six sagittarians

i woke up this morning at 6 am, on a couch too short for my frame. 3.5h of sleep notwithstanding, i felt quite tired, but this was the day of the seminar. the seminar i had dropped the ball on during apachecon. the seminar that i had spent the day before anxiously preparing, repeatedly screwing up over the course of a 15h workday. what seminar you are asking?

Wyona and QUOIN are partnering to offer your department a one-day workshop on Content Management with Apache Lenya. This is an
opportunity to gain valuable hands-on skills and receive coaching from
experienced Lenya developers. Our approach is to build an example site
that takes advantage of the advanced authoring and publishing
capabilities of the framework. Participants will learn important design
and implementation techniques that can be applied on their own projects.
Wyona and QUOIN are strong supporters of open source content management.
We focus on Apache Lenya as a platform for our consulting and product
development efforts because it provides a robust, powerful, and
standards-compliant solution. The purpose of the workshop is to help
build a local user community for Apache Lenya, and to share our
experience in using this platform.
Gregor J. Rothfuss
General Manager, Wyona
Brad Kain
President, QUOIN

so yes, i step out of the apartment, and sure enough, first snow. and, as always, utter chaos on the road. what to do? i decided to jog from arlington to porter square given that a seminar without a presenter does not sell too many consulting gigs. 20min into the jog, i still had not been passed by a bus. no wonder with the total traffic jam. it was actually a nice, brisk early morning exercise. the road was totally flat, a thin snow cover cushioned my steps way better than nike airs would have, and the slow or nonexistent driving exuded peace. granted no one was feeling the love, and many loiterers in bus stops i passed had a curious expression indeed.
i made it to the seminar only 1h late, and people started to trickle in shortly afterwards. my misfortune with the cute little cd-roms that would not work with contemporary drives was quickly resolved by the unexpected connectivity, and i got going. never mind my totally insufficient preparation, i managed to entertain and educate my audience over the course of the next 8 hours. which was a utter surprise to me.
hi to all my online friends who added an extra element of comic relief by chatting me up during my seminar. their popups graced the big screen. best in show goes to doug for his “hey i found your coat” message that actually drew laughter from the crowd.
i hit the john harvard brew pub with william afterwards. sure enough, we ran into a pocket of sagittarians that took us under their wings to celebrate the deep astrological bonds we share. free beer, yay. amen.

massive fluency

Intercontinental Foreign Language School
While extinction has been the fate of many creative entrepreneurs of the late sixties and seventies and eighties, why has the INTERCONTINENTAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM – whose symbol is the living Phoenix bird, so familiar to people on the street through millions of language fliers over the years – flourished?
In part, the answer lies in the way its founder, director, and principal instructor, Lee Riethmiller, honed his fluency in the twenty-six languages he currently speaks. Riethmiller’s unique septalingual course (where students learn to speak seven languages simultaneously) drew interest from The Christian Science Monitor, The Brookline Tab, US Magazine, CBS Television, and National Public Radio.

carl made me aware of this guy. i would love to go to a class, just to see how the system works. and picking up 7 new languages, why not :) my list would be:

  • chinese (mandarin)
  • spanish
  • japanese
  • portuguese
  • sanskrit
  • russian
  • arabic


my dad is sending me pieces of his biography by email as he writes them up. he never told me the full story of his life, so i am very intrigued to learn about it while i am ten thousand miles away. this means a lot to me.