So, I'm currently in San Clemente for a couple of days before going back
to Claremont. As usual, the trip cross-country was fun. Lots of hours
in a tin can. Anyhow, something amusing happened at T.F. Green when
I was leaving. TSA got confused by my backpack in the X-Ray machine
(understandable, since it's got a zillion wires and such in it). So they
start going through it and they find that I brought a copy of Mohsin
Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The guy then ignores the rest
of my bag, pulls out the book, and runs it through …
I just had a fun day. For some value of fun, at least. I spent most of
the day fighting with CMSs for the Narrows Center for the Arts,
which is considering moving away from their antiquated website that some
guy hacked together for them. I mean, not that tables-based layouts
aren't still cool and all. Oh wait, they're not. So I was playing with
Joomla and Drupal to see if I could cobble together something
slightly less ugly. I ended up spending most of the day withing with
Drupal, the Drupal Content Construction Kit, and Contemplate.
Joomla's admin …
Here's the rules, as I've seen them on the Internet:
- Grab the nearest book.
- Open it to page 56.
- Find the fifth sentence.
- Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these
- Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual
one: pick the CLOSEST.
And my result is,
"But this concept of nature is confirmed by experience and must
inevitably be presupposed if there is to be possible experience, which
is coherent knowledge of the objects of sense in accordance with
Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals …
As my profile mentions, I come from Fall River, MA. Sometimes, I get
overly romantic ideas that it might be a place worth staying in. Then I
see something like I saw today, and I remember why it is that I spend
ten months out of every twelve 3000 miles away. :-(
Newport Jazz Festival 2008
Yesterday I went to the 2008 Newport JVC Jazz Festival, and I
figured I'd review it a bit here.
We started off the morning with a set by the Mark Rapp band. Mark
Rapp is a trumpet player, somewhat modern. He uses a wah about half of
the time, and it's pretty cool. His band was good, too. The guitarist
was a little over-the-top, but he was generally good, and the bassist
was excellent. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, Rapp also played
didgeridoo, which was cool.
So, after Rapp, I saw a bit of Lionel Loueke, who was an …
I've only got one more week left of summer research. This time next
week, I'll be back on the East Coast. I've already sent my desktop off
to a cozy garage, and am posting this from my laptop. It was a pretty
involved process - I needed to move all of my RSS feeds from Liferea to
Google Reader, copy over my .vimrc and .emacs files, get a list of all
of my webcomics… But all of that's done now. So, yeah, now I'm even
less likely to post to this blog. Woo hoo.