Archive for July, 2007

WordPress first impressions

Monday, July 9th, 2007

This site/blog/whatever isn’t even live yet, and I’m already very happy with WordPress. I’ve played with a few blogging systems in the past, and was never happy with any of them. Living in a Windows world, and running my own server, I never seemed to find any options I was really happy with. After buying the Xserve with Aaron, I started playing around with WordPress.

Despite my complete inexperience with PHP, and my relative inexperience with Apache, it’s been a wonderful experience. I haven’t run into a single complication or any instance where I can’t easily accomplish what I’d like. A far cry from what I’m used to (*cough* Community Server *cough*), to be sure. Right now, I’m in the process of putting together the theme that will soon grace these pages, and it couldn’t be easier. In fact, with some excellent guidance, it’s been an absolute breeze.

…and it sounds so new

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Slowdive’s Pygmalion certainly isn’t their most accessible album (not that I claim to know what that would be), but for those willing to brave the wall of sound, it can be quite rewarding. It’s easy to get lost in the acoustics and be lifted to another world. It’s as if Pygmalion is what you would hear if you could simplify each of the band’s members down to their musical essence.

“Blue Skied An’ Clear”, in particular, is an amazing track. It was actually my first introduction to the album, years before I ever heard any of the others. While at times it becomes a pure cacophony, it retains a euphonious purity throughout. The mix is nothing but perfect; you can get lost in the whole, or pick out each tiny little piece from the puzzle with ease. It’s so easy to get lost, in fact, that you can forget that Neil Halstead is actually singing. And if you take the time to really listen, the cacophony turns to deliberate bliss. Every listen to this track is different, revealing something new, and every listen is equally incredible.

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