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The quest for fiction

Now that the Drupal book I am helping co-author is off to the editors, I'm finding a desire to read again in my newly (and temporarily) free evenings. I'm definitely in an escapist mood, so I've turned to good ole scifi and fantasy fiction. The only problem is that I am a finicky reader. Everyone has their own flavor or pickiness when it comes to books I think. It doesn't help that I can't articulate what I like or don't like very well.

Best Hole in the Wall Bar

Quarry House Tavern
This is the kind of place you would walk right by. There is a crooked sign on the side of a building for the Quarry House Tavern and then some narrow stairs descending into the ground behind it are the only other outward sign. You walk down into a basement with a bar and bunch of tables, a bunch of them occupied with folks drinking $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon in a can. This is not the normal kind of place I'd roll into looking for a good drink, but Colleen knows my taste in beer and she'd been wanting to bring me here for a while.

On the way to Szeged

Registration for Drupalcon Szeged finally opened up last week and I'm all set to go. Got the flight booked as well as my logistics for Hungary. For anyone that hasn't looked at the registration yet, it is really a rocking setup. First of all if you register before June 30th, you get a very nice discount on the conference admission (only 80 Euros). Secondly, the 'con team has done a wonderful job of making it easy to arrange your ground transport and accommodations.

Screenflow: Video capture and editing for Macs

I make a fair number of video tutorials. A few people told me about a new application for Macs called Screenflow ($100) by Vara Software and there seems to be quite a bit of buzz around it. I love playing with new toys so I immediately downloaded it. One thing to keep in mind during this post is that I am not a video "master." I can't even keep codecs straight.

Wild, beautiful, maverick weeds

Weeds are simply plants that suit their environment too well and succeed in ways we actually don't wish. Basically gardeners like plants that give them the most bang for their buck - but with a controlled bang. Weeds, and I've had many a battle, just don't fit the human idea of order and control. They are fighting for their lives like every other species on this planet.

Dandelions are the classic "arrggg" plant in the garden/yard. They are tenacious and prolific and we tend to miss the beauty in things that don't fit "our plan." They are astoundingly beautiful when you stop to look.

Taraxacum officinale (Common Dandelion)

Desktop blogging, pt. 2: Ecto vs MarsEdit

A year and a half ago I was playing around with blogging clients on Windows. That happened to be shortly before I bought my MacBook Pro and so I never really kept playing with them. I wasn't blogging much and it dropped even more for much of the last year so I hadn't even installed a blogging client on the MBP. I'm finally getting back to more consistent posts and composing in the browser is really starting to bug me again.

I "get" Twitter

I never, ever thought I would utter those words. I am kind of a cranky old lady when it comes to "Web 2.0 social boogyboo blah blah" talk. I don't have a Facebook account (and won't get one no matter how many times I get spammed with requests) and I don't use things like I'm sure they are useful, but they just don't work in my "flow." I don't "get" them in my life.

Time to celebrate

What am I celebrating? Well my frickity taxes are done. This past year was extremely ooky in the tax department but I've got them done and two weeks early to boot. Whew!

How am I celebrating? After all that, I am kicking back with one of my favorite beers, Duvel. I love Belgians and this is the best for kicking back and raising a glass in triumph. And who better to drink with when dealing with the IRS than the devil himself? ;-)

If you've not done your taxes yet - get started! Geez. And if you haven't tried Duvel before, then you really are out of the loop.