Whew. After a couple of days of making myself use XSLT to parse a simple XML database into something useful for my home page, I think I finally have a reasonable handle on both XSLT and XPATH (although I do have a headache now; why they're specified separately, I'll never know...one would seem to be an academic curiosity without the other). Unfortunately, the version of PHP bundled with Red Hat Linux doesn't have support for XSLT; oh well, xsltproc from the libxslt package does the job just fine for now, until I can get PHP rebuilt. (Hmmm, maybe now is a good time to just bite the bullet and cut over completely to Apache 2 while I'm at it.)
In another fit of energy, I finally got Tomcat installed in a semi-production form, and I converted over the netlogic website (as-yet unreleased) from PHP to JSP (it was really just some simple templating, so the conversion was easy and served to demonstrate that yes, I did in fact get the Tomcat working). If you work with this stuff and use an RPM-based system of some kind, you really want to see the JPackage project; they've done a spiffy job of packaging up almost everything the Jakarta Apache project has put together (except, unfortunately, mod_jk). Definitely a time-saver trying to get all the dependancies right.
More modifications to the car, and I've been getting a serious itch to get out to the track and get some quarter-mile times. New business cards ordered, which reflect the fact that I have a registered corporation name now; just need to get the damn logo done (which means I'll probably be digging back into SVG; it's funny, every time I want to learn a new "thing", I find a good non-trivial project to do with said thing, and make myself accomplish it...seems to work for me, anyway). Other than that, still trying to market myself in the local area, and watching the declining bank balance; isn't being a free agent fun? ;-)