I recently read “Seven Languages in Seven Week” [Pragmatic, Bruce Tate, 2010], and found it very interesting. This is not a book about spoken languages, but computer languages.
Even if you do not agree with the RS rankings or my numeric grades below, it is a fun list because it exposes you to some albums that might be outside of your usual listening genre that are worth a listen. I am up to number 74 on the list and these are my findings so far...
I have seen blog posts where people list some goals. The reason for publicly listing these goals is partially to be held accountable and to use as a reference point to look back upon. I think that this is a great idea. The list below focuses on work related goals I have. A further post will list leisure/general goals.
I have been looking for a simple way to create an HTML5 audio playlist for use on my Music Spotlight - Songs page. I narrowed the search down to audio.js because it focuses on audio not audio/video and is fairly simple to implement. There is also an existing playlist demo. This is a good baseline, but I wanted to be able to shift tracks with
GUI buttons and also adjust the volume, handle playlist errors, etc so decided to create a skin for the player.
Goal setting help to achieve more and reach your potential. Without goals, things just do not seem to get done at all
or nearly as fast. Goals help to push you, to set progress markers and to make you accountable to do things
that you would otherwise give up on. Whether a work goal, an atheletic goal or leisure activity, goals are beneficial in all areas
However, I have found that there are also a couple of things to watch out for when setting goals. The first is the need to set new
goals once the initial goal is reached. The second is to keep the goal small enough so that it does not overwhelm.
My friend Vince and I finished the Saskatoon Mogathon half-marathon on Saturday September 20th in a time of 2:02:57. This is a pace of 5:50 a kilometer. I was really happy with the result and felt good afterwards. Tressa commented that last year after the 10k race I looked like I was dying, so I guess my core health has improved a lot in a year : ).
Vince, who has ran a few marathons, could have finished the race in a faster time but he stayed at my pace which was a classy move : ). Stay classy San Diego.
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (2008)
This album has been a staple of my music collection since it's release in 2008. I think it is one of Nick Cave's best albums. The album is moody and full of lyrical imagery. Dark, trancy at times such as on the track "Night of the Lotus eaters". The lyrics of this album are very strong and is what draws me back to it time and again. The track "Midnight Man" is an absolute gem:
Hold that chrysalis in your palm
See it split and change
It won't do you any harm
It's just trying to rearrange
It was born to live a day
Now it flies up from your hand
It's the one they call your ever loving man
Wolves have carried your babies away
Oh, your kids drip from their teeth
The nights are long and the day
Is bitter cold beyond belief...
...Close your eyes, sleep in him
Dream of your lost sons and daughters
Me, I'll raise up my dorsal fin
And glide up and down the waters
The closing track "More news from nowhere" though just under eight minutes could go sixteen and I would be quite happy to listen to it all.