Site moved

Hey-

It turns out that it's easier for me to run a Drupal Gardens site for my personal site than this custom Drupal site. (After all, I helped get that product started; I should use it!)

So, I've moved. And I've changed the site name (to "StartupDJ").

Please visit my new site here. (I'll get around to retiring this one, and forwarding the URL, "real soon now.") ;-)

See ya there.

New book review: The Rat and the Serpent

The Rat and the SerpentThe Rat and the Serpent by Bryn Llewellyn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stephen Palmer (Bryn Llewellyn is an old pseudonym he doesn't use anymore) is always a treat to read. His writing proceeds at such a good clip. The stories have a rhythm that seems to flow just perfectly; the stories all seem to accelerate as his books proceed to conclusion, and this book is no exception. But along the way, the comfortable start and cruise through his imagination is a fun ride to be on.

Harpooning the whale

photo of group at B2B startLast Saturday I rode the 2012 edition of the Harpoon Brewery to Brewery (B2B) ride. This was my fifth time doing it. It's one of those rides that I both love, and hate: love because after the fact I feel a good sense of accomplishment having done, and hate - especially in the last couple of hours of the ride and the day or two after - because it is painful.

Making cycling history at deRonde

Key memories in life are formed when you must go thru extreme difficulties, whether by accident or choice. If you're lucky, some memories will cross an invisible line and become history, sometimes yours, sometimes part of a history that is bigger than you. I'm pretty sure that I and some good friends just became part of (some) history, having ridden the 2012 Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclosportive.

People are everything

The people you encounter as you patronize a business almost completely shape your happiness with the encounter. And I'm of the school that says it starts at the top.
Giraffe restaurant logo
Today I ate breakfast at Giraffe - a restaurant in Terminal 5 of London's Heathrow airport. I liked this place, and will now change my LHR habit to stop here every time.

Why? The people.

Book Review: Urbis Morpheos

Urbis MorpheosUrbis Morpheos by Stephen Palmer

Well, this has to be the most unusual book I've read in the last couple of years. For context, I've read 113 books since April 2009 (when I started buying on Kindle, so this is the total Amazon gives me). I probably haven't read more than 5 non-SciFi books (and 1 non-Kindle book) in that time; so I've read a reasonable amount of SciFi, mostly from the authors you'd see as mainstream - Neal Stephenson, Richard Morgan, Charles Stross, Peter Hamilton, Ian Banks, Robert Charles Wilson, etc.

Stephen Palmer is at a Whole Nutha' Level. One way to describe it: "Consider natural & technological evolution running its course for a couple of million years. Discuss."

Drupalcon 2012 set

Well, I found myself with an opportunity to spin tunes at the Denver 2012 Drupalcon conference party. Yes, Acquia (my company) sponsored it. So maybe it's no coincidence that I got the gig.... Nonetheless, I did need to get past the organizing committee (which means my style couldn't suck; but I didn't need to be a big-name guy, either. Lucky thing....)

Book Review: Fuzzy nation

Fuzzy NationFuzzy Nation by John Scalzi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summary: Fast read (for me); dashed thru it in 3 hours.


New podcast episode posted: Deep House mix (Turkey weekend)

I took the opportunity of a lazy, day-after-Thanksgiving Friday morning to pull together a few tunes into a new podcast episode. As usual, it's available on iTunes (the one dated 11/25/11). If you like it, please be sure to rate it in the iTunes store.

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