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I hesitate to use the word because I have done real programming (if C++ qualifies!) before, and I know people who do real programming now, such as [personal profile] aranel_took. Mucking around in basic HTML seems like baby programming, if that. But I am out of practice, and five hours off and on has me worn out.

I've been setting up a blog for my human nature course next semester, which I can also tweak for my ethics course this upcoming summer. It's run off of Wordpress and is for the most part fairly basic - blog section for class announcements, a page describing the assignment guidelines, probably a policies page and maybe a separate page for course documents (how/to files, class handouts, etc.) Those actually aren't so bad.

What's given me a first-class headache is the library page. This is philosophical resources plus some popular press stuff (like Richard Dawkins' discussion of why intelligent design isn't a science in The Guardian, or the recent NY Times article on why being an atheist doesn't do away with notions of right and wrong). It's mainly on online index to the various PDFs and links I've been collecting and use when preparing lectures or email out to my students as class readings. But since WYSIWYG editors (what you see is what you get - those buttons you click to bold text rather than using HTML tags) are buggy, I decided to use HTML mode rather than the WYSIWYG option. So for the last 3-4 hours I have been swimming in hyperlink links, formatting tags for italics and bold, <li> and <ol> and all the rest. You have not lived until you have tried to set up a bulleted list with several levels using raw HTML, and then added to various points of the list over a period of time and tried to keep the different levels straight.

Swimming is the right word, because that's what my head is doing at the moment. *weary grin*

I think I'm going to run down the street for some supper, then come back and watch an old episode of The Closer. Maybe crawl back into Augustine tonight (I did a chapter of "On Free Will" this morning, but it was only about four pages, and I really should attempt more...)

Btw, in case anyone's interested, here's the link:


Originally posted at LJ; please comment there.
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Last week I had a hard drive die on me. There were two "luckilies" that made this situation much better than it could have been. First, the warranty was still working and my company (HP) actually provided decent service. They made it easy for me to ship the machine in and got it back to me in just under a week. I am looking to buy a desktop in the next year or two, and this experience has made it pretty likely I'll stick with their company.

The other luckily: All of my important files - including all of my writings and a draft of my conference paper - were backed up on DropBox, a cloud file-storage system. I did lose all of my videos and about half my music, but that's replaceable. (Speaking of replacing, I'd like music recommendations. More on that in a minute.)

The repaired machine arrived safely today. I have reinstalled by Nintendo game emulator, Office, and Chrome. Office was the worst; turned out I had a key but no disk so I had to download it, and Microsoft makes it practically impossible to find the link for anything other than the current version of the software. Plus they wanted money to even talk to them; finally got through by using the sales chat online agent. I even got all of my email accounts and RSS feeds added back to Windows Mail. So far it seems to work okay.

This last week I have felt very disorganized online. I've had a lot going on (start of the semester, conference and all) but also was stuck on a five-year-old laptop, using web interface. I know I didn't reply to a lot of blog comments and probably won't get caught up. I'll try to do better in the future, though. I also cut back on my blog feeds, since I found I was reading too much related to politics and religious news, which (contrary to what I post about) isn't what I most like thinking about. What goes in your mind tends to come out of it as well, I guess.

I also wanted to ask for music recommendations. As I said, I lost a good bit of my music library. Plus I've got a long airplane flight next week and would love to fill up my MP3 player. The songs I did have saved are below the cut. Any recommendations?

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