Monthly Archives: February 2009

Afghanistan, Pakistan Declare New Trust in U.S. Talks

I mentioned two weeks ago that Pakistan, in the wake of the Kabul terrorist attacks and with insurgent activities increasing, would have to start talking very seriously with the U.S. and with Afghanistan. Consequently, it was not entirely unexpected that … Continue reading

Posted in Humanitarian Issues

All Hail the Power of Drupal

The more I use Drupal, the more projects it becomes the solution for. Since my first encounter with Drupal, I have realized how easily it could have been used for a variety of projects I have struggled with before. Drupal … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Drupal, Technology

Tunes for the Day, February 21, 2009: Blackmore’s Night, Ishtar Alabina

“Way to Mandalay” by Blackmore’s Night; “Yalla Bina Yalla (Mashallah)” by Ishtar Alabina Before anyone gets the idea that all the songs in this feature are gothic metal, there are two completely different offerings today. You do not hear about … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Tunes for the Day

Tunes for the Day, February 20, 2009: Nemesea, Nightwish

“No More” by Nemesea; “Ghost Love Score” by Nightwish I am usually quick to jump on uninformed music reviwers who think every hard rock or metal band with a female singer is an Evanescence knock-off, considering that the American band … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Tunes for the Day

How Not to Sell Active Studio Monitors

I wonder if some manufacturers know just how much some salesmen can make their products look substandard. Here is a quick reflection on a recent studio gear shopping experience. I was auditing active monitors at a SamAsh store, where–for full … Continue reading

Posted in Music Production

Starbucks’ Instant Embarrassment for the Recession

For those of you who still actually believe that drinking Starbucks makes you somehow sophisticated, here is the final blow: instant coffee. You can convince yourself that you are enjoying fancy coffee products just because you find Starbucks to be … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, From the Media, Lifestyle

Drupal, Elgg, Moodle: A Powerful Learning Management System

Drupal and Moodle have always been top players in their respective fields of content management systems (CMS) and learning management systems (LMS), making the idea of integration a powerful one. Bill Fitzgerald makes an impressive proposal for combining the strengths … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Drupal, Education, Technology