Owing to the domain / DNS / hosting drama of the last few weeks, I’ve not been very motivated to post. Partly because I thought that investing any time and effort into the old site might make it harder to migrate to a new site. Further, after spending tons of time trying to get some non-responsive, irresponsible business owner to do what you contracted with them to provide, I just simply lost my zest for posting.

But, let me summarize a few things that tell where I’m at roughly.

##Work

Decommission and migration are the orders of the day. I’m working on an interesting project now for horizontal aggregation of tag metadata across vertical data channels. That is, aggregating a blog post tagged ‘foo’ in System X with a forum reply tagged with ‘foo’ in System Y such that the correlation and breadth of this tag can be seen without respect to the application technology that holds the object that was tagged with marker ‘foo’.

##Movies

I saw “No Country for Old Men”. It was outstanding. I love it when a good cinematographer gets into deep West Texas. It’s a rich landscape with a haunting power. I think that the writing of Cormac McCarthy is perfectly at home there.

##Books

Ad Infinitum: A biography of Latin

##Netflix

Hooray for the show “Heroes”! I really enjoyed season 1. I thought the plot arcs, while a bit watered-down for TV consumption, were still very solid. The characterization and the scheming were all very engaging and there were several times that I was on the edge of my proverbial seat. I’ll be excited for the next season - although the status and timing of that seems to be tied up in the WGA strike.

##Computer

I bought a 750GB hard drive, backed up all my laptops and other smaller external drives and finally upgraded the MacBook to Leopard. So far it’s been smooth sailing as yet. I just got Rails re-installed and am currently re-reading my notes and book for a Rails project I have in mind.

Christmas

SoCal on my mind.

The one extra thing that I had no good reason to get into given my current list of exploration projects, but that I did get into.

[Programming Erlang](http://www.pragprog.com/titles/jaerlang “The Pragmatic Bookshelf Programming Erlang”) by Joe Armstrong. So obscure, so powerful, so tempting.