This matters. This is important. Why did you say six months?
Why did you say five minutes?
Saturday, May 24
I'm too tired to blog. I'm almost too tired to type. Blah. And I ran out of chocolate. Sucks to be me.
On the other hand... Uh, no, can't think of anything. Shoo! Go read Dave Barry or something. A book. Read a book. Dave also writes books. Good books. Funny books. But between him and Carl Hiaasen, I'm not likely to visit Florida until after it's been submerged beneath the rising waters of the ocean for a good long while. A coupla thousand years oughta do the trick.
Friday, May 23
Book of the Day is The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. It appears to be another Discworld-for-kids book, like The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (which was excellent). If you've read any of Pratchett's other children's books, you'll know that they're also great for grownups.
I can't review it yet, because I haven't, um, actually read it. I only bought it today, and I'm still reading Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet which I bought yesterday. (I hope the current run of reprints covers the complete series, because I haven't read most of the later ones.)
Web Site of the Day, then, is lspace.org, which is the centre for information about Pratchett's writings, particularly the Discworld books.
Thursday, May 22
Web site of the Day is catenema.com. If you've previously read the original story, it's time for another visit, as the author has more stories to tell.
Working at work today. Uh, that is, I went in to the office, after several days of working from home. Natually, I took the opportunity to do a little shopping at lunchtime. Two new D&D manuals (Fiend Folio and Races of Faerun), a new Rabbi Small book (well, new to the current reprint, anyway), the Sims Superstar expansion pack (which makes how many now? Six?), and the latest shipment from my Anime pusher, including new volumes of Fancy Lala, Inu-Yasha and Noir, and the first volumes of Please Teacher (Onegai Teacher) and .hack//sign.
I'll be writing more about anime now that I have my new Movable Type (yay!) blog with categories and stuff. Watch for it!
Wednesday, May 21
OK, the site now looks fine in Mozilla and Opera. It also looks fine in Internet Explorer. Exactly how I wanted it. As long as your font size is set to "medium". Mozilla and Opera have no problems with changing the font size; Opera has a nifty trick of scaling everything and works no matter what; Mozilla works perfectly at three sizes and reasonably well until you start getting into the absurdly large; Explorer - resize and bleah. Well, I'll probably do a "plain jane" stylesheet for people with odd browsers, or those who need font sizes cranked up real large. Hmm hmm hmm. I could make things scale a little better if I made the sidebars wider. Hmm hmm.
But I do play one in real life.
Mozilla users can preview the new Ambient Irony here. IE users can wail and gnash their teeth. If you don't have any teeth, they will be provided.
(If you're reading this then you've obviously made it to the right place. Leave a comment. Let me know what you think.)
Tuesday, May 20
Oh, that's charming. Blogger ate my rant. Grrr!
And Moveable Type, while stable and elegant, is as slow as a wet week. Grrr! Grrr!!
There's no question any more: Mozilla is by far a better browser than Internet Explorer. Just two features are enough to blow IE out of the water: popup blocking - I never see a popup - and tabbed browsing. I often have a dozen tabs open. One window, twelve web pages. No clutter, fast, simple. Right-click a link and it opens in another tab while you keep reading the page you're on.
But there's a third and even bigger reason: IE's CSS (cascading stylesheet) support sucks. That's the mildest word I can think of to describe it. What can you say for a browser that implements the right-hand margin backwards, so that your page is guaranteed to extend beyond the width of your window? Or how about a browser that, when you overlay one section of the page on another, makes all your images disappear?
I have a beautiful layout for my new Moveable Type blog, simple and elegant, and IE fucks it up beyond redemption. I could mess around and generate alternate stylesheets for Mozilla/Opera vs. IE, but the whole goddamn point of stylesheets is that you're not supposed to have to do that.
Monday, May 19
For more Dave Barryesque goodness than you could poke a reasonably large stick at, why not visit AutoDave!, the automated Dave Barry column generator. Looks like they've done a bit of work on it since I last visited.
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