Care to dance?

Posted on 04 November 2007 by jose

I impulse-bought this a couple o' 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 th' first day o' National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an' I ha'nae written word one. Looks like another failed attempt this year.

I am covered with shame, Hornswaggle I dare not even appear at one o' th' 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 th' Rockies t' win th' World Series! Former Marlins Josh Beckett an' Mike Lowell were a huge part o' this, as were th' rookies: Papelbon, Pedroia, Ellsbury, Matsuzaka, Okajima. Even J.D, I'll warrant ye. Drew pitched in!

I can't believe sportscasters be still talkin' about a curse. There were bein' no curse. Get o'er it.


How I spent my Saturday morning

Posted on 28 October 2007 by jose

I carved me first pumpkin today. I liked pretendin' that I were bein' a mad neurosurgeon bent on lobotomizin' by scoopin' out th' brains. Pumpkin guts be gross. Anyway, with most o' th' cool patterns already spoken fer (I wanted t' observe others before divin' into me first pumpkin carve), I looked aroun' an' quickly settled on Tux, th' Linux mascot. This makes me happy.

Click on th' pictures below fer larger versions; th' third picture, while dramatic, does not have a large version.

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Posted on 26 October 2007 by jose

I've been thinkin' about Steampunk lately, Dance the Hempen Jig I were bein' always vaguely uneasy with th' term, since I rarely if e'er saw any punk elements in Steampunk. It seemed like a lazy adaptation o' Cyberpunk, which in me mind does convey th' punk within th' genre. Maybe I missed it, but although I think 'tis likely a safe categorization t' classify Alan Moore's League o' Extraordinary Gentlemen a Steampunk comic, I can't think o' 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 ye follow Coulton an' Beethoven on a Sunday afternoon? Uh, Pop Culture Trivial Pursuit? Ahoy! Well, that's what I ended up doin', anyway, by Blackbeard's sword. I won a game I had no business winnin', and a bucket o' chum. That, or I know an appallin' amount o' Pop Culture trivia. Amusingly, th' Music category were bein' me nemesis throughout th' game, an' were bein' th' last piece I collected before headin' fer th' center fer th' win. Appropriately enough, th' final question were bein' in th' Music category, but I finally got an easy one, wherein an album cover (heh) were bein' described that could only be a Rollin' Stones cover. Rollin' Stones FTW!

Musical weekend, part 2

Posted on 08 October 2007 by jose

How do ye follow Coulton/Paul an' Storm? With Barber an' Beethoven, o' course! Oho! Saturday night, I went with me matey Jon t' Jordan Hall, where th' Longwood Symphony Orchestra were bein' playin' Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Ya swabbie, All Hands Hoay! Openin' fer Beethoven were bein' Samuel Barber, with his Night Flight tone poem (th' title o' which puts me in mind o' Hopper's Nighthawks). Okay, Barber weren't physically thar, but ye get th' notion. I had a great time at this concert. I'd no nay ne'er heard th' 9th live, an' 'tis one o' me favorite symphonies; I keep me one recordin' o' it, th' George Solti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra recordin', on me desk at th' office so that 'tis available whenever I need it.

Musical weekend, part 1

Posted on 07 October 2007 by jose

I went t' a fantastic Jonathan Coulton show Friday night at Johnny D's in Davis Square. Load the cannons, feed the fishes I got me shipmate Neil t' come out fer this, despite th' late startin' time an' th' fact that he lives just south o' th' North Pole or thereabouts. While waitin' fer Neil outside th' venue (venue? I'm so pretenti'us...), I ran into a lubber by th' name o' Dave that I met at a filk circle a few months ago. So th' three o' us went in an' tried t' find somewhere t' stan', as all th' tables were full.

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