Minh’s Notes

Human-readable chicken scratch

Minh Nguyễn
September 29th, 2005


An early reputation

At my dorm’s first house meeting last night, I was very enthusiastically nominated and elected head of the dorm’s website team, much to my dismay and to that of Guillermo Huerta, who was trying to point out that he knows ActionScript. As soon as the staff started describing the position, people started saying my name.

I don’t like that kind of attention, but what bothered me more is that I’ve already gotten a reputation for being the computer guy. That’s happened way too soon; at St. X, it took me over a year to get that kind of reputation. To tell you the truth, I’m not all that interested in website design anymore – at least not since I helped to overhaul St. Columban’s website.

See, designing and setting up St. Columban’s new website was plenty of fun. But since I set it up a couple weeks ago, I’ve also had to go back in and “pretty-print” all the content that’s been added to it. I was hoping that using Movable Type in conjunction with Enhanced Entry Editing would make my reformatting unnecessary, but it seems that excessive copy-pasting from Word ended up screwing everything up. (I originally expected that the parish staff would only copy-paste in the beginning, but would eventually start just typing stuff directly into MT, which wouldn’t’ve been a problem.) So for the past few nights, I’ve spent hours and hours trying to get the website into better shape. That’s not a good thing for a Stanford student with an increasingly tight schedule to be doing.

Anyways… I’ve got a position on the website team now, and I’m taking requests from “Zapatistas”; just e-mail me or post a message on the sheet in front of Room 102.


  1. You might be wondering why it’s taken me so incredibly long to finally blog about Planet Xavier’s long-awaited and long-needed redesign. As usual, the answer is procrastination.