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Wednesday, October 24, 2001

John Weir, DHTML coder without peer, has released a version of his columnizing code in use at IHT.com. He calls it sg layout, and its available to all under a GPL.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2001

I feel completely vindicated in my hatred of maraschino cherries after reading about how they are made:
Mature sweet cherries are first brined in a solution of one percent sulfur dioxide and one-half percent unslaked lime, which firms and bleaches the fruits to a lovely shade of ivory. Most manufacturers use swimming-pool-size vats in which the cherries are soaked for four to six weeks. The cherries are pitted and bleached again with sodium chlorite. Leaching the cherries in water for 24 to 36 hours removes the bleaching agent. Next, they are stored in sodium bisulfite brine for two weeks to firm them. A sugar solution is added simultaneously with red food coloring and is interchanged five times over seven days until the cherries achieve the necessary sugar content. Finally, almond flavor is added.
Does anybody read this anymore? If you do, I sure don't deserve it, as little as I have worked on glish.com lately.

I had a summer that in some respects was pretty rough, and in some respects was pretty great.

I took more than a month off from the computer.

I installed two dishwashers, one kitchen sink, a kitchen's worth of cabinets, a stove top, and later this afternoon will hopefully finish plumbing a bathroom in our guest room in the attic.

I visited my grandmother in the hospital a week before she died, and then at her funeral saw many aunts, uncles and cousins that I had not seen in a decade.

I went on, off, on Paxil. And then off again because I left it at my grandfather's house two weekends ago. When I get it in the mail, I'll go back on it.

We ate a lot of eggplant this summer. Caponata, parmigiana, stuffed, and fried. We didn't eat enough fish.

I spent too much time at Home Depot. And too much time watching baseball and those accursed Braves.

I tore out ceilings, floors, walls, cabinets, and a pool.

I bailed on my speaking gig at web2001 because of my horrible state of mind. I drastically cut back on my involvement on the DHTML Bible because of same.

I bought a lot of tools for working on the house.

Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, and I nearly cry every time I see the now humble downtown skyline.

After a month off I find myself slowly becoming comfortable again working on the computer. I am now working on my presentation for the photoplus Expo coming up November 2nd.

I think I am back at glish.com.

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