This photo was taken by Ron Dahlquist yesterday off Maui.
Personally, I got up early to go for a swim in a whale-rich bay this morning and the surf was up and I forgot to shave so my mask kept flooding. It sucked (for sufficiently small values of “sucked”).
OASIS, the international open standards consortium, has formed a new technical committee to extend the Web Services Business Processes Execution Language (WS-BPEL) to support human interactions.
BPEL4People is comprised of WS-BPEL Extension for People and Web Services Human Task. The WS-HumanTask spec explains that:
Human tasks, or briefly tasks enable the integration of human beings in service-oriented applications. This document provides a notation, state diagram and API for human tasks, as well as a coordination protocol that allows interaction with human tasks in a more service-oriented fashion and at the same time controls tasks’ autonomy.
Man, I am so bummed I’m no longer on any standards committees.