It’s weird how ideas come in spurts. For weeks, now I’ve had nothing much to say, then last night, riding along the bike path, I had two ideas for posts.
I’ve been having trouble with WordPress scheduled posts. I actually wrote both First Bike Ride of the Season and Subtle CSS Error one after the other last night, but scheduled the second one to publish this morning. It didn’t, so I had to release it manually. I just downloaded a plugin to try to fix the “Missed Schedule” issue; we’ll see if it works with this post. Update: It did.
I’m watching American Idol again this year. I skipped it last year because I couldn’t stomach the judges, and also felt that it was eating up too much time. This year I’m liking the judges a lot. Harry Connick is especially good. He’s honest, and specific, without being nasty or disrespectful.
The kids, I’m not liking so much. By Top 8 week, we should have been rid of the weaker singers by now. It seems absurd to me to have someone (C.J.) in the Top 7 who can’t sing in tune—I don’t care about how passionate someone is if they are painful to listen to. Sam Woolf is good sounding but robotic. I liked Malaya, and felt that overall, she’d been improving, but this week’s performance was a mess. Caleb is an excellent performer, but not my cup of tea, Dexter is very karaoke. I like Jessica —I really liked her original, Blue Eyed Lie— but she can get very nasal sometimes. I don’t think Jena’s vocals are as good as everyone thinks, but I do have a little soft spot in my heart for her, since there’s something about her face that reminds me a little of my niece Ally. I think Alex is probably the best of the bunch technically, but he doesn’t seem to be as much of a performer. I can definitely see a career for him as a studio musician/songwriter or producer though.
Spring seems to be oozing in on us. I’ll probably burn the downed branches this weekend. I need to look at the lawn and see if it’s dried out to dethatch, assuming I can get a rental.