In the coming month or so, I will be giving a number of talks concerning Drupal and public media:

February 2
"Open source software in public media"
Wisconsin Public Radio (Madison, WI)

Febraury 22
Drupal in Public Media
Twin Cities Drupal User Group (Minneapolis, MN)

February 27
"How makes use of Drupal"
PRI: Public Radio International (Minneapolis, MN)

In Drupal, it seems like it should be easy to configure external menu links to open in a new window, but I could not find clear instructions for doing so in Drupal 7. If this needs to be done in numerous places, the easiest way to get this done might be to install the External Links module. However, for a single link (menu item) I found the simplest and quickest way to get this done was to implement hook_menu_link_alter()

In preparation for an upcoming database migration -- converting a web site from a homegrown CMS to Drupal -- I've been spending a fair amount of time learning Drupal's Migrate module. Although I knew that Drupal 7 could connect to SQL Server, upon further scrutiny I found out that the sqlsrvr module requires the PHP SQL Server Driver 2.0 from Microsoft, a Windows-only driver. Since I work primarily on a Mac, I decided to first convert the SQL Server database to MySQL.

The trend in public radio is to move away from the term “public radio” and, in many cases, embrace the term “public media.” For instance: the Public Radio Development and Marketing Conference recently became the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference; Louisville's Public Radio Partnership became Louisville Public Media; American Public Media calls itself "the second largest producer and distributor of public radio programming"; and, of course, National Public Radio changed its name to NPR.

Map of Wisconsin

This is not a how-to article. This is more the story of how I found out why making even a simple map is so darn complex, and why ultimately I plan to rebuild the map I made. Going from an idea to an end product is no simple task. In this case, my idea concerns the distribution of WPR pledges throughout the state of Wisconsin by zip code. I am curious about which areas of the state (and country) produce the most revenue. I'm not exactly sure what I will do with this information, although I have a few ideas.

In June 2010 I attended Flashbelt in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This annual conference focuses “around Adobe Flash and related technologies." Two of the speakers that I found most informative, Jeremy Thorpe and Wes Grubbs, seemed to focus not so much on Flash, but on their use of a “related technology” called Processing.

PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release

Madison, WI (November 2004) – Lisette Kielson, Artistic Director of the Madison-based chamber group L’Ensemble Portique, collaborates with Matthew Tift, UW-Madison musicologist and AIDS activist, to present “Positive Music: Musical Responses to HIV/AIDS” on Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society Meeting House, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. Proceeds from this event go directly to AIDS Network of Madison.