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Friday, May 18, 2001

We apologise for the fault in that last post. Those responsible have been sacked.
I'd like to link to this web page
so interesting is the tale
of the making of the most famous
Coke ad of all time.
I need to load test the5k.org.

Thursday, May 17, 2001

Jeff Veen has a very interesting article at webtechniques.com on using "contextual inquiry" techniques to help design succesful and useful interfaces: Stalk Your User.
Steven Champeon has a new article on JavaScript at O'Reilly: JavaScript: Why You Don't Know More About It.

Scott Andrew LePera has a new article on DHTML at Apple's Internet Developer site: Working with Javascript - Navigator 6 DHTML.

And once all the papers get signed I'll feel more comfortable announcing a project I'll be working on with both Steve and Scott. I'm excited.
iLOR is a search engine powered by Google with some interesting interface additions.
iLOR Search results have many more options than regular search sites! When you pause your cursor arrow over a search result using iLOR, an option menu appears that gives you exciting, useful and easier ways to explore the results that are relevant to your search and ignore the ones that are not.
The Document Object Model: an Introduction, by Peter-Paul Koch.
In this article I'd like to give a short introduction and history of the DOM. It's not really a tutorial, but after you've read this you'll hopefully have a better grasp on this enigmatic model and why it is important to web development.
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Saturday, May 19, 2001

Less than a mile from our house: Out-of-control car strikes and kills boy outside Zoo.
A trip to the St. Louis Zoo ended in death Friday afternoon for a boy from St. Peters when a speeding car spun off Wells Drive and onto a crowded sidewalk, throwing the child about 40 feet.

Luke Maue, 7, had been standing beside his mother a few feet from the landmark "Zoo" sign pillar near the south entrance. The impact knocked him into a garden, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
When your son is set to go to the zoo on Monday on a school field trip, stories like this are especially horrifying.

Friday, May 18, 2001

Metro Pulse, apparently a Knoxville magazine, ran a fantastic article on Cormac McCarthy in March of this year: He Felt at Home Here. I hesitate to suggest you read the article if you have not yet read McCarthy's Child of God because it gives away much of the novel, and part of the novel's effect for me was the slow revelation of the extent of Lester Ballards's depravity. But if you have read any of McCarthy's early novels you will be interested in the interviews with some of McCarthy's Knoxville friends that are the basis for many of the characters in The Orchard Keeper, Suttree, and Child of God.
I am reading Cormac McCarthy's Suttree again. I have a bad habit of re-reading books when there are still so many I have not yet read, but it's such a great book. If you are a fan, you may be interested in this New York Times article from 1992: Cormac McCarthy's Venomous Fiction. It's the product of what I think is the only interview McCarthy has ever given.

Thursday, May 17, 2001

You may have noticed a rather serious decrease of glish.com activity lately. I know I don't have to apologize to you, but I feel like I owe myself an explanation. So here goes...

I'm not in a very good state of mind. I have reason to be very happy, since we just sold our house and are now a mere 6 weeks from moving back to NYC and into a house nearly as large as our house here in St. Louis, which is about twice as much room as we expected to have... And I have been working on interesting projects lately, and getting new opportunities to work with people I really respect. And I have wonderful kids and a wife that loves me.

But I am horrible at handling stress. And I am over weight. And irresponsible. And preparing a house for sale is time-consuming and stressful, and not something I ever want to go through again. And my grandmother just fell and had to have hip replacement surgery, and her heart and lungs are not doing well, and I wonder if I should fly out to see her now.

So to cope with all that I have been drinking too much beer, playing too much poker, and not maintaining this website. That's a decent explanation, isn't it?
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