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  • The difficult second album

    So you might have been wondering what’s happening with the second book, the follow-up to The Accidental Pilgrim. You’re not the only one - I’ve had to tell my Dad to stop asking about it, because it upsets me to have to report every week that I’ve done nothing on it for months.

    But I’ve finally sorted out some time to stop being a full-time half-time web designer, and take a look at what I’ve got, and what I want to do with it.

    And it’s not a pretty sight. I feel like a rock band settling down to make their second album: the first was well-received, but since then everything’s changed and they’re not sure what the hell’s going on.

  • Exploring the lesser-known parts of New Mexico

    off the road websiteI don’t normally talk about work stuff over here - there’s plenty of room for that on the Moore Consulting site - but I though you might be interested in the latest site I’ve built for the NM economic development department.

    Off the Road is “a transparently opinionated website focusing on shopping and dining in the downtowns of all 21 New Mexico MainStreet communities. Here, we show you where to find bargain collectables, a cute pair of shoes, or a piping-hot plate of green chile enchiladas - all from locally owned businesses found on main streets, town squares, and plazas across New Mexico.”

    There are slideshow and a quiz to tell you where you should visit based on your personality, and with the help of my friend Dana, the design has a suitably quirky feel that I couldn’t have managed on my own. 

  • ‘Arrested Development’ arrested

    Say it isn’t so. Fox have cancelled what I have no hesitation in saying is the funniest TV comedy I’ve ever seen - ‘Arrested Development’.

    I came late to the party - the show is starting its third season (one that it won’t finish), and we started watching part of the way through the second - but it’s innovative and flat out hilarious.

    It’s been honored with Emmys, and lauded by the critics, but it seems the viewing figures at the beginning of this season were poor. I partly blame baseball. Having moved the show from Sundays to Mondays, Fox then broadcast most of the playoff and World Series games, essentially wrecking the schedule for a month.

    When things returned to normal last week with 2 back-to-back episodes, the viewing figures were down (unsurprisingly, as no-one knew where to find the show any more).

    So to avoid losing viewers for ‘Prison Break’, which follows, they canned Arrested Development.

    The only bright spot is that there are 40-odd episodes so I’d recommend doing what we’re doing: working through them at your own pace, and savouring the fantastic scripts and great acting.

    Get ‘em while they’re hot (and if you’re in the UK or Ireland, just hope Channel 4 or someone still buys the episodes that did get made):

  • The day the (gospel) music died

    dining utensilsOne of the problems of living in a tourist town like Santa Fe (and especially having an office downtown) is that there are precious few places for locals to eat in the heart of things.

    And this situation has been made worse by the closure of Carlos’ Gosp’l Cafe, a regular stop on our lunctime circuit. No more Miles Standish sandwiches for us, and it’s goodbye to the green chile turkey melt.

    Aside from the Subway and the underwhelming and slightly overpriced Plaza Cafe, the pickings are slim for a cheap quick fill up (if you want upscale dining, that’s a different story, and there are enough cafes to keep you in lattes - it’s just the space in the middle we’re lacking).