Thursday, December 29, 2005

DrupalCon @ OSCON in Portland

DrupalCon @ OSCON in Portland
Originally uploaded by kk+.
Another pic of me...I like this one. I was trying to order a laptop part.

Me and Elaine Nelson (webmaster), DrupalCon

DrupalCon @ OSCON in Portland
Originally uploaded by kk+.
This is me and Elaine Nelson of Washington, working through some Drupal things (specifically, multisite installs). Loads o' fun :-)

This is an unbelievable article...

This is a great article.

I learned about it from Mike Morgan's blog. Mike works at OSL at OSU. I am so (expletive deleted) jealous.

West coast geeks have all the fun...

maybe I have taken the wrong approach...


Maybe I have been too broad when it comes to my IT career. One of the best pieces of advice I got that I have heard from wise people over and over again is to know when to say "No" or "I'm sorry, that's not what I do", especially when it comes to IT.

This article made me think about it..

the people you meet in open source part I

When I went to OSCON back in August in Portland, I met a man by the name of Scott Kveton, Associate Director of the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon (the alma mater of Chad "What's in my bag this week?" Johnson and T.J. "Triple H" Houshmanzadeh of the Cincinnati Bengals). I was reading the 12/19-12/26/2005 issue of Information Week and, lo and behold, who do I see in a featured article? The very same Scott Kveton. The article centers on how the OSL's work has spurred open source development not just at OSU but in Oregon as a whole. He's a really good guy to boot.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

My Favorite Christmas Songs

Here are my fave christmas joints:

Santa Baby - Rev. Run, Salt N Pepa, Mase, P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Onyx and Keith Murray

This Christmas - Donny Hathaway

Christmas in Hollis - Run DMC

Give Love (on Christmas Day) - New Edition

O Holy Night - Point of Grace

Let it Snow - Boyz II Men

Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa (starts 12/26) and Happy Hanukkah (starts 12/25 at sundown) to you all!

and if you don't celebrate any of those holidays...peace and happiness to you!

Friday, December 23, 2005

My possible career...

Your Career Type: Investigative

You are precise, scientific, and intellectual.
Your talents lie in understanding and solving math and science problems.

You would make an excellent:

Architect - Biologist - Chemist
Dentist - Electrical Technician - Mathematician
Medical Technician - Meteorologist - Pharmacist
Physician - Surveyor - Veterinarian

The worst career options for your are enterprising careers, like lawyer or real estate agent.

Maybe I could be like Robert Goren from Law and Order: Criminal Intent. That dude is a freak genius. If my mind is a Lamborghini, his is one of those rocket cars on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Making some tough decisions

From thisNewsweek article

Joseph Canizaro was just putting the finishing touches on his new mansion west of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck. More than four years in the making, the extravagant beaux-arts palace had 12-foot-high ceilings, a private chapel (he's a devout Roman Catholic) and massive walls devoted to his collection of old-masters art. The house took on nearly two feet of water during the storm and suffered devastating damage to its ground floor. But for now, Canizaro has set aside that reconstruction project to focus on a more monumental one: rebuilding the city as a whole. A real-estate and banking mogul with close ties to the Bush administration, Canizaro, 68, is arguably the most powerful person on Mayor Ray Nagin's 17-member rebuilding commission.

On Jan. 9, the commission plans to issue its blueprint for New Orleans's revival, addressing everything from flood protection to the city's dysfunctional school system. Canizaro, whose hard-charging style hasn't always earned him friends, has infuriated some community leaders by suggesting that some of the city's lowest-lying neighborhoods—which are often poor and black—may need to be forsaken to replenish protective wetlands. "If we're going to be successful," he says, "we're going to have to make some tough decisions."

Here's a question...why is it that when rich folks say 'we are going to have to make some tough decisions' it always involves cutting, destroying or denying something from the poor.

Conference Thoughts.

I got a call today about a job with Yahoo!. It involved Drupal module and theme development. Now, the theme part, I can handle. I have just never written a module so I wasn't quite ready for that. I kicked myself for that.

I have been using Drupal since last April when I started at REALinks. I taught myself a lot since then..but I realize that I have to step my game up to be a real asset to the community as well as a true developer / architect of Drupal and Drupal-based sites.

I need focus...I need to find someone in my boat or with complimentary skils to work with...any takers?

Blog reworking...

I have decided to do more with my Blogger space and less blogging on my Drupal install. Not because I don't love Drupal (especially since it kicks your CMS's ass) but because I want to mess with Drupal 4.7 more.

By the way... get down with a browser other than Internet Exploder. It doesn't matter if it's Firefox, Opera or Flock..though if you are big into Web 2.0 stuff ( , Flickr and others), Flock is definitely worth the look.

You will be glad you did.

Quit'cher Bitchin'

Hawaii beat Michigan any sport, that's almost apocalyptic.

In basketball, it's worse.

From a Seattle Post-Intelligencer article:

Maurice Ager had 16 points for the Spartans, coming off their fourth Final Four appearance in seven years. But he was one of four Michigan State players affected by leg cramps.

Paul Davis, who had 12 points and 11 rebounds, left the game for a second and final time with cramps with 13:27 to play. Ager, Shannon Brown and Drew Neitzel all had to leave the game at some point because of the cramps. Brown had to be removed on a stretcher with 6:36 left because of the intense pain.

The cramps so affected the Spartans that for a good portion of the final 10 minutes there were four freshmen on the floor at the same time.

Players all leaving with "cramps". I think they quit. This is worse than St. Bonaventure calling it a season a few years ago. At least they didn't quit during a game. If any other team losing to any other team made that excuse, they would be laughed out of the press room.

There are 2 possible scenarios:

  1. They didn't stretch before the game...meaning there was bad coaching.

  2. They are faking...

  3. It was "that time" of the month

How pathetic.

Merry Christmas v. Happy Holidays

If I hear one more person say that there is a war on Christmas going on and they say that it's with the people that say "Happy Holidays" as opposed to or in addition to "Merry Christmas", I will scream. As Tina states in this post, there are more constructive things that can be done rather than agonizing about people wishing you a merry Christmas without actually saying Christmas.

But, there is a war on Christmas...but it comes from people that want your dollar and couldn't give a rusty nail in a corroded bucket about the true meaning of any holiday, much less the birthday of probably the most important historical and religious figure (not named God) on the planet. Why aren't people attacking Wal-Mart for offering wages too low to allow people to skip work for a day with their family? Why aren't people mad at stores that are open 24 hours on Christmaas?

WHY AREN'T PEOPLE USING THIS TIME TO REALLY THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS AREN'T HERE TO SPEND CHRISTMAS WITH THEIR FAMILIES BECAUSE THEY ARE FIGHTING AN UNJUST WAR? They are not home safely because someone (hint: The Bush Administration) chose to concoct lies based on 9/11 and shoddy intelligence.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Depressing hip-hop...

Sometimes, it's the hook...sometime's it's the beat...sometimes it's subject matter...sometimes it's an associated memory. Some hip-hop songs are just sad...not as in bad songs, just sad ones. "Heard 'Em Say" by Kanye West is one (just saw the video on MTV2). Here are some others:

"Flavor of the Month" - Black Sheep
"To Whom It May Concern" - Black Sheep
"'93 til Infinity" - Souls of Mischief
"Back to Reality" - Intelligent Hoodlum

The most depressing whole album? My Field Trip to Planet 9 by Justin Warfield. I can't even re-buy it because it really bums me out. It came out senior year... I saw it in the store yesterday and it came flooding back.

I spent a lot of time alone as a teen...many times, it was just my music and I. Some songs make you feel like you are in the middle of a party...others make you think of loss or things you don't have or lost.

Can anyone relate to this post?

you can't make stuff like this up...

This article about rings around Uranus...I'm sorry, I can't even finish this sentence.

Truth is stranger than fiction...that's all I will say.

...and I thought I showered before work.

Random thoughts...transit strikes, TiVo and relationships

Former President Carter has TiVo. How cool is that? He was on The Daily Show and he said "Well, I don't stay up late enough for The Daily Show but I do TiVo it". He deserves four more years, just for that...

The MTA transit strike is creeping up on 48 hours. I must say good for them. The MTA had a SURPLUS. Dropping more surplus in the pension fund never hurt anyone. Look at how many companies that duck out of their pension responsibilities. You don't want to be a public entity that does so. Plus, think about the millions that have a more challenging commute because the MTA and Michael Bloomberg decide to be self-righteous schmucks. No Hanukkah gifts for you, Bloomberg.

Oh, and what's with this woman who set up her husband? The guy goes to Iraq and doesn't die...but he comes home and gets killed by her lover and her stepdaughter's boyfriend. Sad, sad, sad. What worries me is that the lover and the stepdaughter's boyfriend are both 18-year-old black men. Sorry, but no woman is worth that...what WERE those brothers thinking?!? I think they are making a late surge for Ig'nant Negro of the Year. Sorry, fellas...but I think that J. Whyatt Mondesire has them beat with his comments about Donovan F. McNabb. W. E. B. duBois would be rolling in his grave...and Thurgood Marshall would be rolling in the same direction. The NAACP barely does shit and they use their voice to chastise one of the good guys in the NFL. Though I think that Donovan could have done some things to squash the beef between him and T. O., I think he's still a good QB. He didn't run as much because he had TO as a deep threat and a Westbrook, LJ Smith and Chad Lewis (sometimes) as safety valves.

In college b-ball, UNC GOT SERVED!

...and so did UTEP in the GMAC Bowl. U of Toledo beat them like Grandpa Freeman beat Stinkmeaner.