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Friday, April 13, 2001

JavaScript Style Sheets: the CSS that "coulda been". This brief read offers up an explanation as to why CSS support in Netscape 4.x is Quite Awful.
The IE6 Bug Report page is online for a reason. If you're beta-testing IE6 and run into trouble on a particular website, be sure to let Microsoft know.
Matt bitches about the slashdot conversation on the 5k site, and he said basically what I was going to say about same. I'll add a complaint that a certain slashdot comment which is nothing but (condescending) conjecture about the site architecture was moderated at 3, while my reply which explained how he was wrong still sits unseen with a rating of 1.

So here is how it lays out: smirky unfounded criticism of a site that uses Microsoft software: Score:3, Interesting. Reply from the builder of the site with details of the site construction and an explanation that site slowness was caused by bandwidth contrainsts, not server power: Score:1.

Slashdot rules!
Actually from yesterday, but Blogger was broken: So the5k.org got slashdotted this morning, and we've maxed out our bandwidth. Of course the bright folks at /. had some nasty things to say about the use of evil Microsoft products on the site, and how MSSQL just had to be the problem. They didn't know about my top secret XML caching code that seems to be holding up just fine under the weight of the /. onslaught. Now if only we had an OC3...

BTW, I have been spending this week almost entirely working on optimizing the 5k site, so if I owe you an email, forgive me. It is coming.

Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Man, there are some really amazing entries in this year's 5k contest. I would point some out to you, but it is much more rewarding if you find them yourself...

Also, please rate as many as you can. The scores that the entries get over the next few weeks will influence which ones go on to the judges. And as an added bonus, when you rate an entry you get a nice little link to another random entry that you haven't yet rated. Try it, you'll like it.

Monday, April 09, 2001

BTW, the © and ® bullets you see on this page are completely serious. If I catch you stealing any of my links, well, let's just say my uncle-in-law is a lawyer.
I like these creepy digital photograph morphs a lot.
Update- Cecil says the candiru stroy is largely a myth: Can the candiru fish swim upstream into your urethra?.
Under the navigation box at the top right of this screen there is a little tab labeled "elsewhere". Clicking on that tab will get you a list of other weblogs that I find exceptional in one way or another. I don't read them all regularly, though I probably would if I had the time. Anyway, I have been slowly building that list and today I added an egregious omission: weberrific.

Although I don't visit as often as I'd like, Jay always has links that I find interesting on his site. Today I found there a link to a page on a fish known as the vampire fish of Brazil. This particular fish will follow the urine stream of a submerged animal and then lodge itself in the animal's urinary tract with some nice pointy spikes. It is the only known vertebrate to parasitize humans. I read about this fish when I was in 3rd grade in some sensationlistic library book about "real life monsters" or something, and it scared the jabberwocky out of me. Sine then I always kind of assumed it was not a real animal, until today. Now I know I will never go swimming in Brazil.
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Friday, April 13, 2001

Actually from yesterday, but Blogger was broken: The bad news is that I realized the other day in the grocery store that by naming our children "Jude" and "Phoebe" we have assured that they will never get any of those rainbow pencils with their names stenciled on them, or those little personalized license plates that you hang on your door. The good news is that you still can get the rainbow pencils with "Eric" on stenciled on them. In fact, I am writing this very post with one!
Actually from yesterday, but Blogger was broken: So last night I spilled some beer on my laptop, and when I told two fellow internet laborers about the incident, and about how I had to re-install the OS, and how my screen now has some wacky streaks in it, they both immediately asked me what kind of beer it was. Even the most hardcore web-geeks understand that there is more to life than computers.
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