Styling Menus in Drupal

I’m warming to the Drupal content management framework (as we’re apparently meant to call it). For getting a site up and running in record time, you really can’t beat it. Well, OK, maybe you can beat it with Rails, but I wouldn’t necessarily wager a lot on that. (I haven’t done, and don’t know anyone…

Mark All Unread Messages as Read in Mutt

I get a lot of mail from mailing list, the overwhelming majority of which I never read. So, in some cases I’ve configured the mailing list to send me everything in a giant once-a-week dump. If these messages are coming from Europe, as is often the case, it can sometimes happen in the world’s best…

Money != Value

Had this interesting article on deflation recommended to me today. As you may or may not know, from a certain point of view, one of the big mysteries about the recovery is why there is no inflation. It seems like there should be. After all, the government just dumped a whole bunch of created-out-of-thin-air stimulus…

Why is there no Spring in China?

There’s a mildly interesting piece in The Diplomat today asking a very interesting question: why hasn’t there been a Chinese Spring along the lines of the Arab Spring? After all, China is a similarly oppressive place experiencing an upturn in economic growth and a high level of political discontent. Yet, there are no signs it’s…

How Not to Argue about Gun Ownership

There’s an interesting article in Foreign Policy about gun homicide in the United States and South Africa. And what’s interesting about it is how it’s trying to put at least a mild pro-gun control spin on numbers that argue just the opposite. Here’s the data they cite: – the United States has the highest rate…

Rails and its Attitude Problem

I ran across this awesome post on Hacker News today (the post itself is nearly a year old), and it reminded me that I’ve been building up steam that I need to let out over the past couple of weeks. We all know the story. Rails has been publicly sucking at life for a couple…

An Unhelpful Apache Error

Zend 2 has been out for some time now, and since Zend’s a framework that I use for freelance PHP projects, I should really get around to updating my knowledge. With that in mind, I ended up in my local machine’s Apache config file to set up some virtual hosts for apps that I’m thinking…

Multiple SSH Keys for Passwordless Login

So, we got a new server in the Computational Linguistics program, and thanks to my helping them figure some things out, I get sudo privileges. Yay! Therefore, I’m in the process of moving all my IU-related activities to that computer. Part of that involved setting up SSH keys for login to various websites I maintain…

Lake of Darkness – Review

Lake of Darkness is only the second Ruth Rendell book I’ve read, and I can’t even remember the title of the first. But two is enough to establish a pattern: what Rendell does is take a group of seemingly unrelated people and slowly reveal their connections to each other – connections the extent of which…

Worst Enemies – Review

Worst Enemies is a superior police procedural with few flaws and a lot to recommend it. Dana King isn’t a name I knew until recently – I found it trolling Amazon for Kindle books to buy – but it’s a name that with any luck I’ll be hearing more from. The story is a neat…