(Okay, Masterpiece should probably be in quotes too!) I have been on a bit of a retro computing kick this evening. I have been playing around with AppleWin, which is the best Apple ][ emulator for Windows that I know of. I played a little bit of the original Castle Wolfenstein and then decided to fire up my trusty Apple ][gs and port some of my old Applesoft programs to PC.
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Well, I just updated the core version of the Drupal CMS on the Pages of Fun from 6.12 to 6.13 and it went pretty smoothly. One thing that I did discover is that it pays to update all your modules before doing the core update. I had earlier tried to update and the system completely failed on install because of a problem with the out-of-date Admin Menu module. Only a complete reversion to the backed up files saved me. Backing up is ever so very important in this whole process. Anyhow, I am really loving Drupal and I hope to build more sites with it in the future.
Well, it's official. Robert Wm. Gomez's Pages of Fun have moved to a new, personalized domain name: www.robertgomez.org! I was surprised I was able to get the .ORG domain (robertgomez.com has been taken for as long as I have been checking).
Recently, I took my first foray into ordering music from a major online retailer. Normally I avoid online music vendors. Unlike books, where you can find sites offering up to 40% of the cover price, there aren't any good discounts on CDs at the major vendors like Amazon, CDNow, or CDUniverse. Sure, they always say you are geting a 10% discount, but that's usually off the mall-markup price where CDs tend to go for seventeen-fifty bucks a pop. I pretty much refuse to pay more than $13.50 for music, and even that's excessive.(a good rule of thumb: never pay more than a dollar a song)
Pictured to the right is the spectacular meal that I ate the other day. When I took the picture, I was going to have something hilarious to say about how different it looked from the image on the box. But, now that I look at it, it really isn't that far off.
I'm pretty sure I am only only person who has subscribed to my RSS feed, but, in any event, there's trouble brewing with the feed. I want to reorganize the home page a little and that means I need to change the RSS script at Feed43. The problem is that I lost my password when I moved to the new computer and they don't have a password recovery service. SO, if you are a subscriber and don't hear from me for a while, please check this page occasionally to see if I have updated my RSS service.
I've kicked up the geekery a few notches this week by building a desktop computer from parts rather than by ordering from Dell or Compaq. It has gone rather smoothly considering all the articles I read on the Internet that warned of of the potential headaches that accompany such an endeavor.
This is becoming the Robert's CD collection blog these days. Oh well, gives me something to do. I'm considering going a little more typical-bloggy with this site. We shall see.
If you are not a democrat, voting in Chicago can be very disheartening. Usually the ballot consists of the federal races, about 200+ judicial retention choices, and a few dozen uncontested Democrats in local “races.” This year it's even worse. Polls show that hometown candidate Obama has an insurmountable lead in the state, and any other vote is more-or-less statistically irrelevant.
This is all somewhat besides the point. ActualIy, can't really stand by any of the other names on the ballot either.
And now we my choice of a song for Obama. There aren't many songs with "Obama" in the lyrics that aren't sung by a chorus of creepy showbiz wannabe kids. Instead, I have gone with a more opinionated, thematic choice. The song is I Can't Believe That You Would Fall For All The Crap In This Song by Sparks. If you read an Obama stump speech it soon becomes clear that, between the aspirations of hope and change, is an ever expanding laundry list ridiculous, undeliverable goodies to lure various voting blocks.
I have decided to add my own soundtrack to the final days of the Election. We will start with my choice for McCain's theme song. This is La Ballata Di Hank McCain by Ennio Morricone from the film Gli Intoccabili. I kinda want McCain to win simply so I can get four more years of mileage out of this track. I can't believe this song wasn't picked up by some McCain supporter and made into a glowing YouTube video. Oh, well. Enjoy!
Stay tuned, my pick for Obama is coming tomorrow.
My first in a series of posts about Election 2008. Your choice this year: a huge government liberal or a big government conservative—neither of which showed an ounce of leadership skill during the bailout crisis.