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Saturday, January 06, 2001

"I like it, you like it. But will the hippies like it?" There's some funny ad spoofing in this Holiday movie from Duncan Channon.

Friday, January 05, 2001

From WebReview.com: Web Standards Project: The Wasp is Back, Stinger and All.
Pixelpony.com has a new look, which is a very nice look indeed. Click on a photo thumbnail if you care at all about photography, interface, or the nicer things in life.
Adam Mathes's Organanzine has launched. Read more about it at Adam's trenchant.org.
From Web Techniques: Generating Style Sheets Dynamically (XSL, that is).
Help make Blogger go faster, with your purchase of a Blogger coffee mug or mouse pad. I am glad that they now offer such schwag, since I wasn't sure I wanted to just give money to a business, even though I like the product and really like what I know of all the people there. So now I can buy a coffee mug AND help them get a new server: the best of both worlds!

P.S. I hate the word "schwag" too.
The Hyperlinked Metaphysics of the Web
The Web hasn't been hyped enough. It is changing our culture's basic concepts, our metaphysics.
Thanks Kottke.
The CHI-WEB mailing list has seen some interesting discussion topics lately. Here is a quote from a recent post that asks some tough questions for a web application developer:
Why do we insist on developing web pages for tasks that may be better served by leveraging an application native to the OS (and familiar UI) ... ?
Also, this thread discussing readable line lengths on the web is worth a read for any web developer/designer.

Thursday, January 04, 2001

From Interaction Design comes the Navigation in Web applications - Online paper. Thanks Cameron.
Here is a set of slides from what seems to be a good introductory XSL Tutorial by Paul Grosso and Norman Walsh.

Wednesday, January 03, 2001

Gallery of Stupid XSL/XSLT Tricks
More on DOCTYPE Declarations, from Apple's Internet Developer site.
From an article on Content Management Systems (emphasis mine):
Until two years ago, Philly.com, the online version of the Philadelphia Inquirer, was saddled with a primitive content-management system that required editors and site producers to do lots of coding and to depend on cumbersome drag-and-drop technology to handle archiving. "At first we thought it was wonderful, but eventually we realized it was ruining our lives and taking away our will to live," says John McQuiggan, director of site operations.

Tuesday, January 02, 2001

More on Tea: courtesy Derek comes the Rec.food.drink.tea FAQ, and a nice History of Tea.
Occasionally, I make an extra effort to make sure everyone knows what a dork I am. I did it in 1989, when my graduating class of Midlothian High School had our class picture taken in the bleachers of our football field. And I'm doing it again now by showing you that picture:


David Neale, Me, David Daniel, David Harrington

You see, if you look at the full picture (we're on the far right bottom) you'll see that many people stole highway and road signs from road #1989 so they could hold them up as our class picture was snapped, thereby declaring their unparalleled school spirit and class pride. As a gentle mockery, and as a part of an ongoing fascination with the 1960's that my friends and I shared, we stole the sign for road #1965 and attired ourselves LIKE AS IF WE WERE THE BEATLES!!!!!

I'm sure others will be more intrigued that those other Beatles are all named David.

Others will notice I am wearing flip-flops, as was the fashion of the day.

Others will click here in the hopes of finding something worthwhile to read.
From Hot Beverages Handbooks 2000 (!) comes some good information on tea.
I have been drinking a lot of tea lately, largely due to all the British literature I have been reading. You simply cannot read about people who take tea so seriously without trying it for yourself. I've also been looking for good informational sites about tea. I know there are better sites out there, and I am going to try and find them for you, but here's a good one for starters: A Coffee Lover's Guide to Tea.

PS- my favorites teas of now: Goldentip in the day, and Lapsang Souchong at night.
Here's an IIS bug that I'll wager not many have encountered:
SYMPTOMS: Internet Information Server (IIS) extended log files may be incorrect and may contain an incorrect "constant" time field.

CAUSE: This problem can occur if the server runs for more than 49 days without being restarted.
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