That's the ranking of the Collaborative Piano Blog in the latest edition of Scott Spiegelberg's classical music blog rankings based on Technorati authority, which measures the number of inbound blog links--a measure of blog popularity, although not without controversy, as the comments show on Scott's posting.
And what have I been up to in the last few weeks? After an intense but pleasurable week examining in Hamilton for RCME, Wendy and I travelled to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for (nearly) two weeks in the sun. Our stay at the Riu Palace Punta Cana was mostly uneventful, except for a few unexpected adventures related to airline delays, a relentless campaign to get a room with working AC upon our arrival, and a white-knuckle taxi ride through Bavaro to the airport on the last day. Other than that, we spent most of our time at the pool, getting getting baked in the Caribbean sun, reading, and exploring the art of the tropical cocktail. All in all, it was a great way to unwind after a busy but successful year.
A great gadget that Wendy got me for my 40th birthday (June 28th), was an iPod Touch, which allowed me to keep up with email and Facebook for two weeks through the hotel's wifi. Now that we're back, it's business as usual at the Collaborative Piano Blog, and in the coming weeks look for updates to the Degree Programs listings, more additions to the Core Repertoire project, as well as the launching of the Collaborative Piano Forums 08 on July 21.