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Speaking of Beer
An excerpt from a conversation I just had over ICQ with a friend.  We’ll call him “José” even though his real name is “Pete”.  I just think Josť sounds cool. Chris C: Bah.  I’ll drink nearly anything.  Except “Modelo Especial”.  That stuff, literally, tasted like …
Friday May 30, 2003 | 4 Comments
“I Blame Microsoft”
He’s right, it does feel good putting that as a headline… [grin] Anyway, ongoing put up a nice, short article talking about how CSS is like rocket science, or at least should be.  In the good way, not in the hard-to-understand way.  Mostly, though, it …
Thursday May 29, 2003 | 0 Comments
I’ll have the Aircraft Carrier, Please
So, you’ve been looking for a little pleasure boat, huh?  Something to take out to the lake on the weekend?  Well, look no further than the HMS Vengeance (well, formerly, at least). For a paltry $4.5 million, you can have your very own working aircraft …
Thursday May 29, 2003 | 1 Comment
How Much is a Kilogram, Again?
It appears as though the platinum-iridium cylinder which has been the standard against which a kilogram is measured since 1889 has been losing “weight”.  So, now they’re searching for a new standard against which to define the kilogram. I’ll now demostrate my true geekiness (it …
Wednesday May 28, 2003 | 1 Comment
CSS Tabs with Submenus
More CSS Tabbing fun—this time, CSS tabs with submenus.  As they should, these use correctly formatted unordered lists and key off the ID (or class, in the example) of the to display the right tab/submenu.  Definitely cool.
Wednesday May 28, 2003 | 2 Comments
Random CSS-based Designs
Now this is a really cool idea.  Strange Banana has a generator on their site which will create completely computer-generated CSS page designs. Having trouble coming up with something for your site?  Just reload the generator page until you get something you like and save …
Wednesday May 28, 2003 | 2 Comments
Apple Cripples iTunes
Well, I don’t suppose this should really come as a surprise to anyone.  It seems that Apple’s newest update to iTunes makes it so you can only share music locally.  No more listening to your home collection at work, I guess. I’m not a Mac …
Wednesday May 28, 2003 | 0 Comments
Jabberwocky
Yes, this is more or less completely random.  I don’t care. Jabberwocky, for those who don’t know, is a poem that Alice encounters in Through the Looking Glass.  I never read that book, but I’ve always been interested in this poem—probably because I’d hear my …
Tuesday May 27, 2003 | 1 Comment
Supercomputing PS2s
It seems that the NCSA (the same people, I might add, who gave us Mosaic) is dabbling in using PS2s as supercomputers. They’ve placed 70 of the consoles together in a system that’s capable of performing more than half a trillion calculations per second.  That’s …
Tuesday May 27, 2003 | 1 Comment
More CSS Tutorials
Several days ago I linked to the first in a series of CSS tutorials.  Well, Siimon Willison has continued his series and now has 4 tutorials up.  If you’re interested at all in CSS, be sure to take a look at CSS ain’t Rocket Science.  …
Friday May 23, 2003 | 0 Comments
Foiled Again
Oops, I guess I did blog it after all. [grin]  Oh well.  As the villian-of-the-week on Scooby-Doo would say, “I’ll get you if it’s the last thing I do, Derek!!”
Thursday May 22, 2003 | 1 Comment
No, I Won’t Blog it, Derek
Derek told me that I just had to blog this article about shocking women’s clothing.  I told him that if he was going to be that insistent, then I definitely wouldn’t blog it! So I’m not.  Blogging it, that is.  Take that, Derek! …
Thursday May 22, 2003 | 0 Comments
Beautycheck
This is a really interesting site detailing a German study into facial beauty.  I haven’t read it all, but there are a lot of really interesting things about what makes a “beautiful” face.
Wednesday May 21, 2003 | 1 Comment
Analyzing ‘The Matrix Reloaded’
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m, essentially, a fairly shallow person.  Well, at least when it comes to finding “meaning” in movies, books, and other things like that.  I don’t know if it’s my inherent laziness that prevents me from really wanting to …
Wednesday May 21, 2003 | 3 Comments
Intro to CSS
I’m a huge fan of using CSS when creating web pages/sites.  I started out just using it to define a few fonts and colors and eventually moved to the point where I now (usually) write standards-compliant XHTML/CSS code that separates presentation from content.  Well, when …
Tuesday May 20, 2003 | 1 Comment
Wired News: Getting Inside Einstein’s Head
Albert Einstein is inarguably an interesting character.  The recently launched Einstein Online Archives site now allows anyone to easily access all kinds of information about Einstein—from travel diaries to published papers. Wired.com has a great article up about the release of this website.  Find out …
Tuesday May 20, 2003 | 0 Comments
‘Wonderful Days’
Aw, heck… while I’m on the topic of movies, I might as well keep going.  A friend pointed me toward Wonderful Days.  It’s a Korean anime set to release in July 2003.  Well, set to release over in Korea, anyway—who knows when/if we’ll see it …
Monday May 19, 2003 | 0 Comments
Finding Equilibrium
My roommate bought the Equilibrium DVD this weekend and we watched it.  First, the movie premise: It’s the future well after World War III.  The entire population takes emotion-suppressing drugs because they found that emotions are the root of all of humanities problems—crime, war, etc.  …
Monday May 19, 2003 | 0 Comments
I Want to be Spider-Man…
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on recreating the gecko’s incredible sticking ability.  They’re making polymer-based setae that have the same kind of adhesive ability as those found on real geckos.  A gecko’s incredible ability is due to their setae and what is known …
Friday May 16, 2003 | 1 Comment
Verisign Patented What??
In yet another in a long list of examples why the US Patent Office is run by a pack of blathering morons, they’ve now granted hated Verisign a DNS Lookup Patent.  They already control what seems like half the internet and don’t give a damn …
Friday May 16, 2003 | 0 Comments
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