OAI-PMH in golang

I was looking at the maturity of golang for data science and for projects in goLang which enable the interaction with OAI-PMH feeds. In my case working with XML is fairly important. I don't see in this XML example how to extract attributes and put those in the struct.


Sidewalk shade

While in Switzerland, one of the things I have appreciated has been shade on the sidewalk.

Building casting shade.

Shade is provided by a combination of trees and buildings, but what is interesting is that as crooked as the streets may be, there always seems to be some part of the sidewalk in the shade. This seems to stand in stark contrast to how sidewalks and road withstand are managed in the USA. One interesting component is perhaps the building height. Here in Switzerland the buildings are three to four floors above ground. Yet there seems to be plenty of sky, light, trees, and sidewalks in the shade. The shade factor is not something I’ve really seen considered in walkability scores for US property and city planning.

Shaded sidewalk.

Traffic circles & crosswalks

A Swiss crosswalk

One of the things that has irritated me quite a bit about crosswalks in Eugene has been their placement relative to intersections. If a driver is supposed to yield to pedestrians, then crosswalk should be extended away from a traffic circle, so that a stopping or yielding vehicle that stops for a pedestrian also does not at the same time I impede traffic in the traffic circle. The crosswalk in the image shown allows for a full bus length between the crosswalk and the traffic circle.

Chocolate Log

Not all chocolates are created equal. This trip has had some which are better than others. This is an opinionated evaluation of dark chocolate. Usually about 54% or 56% dark.

Store brand from delhaze in Belgium.

This one from Belgium tasted great. I rank it a 4 out of 5. it had great taste but lacked just slightly on the cocoa butter content.

From migros in Switzerland.

This was a 2 out of 5. Would not buy again or recommend.

From chocolate shop in Brussels.

This was at least a 4.6 out of 5 and worth taking back to the states.

Migros low end store brand.

This was the same as Frey in a different wrapping.

My long time favorite bar has been Ja! By ReWe, a German grocery… I have heard that it is actually made by nestle. And is certainly a 5 of 5.

Long time favorite.

Belgium by bike

Belgium, specifically Ghent had quite a few interesting bicycles. We also went biking with our friends. Katja was quite happy to be biking on the road and touring the inner city. … though the cobblestone did give her some troubles.

Bike culture surfaces in interesting ways. For example some interesting hitches exist as these are embedded into concrete walls.

Bike hitch.
Bike hitch in wall.

I took some photos of the different ways that parents move their kids about.

Seat behind driver and seat between driver and handlebars.
The long Yuba with room for two or three kids behind. Foot rails and front basket.
Child facing front and back.
Two kids in a bucket with shoulder straps.
Shoulder straps.
With a cover
Two kids upfront.
Two seats in the back.
Two seats with a rail.
Cargo bike in Switzerland
Bike in Germany with full waterproof surround pouch and two batteries.
Full waterproof bag.
Child carrier in Germany
Bitwin in model.

Staying fit

I’ve been checking out Apple fit while traveling in Europe. It has been very motivational. One night I went for a jog, another for a brisk walk just for the sake of closing rings.

I have found I get more steps in if I plan a reasonable distance between waffle sellers, ice cream shops, and French fries sellers.