I've tryed to keep diaries like this one in the past, but it never seems to work out. We'll see how this works :|.
Gonna spend some time this weekend learning how to parse XML from jpython, using both the DOM and SAX. This should be interesting. BTW, if you like the java api, but hate having to type so much shit just to something simple, take a look a jpython, python is much more terse than java, and you can get alot more done in fewer LOC than in java.