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Thursday, November 29, 2001

Index of HTML 4.0 Character Entity References
sqlxml.org -- all about SQL2000 XML support.
Cascading Style Sheets 2.0 Programmer's Reference by Eric A. Cascading Style Sheets Meyer. (Literally!)
An excellent article on CSS Positioning, again from Mike Hall.
Shutterfly, an online photo processing and printing service, has a pretty good site. In particular, the Quick tour is a great piece of work. Simple DHTML magic allows you to get an idea of what services Shutterfly offers, the writing is clear, the design simple and effective.
Very nice: Mike Hall's Playing Cards with CSS.

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Josh Santangelo wrote a brilliant bookmarklet for viewing a page's comments. Scott points out that it somehow gets around standard JavaScript security that should disallow the running of a script from another domain. The old standardbrains bookmarklets that allow you to edit and save the text of a web page in situ loaded a script you had to install on your hard drive. I wonder if Josh might should do it that way to avoid all the hits his server will get once his bookmarklet makes the rounds. Then again, I suppose there may not really be enough geeks who will actually install it to actually put a dent in his traffic.
From 37signals comes Design Not Found > Real World Examples of Good and Bad Contingency Design:
Online frustration lurks at every click. "This isn't what I searched for." "Did my order go through?" "How do I get out of here?" "Where is the page I clicked on?" Too often surfers wind up feeling lost, confused, or helpless.

Design Not Found is here to help. Our snapshot collection displays real-world examples of good and bad contingency design. It's the perfect way to learn more about how various sites handle this important usability issue.
Mathowie points us to the The Sacramento Bee, which features a fantastic CSS and DHTML interface.
IE Emu for Moz
The goal of this article is to emulate a lot of IE behaviors to work in Mozilla, both to make old IE specific scripts work in Mozilla but also to make it easier to create new scripts that work in both IE5 and Mozilla.
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Friday, November 30, 2001

Howard Gossage on How to Look at Billboards
First, what is the difference between seeing an ad on a billboard and seeing an ad in a magazine? The answer, in a word, is permission -- or, in three words, freedom of choice.

Thursday, November 29, 2001

My friend V pointed me to Eggs Benedict New York
This site reviews eggs Benedict dishes from restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn. It also discusses eggs Benedict's history, nutrition, and medical risks, and offers several recipes.
I love the internet.
BTW, they said the burgers were excellent.
So some friends, one of whom is visiting from out of town, were looking for a good place to get burgers here in NY. Not having a ready answer, I turned again to the World Wide Computer Inter Net and googled up "best burger in NY". newyork.citysearch.com came out on top of the listings, and I perused their Best of Citysearch 2001 best hamburger listings, finally deciding to recommend the audience winner, Corner Bistro. Now, I suppose this happens a lot, and I suppose it radically changes the clientele of a small little tavern in the winding streets of the West village, and I suppose that the locals HATE it when that happens, and I suppose that they would do anything to try and keep people from streaming into their little burger joint, creating lines to get in, and just generally ruining things. I suppose they would even go so far as to inundate the user citysearch.com user reviews with hilarious, nasty fake reviews such as:
slum slum slum slumiest
Posted by Alf Landon on Nov. 28, 2001
This is the sort of place Ed Koch would eat at. It's for the diseased mentally ill. Mike the Mayor will likely eat here too ...no doubt take his staff here to show them the value of thrift. This place and the food is for brain dead poseur losers. Period Period. Period. Let toid woilrd ( double sic) immigrants have it as their own. Sanitary standards will remind them of home.
and
not even bad
Posted by Truth & Justice on Nov. 25, 2001
The food at the CB is a Rikers Island reject. The beer fell off the back of Mexican truck. The beef in the burger is road kill. The help is not healthy. There is not one single clean square inch in the joint. Don't go.
They're all pretty amusing, especially the ones that rise indignantly to defend the Corner Bistro against such slander:
Inclusively Yours
Posted by dermot conley on Nov. 28, 2001
Note how all the bad reviews of Corner Bistro are from shrill, thugish, identity-seeking, social tour guides. Lemme ask you all one question. Reading their reviews, would you rather be where they are? Listen to the silence.

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

In the past I've always made uncooked eggnog; this year I may try this cooked eggnog recipe from Cook's Illustrated.
If I owe you an email, I swear it's coming. I am so far behind.
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