Archives: March 2006

Eugene McCarthy

Today is Eugene McCarthy’s 90th birthday. It’s also my 34th birthday. MPR broadcast a retrospective on McCarthy’s life today on my midday commute to my accountant’s office. Death, taxes, birthdays, politics, and two men named Eugene (that’s what the E in pek stands for). I found the stories about the Vietnam vets’ interactions with McCarthy to be especially moving.

Things I want to do

Ever feel like you’ve got a mental to-do list that’s stretching your memory capacity? Here’s my list of things I want to do: [originally posted 7/15/05, updated 3/25/06]

  • improve my Java
  • learn Python
  • learn PHP
  • understand encryption theory a little better
  • re-do the Whole Farm Coop website to use MySQL and mod_perl
  • re-write Swish-e to support UTF8 In progress
  • rationalize why I need Swish-e to support UTF8 other than because it’s cool
  • re-read What’s the Matter with Kansas

That seems like enough to keep me busy. That’s mostly just computer related. It doesn’t touch on:

  • learn Hebrew
  • read more Girard
  • exercise more
  • write a short story
  • brew more beer

And those are the leisure activities.

Overheard via NPR

Cheney was in Ohio stumping for the GOP this week. The NPR interviewer asked one lady who was there about her experience:

I don’t even know what he said. I was just so happy to have him here. It made me feel like a real American.

Good to know that folks like this vote with their [faux] patriotic juju emotions, rather than actually paying attention to what is said. Not that what Cheney says has any connection to reality anyway.

Baby Fat

Not that I have any. I just liked the juxtaposition of Poland, Sweden and weight loss scams:


Just a quick question for ya? U still contemplating on getting rid of those extra spare tire. I am for sure. the invaders out of Poland and in 1665; the Sweden’s signed a peace agreement with Pola.

I used [url removed]. I know that sometimes we all go through these times, but this place is the real deal. nd. A Turkish invasion threatened Europe and Poland entered into an alliance with the

wrecked my life. I agree with you that had my mother chose to let me live under her love and c. off the coast. Churchill didn’t hesitate to solve this problem, and he then delivered his famous order, “We must.

You can thank me later, jehi

Community Blog Software

I have a few web sites I design that are in need of a good community blog software framework. Here’s some research on the topic for my own memory-weak use:

Scoop powers DailyKos, and I like the look/feel of that site.

SlashCode powers a lot of newsy sites. A little too linear for what I’m after. I want more of a user account/diary kind of site. Where people can set up their own home pages and blogs.

PodCMS is a POD-based blog built with Catalyst. As I’m a recent convert to the Ways of Catalyst, I might switch this site to PodCMS. I’m going to test it out tonight.

WordPress is a heavyweight. Need to consider if it’s just the right fit or not.

GeekLog is certainly pretty and seems actively developed.

In the end, I am leaning toward Scoop. It’s Perl, which is obviously good for me since that’s my go-to language. And it’s explicitly community discussion oriented. That’s a good fit for what I have in mind for in particular.