You'll have to ask her about it!

I also appreciate the amount of work he did for the NRA and other conservative organizations. He will be missed!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

First tank of gas!

I had to get my first tank of gas in my bike today. The main ran out at about 135 miles, and I had at least a 5 mile reserve (before I found a gas station). So, at 140 miles, I put in 2.865 gallons of gas, giving me 48.8 MPG.

I'm sure I'm not the most efficient at shifting yet, so I think I can get that to 55 with more experience. Still, much better than the 13 MPG my truck is getting!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Problems in the air with a new Airbus 320

My flight home last night from DC was on one of Frontier's brand new Airbus 320s. While they didn't have any onboard TV this week, that was not the problem I'm talking about! We had to make an emergency landing in St. Louis because of cabin pressurization problems.

We were wondering if the oxygen masks were going to deploy, or if our eardrums were going to burst! Apparently, the cabin pressure kept climbing after the pressurization controller failed. The captain said it got to 9000 feet of pressure, and the the masks wouldn't have deployed until it reached 14,000 feet. I don't know what the standard pressure is for a normal flight.

The pilot was very professional and got us information quickly and had the plane on the ground in 15 minutes. I can only imagine the coordination that had to happen to get us down that fast! After a 30 minute repair and an hour of paperwork, we safely finished the flight back to Denver.

I still don't really like takeoffs in this new plane. It feels like the plane is a little soft or shifty in the tail.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Go n-eírí an bóthar leat.

May the road rise with you.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I found several wonderful Irish blessings here today:

We watched Patriot Games on Saturday (sans kids), and watched Riverdance this morning. We tried in vain to find a copy of The Quiet Man, but nobody carries it anymore! What's the deal with that? It's one of the most classic Irish movies to watch on St. Patrick's Day, IMO! We ordered from Amazon but won't get it until Friday.

A funny side note: The kids won't watch Darby O'Gill and the Little People, because the Banshee scares them. I think it's fun to see Sean Connery early in his career!

We're planning to have Corned Beef and Cabbage and Irish soda bread (sans caraway) for dinner tonight. Caileigh has been taking Irish dance from McTeggart Irish Dance studio ( for a few months now, but wasn't quite ready to march in the St. Patrick's parade in Denver on Saturday with her troupe.

May your day be touched
by a bit of Irish luck,
brightened by a song in your heart,
and warmed by the smiles
of the people you love.

Friday, March 07, 2008

OpEd: Orwellian practices in California

A friend sent me the following, and I totally agree. The recent decision by Orwellian, er, California judges frightens the living daylights out of me. An extremely dangerous precedence to be setting:

A California Court of Appeal recently decided that homeschooling is illegal in California unless the parent is a certified teacher. This was a decision made in secrecy under the guise of juvenile protection. It was a result of one specific family accused of abusing the system - whether they were are not I don't know - however the three presiding judges decided that all home schooling in the state going forward would be illegal.

When you consider this along with the November 2005 ruling Fields v. Palmdale School District, you have a government that says they can, and will, take your children for six hours a day and teach them whatever they want, and we as parents have no legal right to participate in or influence their education.

I don't need to go into how this effects us in other states. We need to fight this no matter what state you're in. Whether you deal directly with home schooling in your family or not, this is an egregious attack on our liberties. Please visit the links in this email to educate yourself on the issue. If you have a fast internet connection, listen to Dr. Dobson and his guests on today's show where they explain the issue in detail.

Finally, please sign this petition at the Home School Legal Defense Association's web site. If accepted, it will limit the scope of this decision to just the one family initially involved in the case rather than punishing the 200,000 home schooling families in California. They also want signatures from those outside California to show the outrage extends beyond their state.

Please forward this email to others, and lets put a stop to this nonsense.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

DocBook v5.0 now an official Committee Draft!

I'm pleased to announce that DocBook v5.0 is now an official Committee Draft! The schema can be downloaded here:

This is the result of several years work. Special thanks to all of the Committee members involved:

    * Steve Cogorno, Sun Microsystems
    * Gary Cornelius, Individual
    * Adam Di Carlo, Debian
    * Paul Grosso, Arbortext
    * Dick Hamilton, Individual
    * Nancy Harrison, IBM
    * Scott Hudson, Individual
    * Mark Johnson, Debian
    * Gershon Joseph, Tech-Tav Documentation Ltd.
    * Jirka Kosek, Individual
    * Larry Rowland, Hewlett-Packard
    * Michael Smith, Individual
    * Robert Stayton, Individual (Secretary)
    * Norman Walsh, Sun Microsystems (Chair, Editor)

Next step: OASIS standard!

Super Tuesday, indeed!

I went to my first party caucus on Tuesday. Apparently many others also attended for the first time!

The chair of the caucus was stunned, saying that on average, attendance is about 2 people per precinct. This year, that number was about 40 per precinct! At this caucus, we had about 1000 people in attendance, though I don't know for sure how many precincts were represented. They even ran out of ballots (by about 400!) and had to race to get more printed!

Speaking with a colleague last night who attended the other party's caucus, they had the same situation: many first-timers, and high attendance!

I think this is a very good sign. It means that people are taking this next election seriously and getting involved. No matter which party you align with, it's important to exercise the freedoms our forefathers fought for and our Armed Services continue to fight for.

As a result, I signed up to be a delegate to the county, district and state assemblies. Why not? It's time to get involved!

Democracy at work. I love it!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008


So, Sunday afternoon, my wife and I were enjoying a movie in our room before going to a Superbowl party at a friends house. The kids were having quiet reading time in their rooms. All of a sudden, we heard a very loud BANG somewhere downstairs.

We raced downstairs to figure out what had happened and couldn't find anything! Then when it was time to hop in the van and head out to the Superbowl party, the garage door wouldn't open! Much inspection ensued. I pulled the red emergency release on the door from the garage opener, but the door seemed about 100 times heavier than normal! I couldn't lift it to save my life. Then I noticed it, the main spring on the door was now in two pieces. The spring had snapped, and somehow, half of the spring was holding the door down under tension!

Thankfully, since I had recently bought my new motorcycle but hadn't cleared the 3rd car garage to make room for it, I had parked my truck in the driveway. We had a way to get around town, though cramped, for 5 people. We had bought an opener for the 3rd car, and Sears was supposed to send a guy on Tuesday to install it.

Realizing that I needed someone who could do repairs to both garage doors and also install the new opener, I remembered a recent post on Blue Sky Workshop about Arko Garage Doors. I gave them a call, and they had all the parts available and could come out Monday afternoon! They did a great job on the install and had the best prices in town based on my earlier searches. I would HIGHLY recommend Arko.

Now we can use both garage doors again, and no longer trapped inside!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

First ride

The roads still aren't in that great of condition to be fully out and about, so my first ride was just around the neighborhood to get used to my new bike. Of course, as soon as I got home and attempted the first ride, I found out the battery was drained, despite taking it for a test ride earlier at the dealer.

After a night of battery charging, the bike was finally ready for my first ride!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

My new ride!

You may remember that I took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation basic rider course back in September. Slowly I've been gathering equipment for the last few months, but have been lacking my set of wheels!

I've done a ton of research and had my heart set on a liquid-cooled, shaft drive bike with low miles. I had also grown quite sweet on the Honda Shadow Aero, though I also considered the Honda Shadow Spirit, Kawasaki Vulcan and Suzuki Marauders. Originally, I had looked at the Yamaha V-Stars, too, but they are not liquid-cooled, so quickly fell out of the running. All of my other bike expert friends (Kirk, Mike, Cliff, Tony, Gary, Fred, and Mark) convinced me that my first bike should be in the 750-800cc range. This week my friend, Bill, sent me a few links to craigslist and on ebaymotors.

One particular bike on ebay caught my attention and I called up the dealer to see what they would be willing to sell it to me directly for. Kris and the guys at Maverick Motorsports in Laramie, Wyoming were absolutely terrific, and gave me a great deal on my dream bike!

Without further adieu, here it is: my 2004 Honda Shadow Aero with 2200 miles on it!

I rode it around the neighborhood today to get used to it, and can't wait for it to be my full-time commuter!