Archive for March, 2003

My Neighbors

Tuesday, March 18th, 2003

I recently registered this blog with GeoURL (see little green icon in the navigation bar/section). It allows me to locate myself in the world in relation to others.

Tamara Crowe, author of Through A Glass Darkly is only five miles east of me.

Scott Johnson of The FuzzyBlog! and creator of Feedster is twenty-two miles south of me.

And I thought no one lived near me. The world gets smaller everyday.

Evanescence CD Review

Monday, March 17th, 2003

I picked up the Evanescence CD last Thursday and haven’t stopped listening to it since. I became intrigued by them when I heared “Bring Me To Life” on the radio. Their sound is so fresh and ethereal. They even remind me a little of Linkin Park.

With two of their songs on the Daredevil Soundtrack and just being in the right place at the right time, they are poised for even better things. Gone AWOL?

Monday, March 17th, 2003

Last night and tonight I have had DNS failures while trying to reach I hope everything is all right.

I’m Normal After All

Monday, March 17th, 2003

I took this Personality Disorder Test that makes un-official predictions of what, if any, personality disorders you may have. Here are my results:

  • Disorder: Rating
  • Paranoid: Low
  • Schizoid: Low
  • Schizotypal: Low
  • Antisocial: Low
  • Borderline: Low
  • Histrionic: Low
  • Narcissistic: Low
  • Avoidant: High
  • Dependent: Low
  • Obsessive-Compulsive: Low

I was actually a bit suprised by the results because I am aware of some slight brain damage from my youth, but it appears to not be a factor.

Interesting Links

Sunday, March 16th, 2003

Simon has posted a number of interesting links. More to help cure his tag-itis syndrom going on in Phoenix than anything else. I noticed a few links there that I might like to check out some time. The are some great PHP, XHTML, and other web related links.

Caffeine Overload

Sunday, March 16th, 2003

Yep, I deffinetly had to much caffeine today. I spent the day mixing audio and had to stay rather alert for the whole thing. So I had much Coke and Starbucks. Now my body is dead tired but I still have the buzz. I don’t think I developed the shakes as I have done in the past but nonetheless I still feel very wiped from the day.

Glasshaus Is No More

Saturday, March 15th, 2003

Glasshaus, and web design and development publishing company has recently gone under finnacially. I guess it is a sign of the times when a UK(United Kingdom) based publishing house can be dramitically impacted by the affairs of this world and its’ ever changing economy. Glasshaus was devoted to promoting web standards and keeping web developers up to date on the latest web techologies. They will surely be missed.

Same Masthead, Different Method

Saturday, March 15th, 2003

In my on going effort to try different design methods, I have changed the way the above banner is displayed. Previously it was an img tag placed within an h1 tag. While this method is totally valid and even preferred is some circles, I have chosen a differnet mothod outlined at StopDesign. This method removes the img tag from the markup, hides the h1 tag from most browsers and replaces it all with a background-image. My hope is that this will give more flexibility to change my design and even provide alternate styles to you, my readers. So be looking for that.

Report From SXSW

Thursday, March 13th, 2003

Tantek Çelik, Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman recently gave a panel on CSS entitled “CSS: Between the (Style) Sheets”. These three are pobably the leading guys in CSS design, goodness knows I’ve learned a lot from them.

Anyway, Jefferey gives a nice example on how to preload hover states in stylesheets. Maybe for fun I’ll do something like this with the images in my navigation bar (currently to the right). And for an idea of how the panel went, photo matt gives his notes.

Jeffrey: The thing about CSS, it’s hard to understand unless you first think about markup. It’s hard to rethink the way you approach X/HTML. There’s so much to do that it seems strange to think about HTML, but in fact it’s important. We now have the chance to party like it’s 1993, we have the chance to write it like it was meant. We (designers) could do that until browsers became compliant. Saves Bandwidth. Work is now more accessible.

I am amazed at how many people continue to use (and even promote) non-standard markup. These people have pages that are 3x – 10x bigger than what they need to be, and changing any stylistic element on the page becomes a hassle as they spend hours wading through miles of table tags. I simply don’t get it. By contrast a well structured page can be redesigned by editing one file, namely the CSS file. Mine for instance can easily change almost the entire look of the page. And with different style sheets for different medias, I can deliver my content to users in a usuable manner, whether they are using a modern computer browser, a handheld device, web-enabled cell phone, aural readers, etc. Granted I have yet to implement style sheets for all these mediasm but the fact that I can is a compelling one.

Would You Like Freedom Fries With That?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2003

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about people changing the name of their foods just to prove a point to France. Okay, so France hasn’t been supporting us but why must I change the names of the foods I eat? Back during World War II this practice was acceptable because Hitler was being down right evil. But France is not, they just don’t have a backbone to support us in going to war.

I for one will not call my foods by a different name. If a restaurant wants to force it on me then I’ll take my money elsewhere to an establishment that has chosen to remain mature about the whole thing.