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Quick!  I need $94.50!
Gary Larson has just released every single Far Side comic in print, and about 1100 or so that haven’t been published in book form before, along with letters from fans, enemies, etc.  It’s a two volume hardback set that packs in at a whopping 1,250 …
Saturday Nov 29, 2003 | 2 Comments
Strange (but good) Brew
Each year there are a few seasonal beers that I have grown attached to that I find myself buying as much as possible as soon as they are released.  I’ve droned on (not here yet, wait till March) about Pyramid Brewing Co.‘s Tilted Kilt, but …
Friday Nov 28, 2003 | 5 Comments
The Writhing Smelly Masses
Well, I did it.  I went to the mall today.  I don’t know exactly why I subject myself to it every year—I mean, I don’t even celebrate Christmas, so it’s not like I’m trying to play my part in the holiday shopping game.  I guess …
Friday Nov 28, 2003 | 0 Comments
Margin Collapse in CSS
Andy Budd (who apparently lives in Brighton, which is where my mate Ben lives…) brings us an excellent essay about margin collapse in :CSS:.  This is a phenomenon that I knew existed and knew a little bit about it, but this article does a really …
Wednesday Nov 26, 2003 | 0 Comments
Orson Scott Card on Terrorism
The Ornery American has an essay by famed sci-fi/fantasy author Orson Scott Card up.  In it, Card compares the current terrorism in the world with the wave of terrorism that swept the world in the late 19th, early 20th century from the Anarchists.  It’s a …
Tuesday Nov 25, 2003 | 1 Comment
Nice Try, Uncle Spam..er..Sam
To win the award for best “Nice Try But Waste of Your Time” legislature, the Senate has passed the bill introduced in the House of Representatives to help reduce spam.  The idea is that, like the Do Not Call list, this bill allows the FTC …
Tuesday Nov 25, 2003 | 3 Comments
I am a Digital Nerd
As much as I usually try to avoid posting about all those “find out what xxxx” you are quizzes, I must admit that I took this recent MSNBC one on your Digital IQ.  Basically, it measures how “with it” you are in regards to all …
Monday Nov 24, 2003 | 12 Comments
CSS Crib Sheet
Dave Shea of mezzoblue and the Web Standards Project is trying to put together a :CSS: Crib Sheet.  In his words a CSS Best Practice is a one sentence action statement, a ‘thou shalt’ or ‘thou shalt not’ (paraphrased, of course) that highlights a specific …
Thursday Nov 20, 2003 | 0 Comments
On Unladen Swallows
Thanks to some sharp detective work and number crunching by Jonathan Corum, it appears that we now have the answer to that vexing age-old question: “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?” To which, of course, your reply should be: “What do you …
Wednesday Nov 19, 2003 | 0 Comments
CSS Decoration
Here’s some more “hard-core” :CSS: for you, Derek: Advanced CSS Ornamentation.  There’s some really cool ideas here for stuff I never would have thought of. Some of these ideas will only work in the Opera browser, unfortunately (though that’s still far superior to the dreaded …
Tuesday Nov 18, 2003 | 2 Comments
longdomainname.com
Good grief!  What the heck were those movie studio executives thinking when they registered the “official site” for the movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World?  http://www.masterandcommanderthefarsideoftheworld.com What a horribly long and unwieldy domain name that is.  I think I’m too tired …
Monday Nov 17, 2003 | 2 Comments
CSS Vault
Woohoo!  More :CSS: goodness! This time it’s CSS Vault, which is an attempt to provide a collection of sorts for sites that display really good use of CSS as well as a general collection of CSS resources (tips, tricks, etc.).  Awesome stuff and I hope …
Friday Nov 14, 2003 | 0 Comments
How (Mostly) Not to Write your CSS
I’m going to depart from my normal routine of pointing out really good resources.  This time I’m going to point you to a resource that, :IMO:, generally has pretty poor advice about how to write a good stylesheet.  Writing Perfect Style Sheets is supposed to …
Friday Nov 14, 2003 | 0 Comments
Automatically Cite your Quotes
Okay, Derek, here’s a bit more “hard-core” :CSS: trickery just for you.  Web-graphics.com linked to this really cool idea to use CSS to automatically display the citation source for a blockquote.  It works in Gecko-based browsers and probably in Safari, but not in :IE:, though …
Friday Nov 14, 2003 | 2 Comments
Exchange those Euros
Boing Boing links to what they term a “fotonovela”.  It’s a fascinating tale of someone who went into a bank and exchanged 50 Euro for US dollars and then back to Euros.  This was repeated until only change remained.  Be sure to continue through to …
Thursday Nov 13, 2003 | 0 Comments
No Saruman in RotK??
And to continue the movie news… WTF??  Christopher Lee seems to be confirming that his role as the wizard Saruman has been cut from the forthcoming Return of the King movie—the final chapter in the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy.  This seriously sucks because …
Thursday Nov 13, 2003 | 7 Comments
Goonies… a Sequel?
MTV is saying that Richard Donner and Steven Spielberg are working to try and get a sequel made to the cult-classic movie Goonies.  Yeah, you all remember Goonies with Mikey, Data, Chunk, and the rest of the gang.  This would definitely be really cool. …
Thursday Nov 13, 2003 | 3 Comments
CssCreator: 3-column Layouts
Yet one more entry into the “automate the web development process” category.  This time it’s CssCreator, which is an online tool to help you create a 3-column, fixed-width, CSS-based (duh) design with all columns the same height.  Oh, and it has headers and footers thrown …
Wednesday Nov 12, 2003 | 0 Comments
Web Design: Flow and Float
A couple of good design/development articles came to my attention yesterday, both by Position is Everything.  The first article deals with positioning and flow of a document.  It starts out talking about the standby “table-based” layout approach and then discusses how the various options for …
Wednesday Nov 12, 2003 | 2 Comments
Corporate Mofo: Matrix Revolutions
Back when Matrix: Reloaded came out I linked to a very interesting article that explored a lot of the real-world mythology and history behind the Matrix trilogy (well, two movies at that point).  The Corporate Mofo now has out their guide to Matrix: Revolutions. Much …
Tuesday Nov 11, 2003 | 17 Comments
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