Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is basically a cross between a super-villain's video blog and a musical. It's funny and the music is great. The whole thing was spearheaded by Josh Whedon, the creator of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly TV shows. The whole thing is really enjoyable and I really encourage you to watch it if you haven't already done so.
UPDATE: Supposedly, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog will only be available for free via Hulu for a limited time so don't dawdle. It's also apparently available via iTunes for $4.00.
26th Birthday List
I'll add more things as they come to me. Some of the stuff on this list is too expensive to be practical anyway.
I think I finally have everything the way I like it since moving to the newer version of the software that runs this journal. In the old version of the software, things like the calendar to the right were added automatically and were part of the "skin" that determined the visual look of the site. In the new version of the software, all the little features and tools (widgets) that display information or allow for navigation have to be manually added to a page. To compound the situation, some widgets require other widgets to be loaded for things to work. If you don't know that a widget has a dependency that needs to be loaded to function (like I didn't), it makes trouble shooting difficult. Nevertheless, I think I have everything working now. I'm still fairly certain that I'll be integrating all the various pieces of my site together using WordPress, but for now everything is working like it should.
One of the new features I have thanks to the new software update is the ability to tag posts with keywords. If you look the the right, you'll see a tag cloud. A tag cloud displays the most often used keyword tags. The larger the tag appears in the cloud, the more often it is used. You can click on tags to find posts in my journal with similar content. I don't have all my old posts tagged yet. It's still a work in progress.
I upgraded the software that runs my journal today. The transition was a mess because many of my customizations that I had set up with the old software were incompatible with the new version. The good news is that I should now have greater functionally. Hopefully, everything is working like it should and I haven't screwed anything up.
I watched Batman - The Dark Knight this afternoon. It was very very good. I won't go into a lot of description because I don't want to give anything away for people who haven't seen it yet, but I will say that it is worth your time and money.
I think this movie surpasses all the hype it's gotten, especially after the death of Heath Ledger. I will say that while the writing is good, Christian Bale doesn't bring a lot of emotional depth to the character of Batman. I will even go so far as to say that he is just as emotional as Batman / Bruce Wayne as he was in the movie Equilibrium where he plays a man on emotion suppressing drugs. Batman is supposed to be the dark, brooding, tortured, character and I don't think Bale ever really conveys the struggle Batman has with the darker aspects of his nature. Nevertheless, Bale's performance wasn't dismal, just merely adequate. Considering how brilliant Ledger is as The Joker, I would have like to have seen Bale portray Batman with the same level of quality.
My article for Geophysical Research Letters was published today! The full citation is:
Miller, M. A., and S. E. Yuter (2008), Lack of correlation between chlorophyll a and cloud droplet effective radius in shallow marine clouds, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L13807, doi:10.1029/2008GL034354. [link]
The full online version of the article is only available for reading if you have an AGU membership or you are visiting the GRL website from the network of an educational institution with an online subscription. Nevertheless, you should be able to view the abstract via the link I provided above.
Today I got a look at the proposed cruise track for my leg on the Ronald Brown for the VOCALS project.
I've just spent the past few hours testing out WordPress. WordPress is a web publishing platform designed around blogging and total site content management. So far, I've been very impressed on how easy it is to set up and manage. The user interface is powerful but easy to figure out and use. WordPress also seems to have just about any feature you could want. As far as user support goes, the online documentations is nothing short of impressive. It's very easy to add and edit pages and you can add complex features like blogs and image galleries with a push of a button and they seamlessly blend into the rest of the website.
Right now I'm thinking that I might use it to manage my whole website including this journal. I'm sure that there will be some work involved in transferring all my existing journal posts to a new software platform, but it looks like it's a manageable process.
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