Archive for May, 2003

Neo and The Architect

Sunday, May 25th, 2003

Via tantek, Simon Jessey has provided a complete transcript of the interaction between Neo and The Architect. Near as I can tell, the transcript is exactly what is in the movie. And I’ve seen it three times so my memory of it is pretty clear.

Anyway, it provides a way for people to, at their own pace, to go back over this very complicated scene and try to make sense of it all. Thanks Simon for this great resource.

The Way of Website Evolution

Saturday, May 24th, 2003

Via Simian Design, the Quiet Death of Re-Launch. This is a facinating article giving a clear cut example as to why websites should slowly evolve from subtle change to subtle change. The times of major and/or complete site design overhauls are over. So embrace this new era and give your users some consistency for a change.

What Kind of Nerd Are You?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2003

I are the Puter Nerd

Via Zuly’s Zu, took an online nerd test with the results prominently displayed above.

Disclaimer: I don’t know every computer language (including Java), but I’m getting close.

Muted Gray Update

Sunday, May 18th, 2003

Made a few changes to the Muted Gray theme. I’m still torn on what to do with the masthead/header. Maybe I’m trying to hard on it and its fine as is. Let me know.

Wireless Goodness

Saturday, May 17th, 2003

Got a wireless CompactFlash network card for my Dell PDA today. Now I am no longer bound to my desktop for all my tasks. I am even writing this entry from my PDA (cumbersome as it is). Now I just need to find other locations that offer free wireless internet access in the Lowell/Boston area. Anyone know of any?

The Matrix Reloaded Review

Thursday, May 15th, 2003

Went to the Matrix Reloaded screening last night in Lowell. Let me just say this movie rules on so many levels. The most notable thing is the visual effects. There are some very intense action scenes in here that have never been done before. In an interview, the producer (Joel Silver) said that one fight scene took two years to render! Now that’s a commitment to quality that no movie goer can forget.

The movie also deals with the idea of freedom of choice and what one is willing to do about choices that have already been made. The humans believe there is freedom of choice while the machines believe that choice is only an illusion.

As if that wasn’t enough, Neo, throughout the entire second half of the movie, is slowly discovering the truth about the Matrix. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will tell you that Neo is pitted with an impossible choice.

This movie is so complex that one viewing just won’t do it. I highly recommend seeing it at least a second time. I my self am seeing it again tonight. Hopefully I will see it a few more times before it leaves theaters.

And make sure you wait through to the end of the credits because there is a trailer for The Matrix Revolutions. I am giddy with anticipation for this one as well.

New Theme: Muted Gray

Sunday, May 11th, 2003

A little in reponse to recent events, I have again redesinged my blog. Done entirely CSS as the last one, I went for a more subtle change and used grays as best I could. Feel free to let me know what you think and of any changes that beckon a change as well as any suggestions.

The CSS Zend Garden

Friday, May 9th, 2003

Via webgraphics, the CSS Zen Garden. This site is absolutely beautiful. Some very clean and inspiring designs. And all done in CSS none the less. Proving once again that CSS can provide form and function.

Little Gem Or Major Pain?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2003

Asa wrote that he is thinking of redesigning his blog and in the process mentioned that he might use the same mini icon technique that I did. He even called it (the technique or my blog? Unsure.) a “little gem”. Isn’t that nice of him? I sure think so.

However there seems to be a few people commenting on his article that have expressed that my site: hurts their eyes, is not very neat, and is ugly. Well, to all those who spoke up in Asa’s blog, I invite you to criticize me here, not there. That is back stabbing and just plain rude. I don’t mind if you have adverse comments about my site, but say it to me, not on someone else’s site. As you do so try to bear in mind that I am new to web design. I try, I really do and I am willing to make mistakes. But don’t go around in dark corners whispering about my pit falls, make them known to me so that I can learn. A simple courtesy, that’s all I ask.

IE5.2/Mac Badness

Monday, May 5th, 2003

Ick, just had a look at my site through IE5.2/Mac. The spacing is all wrong in the header area. I’m gonna look into it further, but if you feel you have the answer then feel free to let me know.