Care to dance?

Posted on 04 November 2007 by jose

I impulse-bought this a couple of months ago:

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Playing around with Shelfari

Posted on 03 November 2007 by jose

In theory, this should drop a bookcase view of some of the books on my shelf:

ETA: It doesn't really work. I'd have to debug the Shelfari table CSS, which, lame. Instead, I'll use the text Shelfari widget, which also has the cool paging feature. At this point, though, I've got 215 books listed, so paging may take a while.


Posted on 01 November 2007 by jose

Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and I haven't written word one. Looks like another failed attempt this year.

I am covered with shame! I dare not even appear at one of the local WriMo events!

Well, we'll see.

The Red Sox just won the World Series!

Posted on 29 October 2007 by jose

The Red Sox just swept the Rockies to win the World Series! Former Marlins Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell were a huge part of this, as were the rookies: Papelbon, Pedroia, Ellsbury, Matsuzaka, Okajima. Even J.D. Drew pitched in!

I can't believe sportscasters are still talking about a curse. There was no curse. Get over it.


How I spent my Saturday morning

Posted on 28 October 2007 by jose

I carved my first pumpkin today. I liked pretending that I was a mad neurosurgeon bent on lobotomizing by scooping out the brains. Pumpkin guts are gross. Anyway, with most of the cool patterns already spoken for (I wanted to observe others before diving into my first pumpkin carve), I looked around and quickly settled on Tux, the Linux mascot. This makes me happy.

Click on the pictures below for larger versions; the third picture, while dramatic, does not have a large version.

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Posted on 26 October 2007 by jose

I've been thinking about Steampunk lately. I was always vaguely uneasy with the term, since I rarely if ever saw any punk elements in Steampunk. It seemed like a lazy adaptation of Cyberpunk, which in my mind does convey the punk within the genre. Maybe I missed it, but although I think it's probably a safe categorization to classify Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen a Steampunk comic, I can't think of any real punk elements in it.

Notes and observations (musical coda)

Posted on 17 October 2007 by jose

No water, I don't care how pure the source is claimed to be, tastes better than that first glass of cold, fresh water after diving in salt water. As long as it's cold and clean, it's like tasting paradise.

Wikipedia. Is there anything it doesn't know?

Musical weekend, part 3

Posted on 08 October 2007 by jose

So how do you follow Coulton and Beethoven on a Sunday afternoon? Uh, Pop Culture Trivial Pursuit? Well, that's what I ended up doing, anyway. I won a game I had no business winning. That, or I know an appalling amount of Pop Culture trivia. Amusingly, the Music category was my nemesis throughout the game, and was the last piece I collected before heading for the center for the win. Appropriately enough, the final question was in the Music category, but I finally got an easy one, wherein an album cover (heh) was described that could only be a Rolling Stones cover. Rolling Stones FTW!

Musical weekend, part 2

Posted on 08 October 2007 by jose

How do you follow Coulton/Paul and Storm? With Barber and Beethoven, of course! Saturday night, I went with my friend Jon to Jordan Hall, where the Longwood Symphony Orchestra was playing Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Opening for Beethoven was Samuel Barber, with his Night Flight tone poem (the title of which puts me in mind of Hopper's Nighthawks). Okay, Barber wasn't physically there, but you get the idea. I had a great time at this concert. I'd never heard the 9th live, and it's one of my favorite symphonies; I keep my one recording of it, the George Solti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra recording, on my desk at the office so that it's available whenever I need it.

Musical weekend, part 1

Posted on 07 October 2007 by jose

I went to a fantastic Jonathan Coulton show Friday night at Johnny D's in Davis Square. I got my co-worker Neil to come out for this, despite the late starting time and the fact that he lives just south of the North Pole or thereabouts. While waiting for Neil outside the venue (venue? I'm so pretentious...), I ran into a guy by the name of Dave that I met at a filk circle a few months ago. So the three of us went in and tried to find somewhere to stand, as all the tables were full.

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