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2015-01-29 Recently Read

Grantland: How ‘Selma’ Got Smeared As a member of more than one marginalized group of people, I can attest that these sorts of conversations with allies happen all the time wherein the needs of the marginalized group end up being subservient to the plans of their allies, who have more power and are able to

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Life Cycles of Online Social Networks

The “funny but true” ones The one that started it all: The life of a Usenet newsgroup The Natural Life Cycle of Mailing Lists The Life Cycle of Online Discussions And the boring serious analysis Four Stages of Social Movements The Lifecycle of Groups

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Potential Web Hosting Replacements for Media Temple

After yesterday’s announcement of GoDaddy buying Media Temple, (more about this on TechCrunch) I’ll need to move. But it’s going to be a couple months before I can do that, so these are some notes about hosts to research when I get some free time to make the switch. These were all recommended to me

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You can go into buildings on Google Street View?

I was looking up street names in London to update this page on funny British place names, and as I was playing on Street View, I found myself inside a London pub. Pop into this pub yourself, if you’d like. No one was there to give me a drink, so I left. Apparently this is

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jPanelMenu

via jPanelMenu | A jQuery Plugin for Awesome Navigation: jPanelMenu is a jQuery plugin that creates a paneled-style menu (like the type seen in the mobile versions of Facebook and Google, as well as in many native iPhone applications). Just click on the menu button (the top left of this page) to see it in

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HTML9 Responsive Boilerstrap JS

Ha ha ha. That’s awesome. H9RBS.js (v0.0001) is a flexible, dependency-free, lightweight, device-agnostic, modular, baked-in, component framework MVC library shoelacestrap to help you kickstart your responsive CSS-based app architecture backbone kitchensink tweetybirds. via HTML9 Responsive Boilerstrap JS.

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The Semantic Grid System

Set column and gutter widths, choose the number of columns, and switch between pixels and percentages.All without any .grid_x classes in your markup. Oh, and did we mention it’s responsive? Runs on LESS, SCSS, or Stylus. Read up on Smashing Mag. via The Semantic Grid System.

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Goodbye, Movable Type

Pardon the dust, please; I’m moving this site out of Movable Type and into Word Press, and from an old-school host to Media Temple. I took the week off to make this move because I have to configure Word Press and get plugins in place, and I have over 6,000 posts and hundreds of images

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The dangers of being a woman online

“You should have your tongue ripped out”: the reality of sexist abuse online by Helen Lewis-Hasteley – 03 November 2011 12:51 Accounts from several women, some prominent figures and some more anonymous, describing the nature of abuse that gets directed at them online because they are women.

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Another thing I love about fanfiction.net

The site has great mobile stylesheets You can read on your mobile device, which is why I was the only blissfully happy person standing amidst a crowd of very disgruntled people for an hour and a half in the security line at La Guardia. So yes, I was basically reading what amounts to very light

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After Facebook

After seeing The Social Network, I was curious what the other parties to the lawsuits were doing today. I can’t find information about what Tyler Winklevoss is doing, but this is what I could find on some of the other early facebook competitors & partners. Cameron Winklevoss Guest of a Guest A site dedicated to

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Me and my shallow brain

Howdy? How have you all been. It’s been so long since we talked. I’ve been cheating on you with Facebook, I admit it. But Facebook is giving me tennis elbow, (damned Farmville!) so I need to lay off the junk for awhile. Also, according to Nicholas Carr in his rather alarming book The Shallows: What

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STFU, Zuckerberg – On Facebook and Identity Politics

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: He believes that people should have a single identity: “You have one identity,” he emphasized three times in a single interview with David Kirkpatrick in his book, “The Facebook Effect.” “The days of you having a different image for your work friends or co-workers and for the other people you know

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links for 2010-04-27

Faux Friendship A very long article trashing social networking and how it's "affecting the nature of friendship." I disagree completely, but don't really have time right now to write out all the reasons why he's wrong. (tags: facebook socialnetworking friendship Utne article) 10 Worst Abortion Myths-and How to Refute Them : Ms Magazine Blog "It

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links for 2010-04-13

Flash CS5 will export to HTML5 Canvas | 9 to 5 Mac (tags: html5 flash webdevelopment) MONDAY ARTS SECTION: Time to Check In With Tina Fey’s Feminism! — Feministe Tina's feminism is a bit different than mine or yours. Mine is about women. Tina's seems to be about Tina Fey. (tags: feminism television TinaFey) Poe's

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links for 2010-04-08

How Lady Gaga Became the World's Biggest Pop Star — New York Magazine 8 pages of article on Lady GaGa. You'll probably read the whole thing. (tags: GaGa music celebrity) When Women Write About Their Sex Lives – Culture – The Atlantic The always delicious Sady Doyle reviews Patti Smith's memoir and tangentially some other

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links for 2010-04-06

The Editor and the Curator (Or the Context Analyst and the Media Synesthete) | Tomorrow Museum Joanne McNeil takes to task the folks in new media for their (mis)use of the term "curate" and "curator" when they really are talking about content selection, content aggregation and context analysis. (tags: art language media internet curators curation)

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links for 2010-03-31

Shots Of Indianapolis Skyline To Depress Nation During Final Four Broadcast | The Onion – America's Finest News Source WASHINGTON–Shots of the Indianapolis skyline scheduled to air during the 2010 Final Four will be extremely depressing and will momentarily infuse viewers with a sense of overwhelming bleakness, the U.S. populace reported this week. "I bet

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SxSW 2010 – Saturday Recap

Web Content Management Systems from a Designer’s Perspective The Right Way to Wireframe, Part 1 4 different interaction designers took four different tools to prototype with. A number of things stood out for me: 1) Balsamiq is probably the wireframing tool we should be using. 2) They have a longer research/prototyping phase and peer reviews

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SXsW 2010 – Friday Recap

Two panels that we were able to make it to after flying in today… Getting Stoked about Web Typography Samantha Warren Went over a lot of stuff I knew already about finding inspiration in typography – but it was refreshing since we really back-burner our typography in our designs, partly because of the technology concerns.

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SXSW 2010 Prep

I’m taking off on Friday for SXSW in Austin, Texas. I’ve been there a couple times in the past in 2007 and 2008. I’m having a bit of anxiety about the trip after the doozy of a time we had in 2008 (stuck on a plane on the tarmac for 6 hours in Dallas, then

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Drop-Down Fly-Out Navigation on my site

I’ve been dissatisfied with the navigation methods here on my site for a long time – I was very frustrated by the long, unwieldy category list from the sidebar – I’ve always organized by category, but the display of that navigation sucked, because it was hard to tell that there were categories and sub-categories, and

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links for 2010-02-24

HTML email inline styler Converts your styles to inline ones for email purposes. Neato. (tags: tools email webdesign) Ravelry: discussion topic – Life-size Giraffe Not sure if you'll be able to see this furm discussion unless you're already a ravelry member, but it's a real hoot – someone wants a pattern to knit a life-size

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links for 2010-02-20

Designing with Progressive Enhancement: Building the web that works for everyone. By Filament Group: Todd Parker, Patty Toland, Scott Jehl, Maggie Costello Wachs Designing with Progressive Enhancement is a practical guide that both explains the principles and benefits of progressive enhancement, and explores detailed examples to teach you how, where, and when to implement specific

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links for 2010-02-11

CSS3 Hover Tabs without JavaScript « Kamikazemusic.com (tags: css3 webdesign tutorial) Figure Skating: The Olympics' Broken Sport : NPR The prime purpose of the new and unimproved scoring system was to better quantify the various elements in a program — required jumps and spins — so that the famously nefarious judges would have less latitude

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links for 2010-02-02

The U.S. National Archives' collections on Flickr Awesome. (tags: photography history government flickr) 10 Americans Arrested In Haiti, Accused Of Child Trafficking Idaho Baptist group tried to smuggle 33 kids out of Haiti through the Dominican Republic. Some of the children knew their parents were alive, and just hadn't been reunited with them yet. (tags:

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links for 2010-01-29

Twisted Drop Stitch Scarf Pattern « Kis*Knit Bookmarking because I needed this: "Create a twisted drop stitch: Insert needle into the stitch as if to knit. Instead of wrapping the yarn around the back needle to create a regular knit stitch, wrap yarn around both needles and then wrap around the back needle. Complete stitch

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links for 2010-01-27

8 guides to apply jQuery and ImageSwitch in web design | HieuUK (tags: flipclock) Indianapolis, New Orleans mayors place Super Bowl wagers | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star Yeah, we're going them shrimp from St. Elmo's. Yes, you read that right; we sending SHRIMP south, to NEW ORLEANS. Which is probably where we flew it

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links for 2010-01-21

The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House What follows is a brief discussion of Audre Lorde's often-quoted statement, "The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." (tags: feminism Lorde ideas) Hej Cyklist! Copenhagen Has a New Bike-friendly Feature – GOOD Blog – GOOD Copenhagen installs food rests for cyclists stopped at lights.

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links for 2010-01-20

John Travolta to Airlift Desperately Needed E-Meters to People of Haiti – Disasters – Gawker Scientologists have mobilized to seize on the promotional and recruitment opportunities presented by the horror going on in Haiti, and John Travolta has personally arranged to fly "volunteer ministers" to Haiti to inflict his junk science on victims there. (tags:

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links for 2009-09-28

Barack Obama's amazingly consistent smile And Barack seems to have the same talent for consistent facial expressions in pictures (tags: photography posing Obama) YTMND – Paris Hilton doesn't change facial expressions (original sound) Animation illustrating how Paris Hilton has studied her appearance and always smiles for cameras in the same way. (tags: animation photos celebrity)

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Ada Lovelace Day – Blogging About Women in Technology

Who is Ada Lovelace? She is mainly known for having written a description of Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. She is today appreciated as the “first programmer” since she was writing programs–that is, manipulating symbols according to rules–for a machine that Babbage had not yet built. She also foresaw the capability

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Goodbye, Twitter

There are lots of Twitter critics out there, and I have rolled my eyes at their criticism over the past several years in blog posts on this site. My opinion of most of their opinions has changed very little. I still believe most of them are wrong about their objections. For the most part, Twitter

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PayPal Fuck-Ups

So I’ve had a PayPal account for something like 8 or 9 years. All of the sudden, they have decided that I set up my account as a Not-for-Profit organization, and that I need to “prove” to them that I am indeed such an entity. My account is locked until I do. Yeah, I thought

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SXSWi 2008 post game analysis

I made it home from Austin last night rather late and went to work this morning. Unlike the trip out, the flight home was rather uneventful. Thank goodness. We didn’t get our luggage until late Saturday night, so I basically had two nights without my CPAP machine, which the Airlines had told me to pack

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SXSW Interactive 2008

I’m getting final stuff prepped to take off for SXSW Interactive 2008 in Austin, Texas tomorrow. I’m going with three of my design team co-workers; one from here in Indianapolis and two from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. We’re staying in the Courtyard Marriott right next to the Austin Convention Center, so we’re in the

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Pack Rat

my utter lack of blogging lately has been entirely due to playing a Facebook game called pack rat. It’s a card trading game and is completely addicting. I’ve completely neglected numerous obligations to friends and household maintenance due to this game. In other news, my eye doctor says my eyes are healing exactly as expected.

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links for 2008-01-10

Flickr: The LP portraits Pool (tags: flickr music portraits funny) EllisLab – Where Ideas Hatch! (tags: 2008 SXSW) EllisLab – Where Ideas Hatch! Ellis Labs is the company producing expression engine, the content management system that is getting lots of attention. (tags: sxsw geek) The Mystery of the Face on the Cake Steve from The

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Usability in Clocks and Watches

I’ve been subscribed to the Watchismo Times blog for quite some time now after noticing links to it from Boing Boing, one of my staple blog reads. Watchismo describes their content as being “a reliquary of obscure timepieces from bygone eras as well as the cutting edge designs of today.” I’d say that’s definitely the

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links for 2008-01-05

Top 10 Worst Realtor Headshots Oh, my. Thank god our Realtor is a sensible, professional woman. (tags: photos funny advertising) List Of The Day: Great Olan Mills photos There are some great hair styles here… (tags: photography funny kitsch retro) International Spy Museum Store – Spy Store (tags: shopping fun entertainment) Twittertale – You kiss

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My ass can be seen from space

Stephanie and I were talking and she pointed out that Google had added the “street view” feature for the city of Indianapolis; this lets you look at city streets as though you’re standing on them, and you can do a panoramic view of the houses rather than just and aerial view. That’s a pretty big

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Everything is Miscellaneous

I mentioned the book Everything is Miscellaneous a few posts back on my list of recent reads, but I wanted to pull it out and write more about it, because it was very thought provoking, and a book I intend to buy (I borrowed it from the library) because I want to read it again.

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Why Twitter?

To make bitter people write bad humor articles, of course. My friend Dan was googling his twitter ID (funny!) and discovered he’d been quoted in a “humor” article about Twitter on Funny Times, which he of course shared with his twitter pals, because – even more funny. Too bad that the article was yet another

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Joost

I downloaded and played with Joost, the TV on the internet viewing software that Warner and Viacom have signed up to put TV shows on. Interesting, I guess. I’m not thrilled about having to use a different interface than my browser to watch videos. And I had trouble finding anything interesting to watch. There’s boxing

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Who Is Sick?

Who is Sick? is a Google map-based application where you can enter data detailing the symptoms of your illness, add it to a map of your location, and see who in your particular area is also sick. Kinda interesting, especially in my neighborhood.

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More Twitter Stuff

Now that I’ve reached a critical mass of friends who used twitter, some of the designers that I had added to my friends list back in SXSW are getting annoying. I kept a bunch of them because it was interesting to hear what they were working on during the day and how they approached design

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24,000 some songs gone

I took my 200 GB external drive with all of my music on it to CompUSA this weekend to have it put in a new enclosure, because the old one was going bad. I had this happen before to a Maxtor drive – the enclosure doesn’t spin the drive fast enough, apparently, so the disk

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Civility on the Web – New York Times has me ROTFLMAO

From the NY Times “A Call for Manners in the World of Nasty Blogs“: Is it too late to bring civility to the Web? The conversational free-for-all on the Internet known as the blogosphere can be a prickly and unpleasant place. Now, a few high-profile figures in high-tech are proposing a blogger code of conduct

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More Twitter Fun

Adding the Twitter RSS feeds of my friends and family members to my feed reader, so I can catch up with them later if I miss something. I’m really excited that my sister Stacy is now on Twitter – just hearing little updates from England at about a 7 hour time shift is really entertaining,

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Twitter Related Fun

Twitterific is a great little Macintosh program that lets you get (and make) your twitter updates without having to have the browser window open. There does seem to be a couple of similar Window/PC programs that lets you do the same thing – Twitterlicious is one, and Twitbox is another. I’ve never used either, so

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Forbes on Twitter

David M Ewalt from Forbes on the subject of Twitter: “I’m not interested in what you had for breakfast.” Yeah, I’m not interested in what you had for breakfast either. That’s why I don’t follow you on twitter, ass. I do care what my friends had for breakfast; therefore I follow them. I’m sorry you’re

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Hate my site?

[link deprecated – http://www.netdisaster.com/go.php?mode=creampie&url=http://www.commonplacebook.com/] Splatter it with cream pies. [link deprecated – http://www.netdisaster.com/go.php?mode=dino&sound=on&url=http://www.commonplacebook.com/] Make dinosaurs tromp on it. [link deprecated – http://www.netdisaster.com/go.php?mode=dog&url=http://www.commonplacebook.com/] Let dogs poop on it. Or just [link deprecated – http://www.netdisaster.com/go.php?mode=flowers&url=http://www.commonplacebook.com/] let a bunch of hippie flowers grow on it.

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Stop Cyberbullying Day

Read more about it here….. In all of this, one of the things that is bothering me is people’s defense of the “mean kids” who put up the two sites that were promoting maliciousness towards various tech people, including Kathy Sierra. Like one of the comments in my previous post, who actually went so far

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Kathy Sierra, hate comments, and women bloggers

I’ve avoided blogging about this because it’s very difficult to explain, really. I’ll try to keep it really short: Kathy Sierra is a tech guru who got her start in Java, published some really popular books, and became well-known in the tech community for her ideas about technology and writing user-friendly web applications. She writes

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Twittervision

Twittervision is a googlemap with all the latest twitter posts displayed on it – it’s pretty mesmerizing to watch – check it out.

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Twitter

Shorter review: Simple, and seemingly frivolous web communication tool. But I can see it really working as a fun, handy IM/mobile texting tool for my friends, if I can only herd all of them onto it. What Twitter is: It’s a really simple, public blog. You post short (less than 140 characters) messages about what

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Evite vs. Upcoming.Org

Last year in February, I was bothered by how unfortunate Friendster had become, and I mentioned somewhere in there that they (and other social networking sites) needed to suck in functionality like evite, where you can send out party invitations to friends and get RSVPs online, be able to see who is and isn’t coming

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1:30AM – The Future of the Online Magazine Panel Notes (SXSWi 2007)

1:30AM The Future of the Online Magazine (19AB) Moderator: Rufus Griscom CEO, Nerve Media Rufus Griscom CEO, Nerve Media Sean Mills The Onion Ricky Van Veen Editor, CollegeHumor.com Laurel Touby CEO & Founder, mediabistro.com Joan Walsh Editor in Chief, Salon.com Rough Panel Notes collective average age of their sites – 9.5 years. Online magazines have

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Panels I Plan to see today and tomorrow

Some of these overlap, so I’ll have to pick one over the other. But a rough idea. Monday, 12 March 2007 10:00AM Get Unstuck: Moving From 1.0 to 2.0 (18ABCD) 11:30AM The Future of the Online Magazine (19AB) 02:00PM The Growth and Evolution of Microformats (18ABCD) 03:30PM Bullet Tooth Web Design: Plan Your Web Site

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Me, giving a testimonial on Firefox

Oh, and while surfing YouTube looking at other’s SXSW videos, I found a video of me shot yesterday by the firefox browser people, giving testimonial on the browser from the trade show space. I got a discount on a Firefox T-shirt in exchange. Which just goes to show — I can talk your damn ear

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links for 2007-03-12

Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design by Andy Clarke one of our authors. (tags: books webdev webstandards css sxswi) Soylent Green Stickers Download them and stick them on food at the grocery store. (tags: funny subversive)

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SXSW anticipation

I’ve been busy getting prepared for the South by Southwest conference, and the closer it gets, the more excited I am. I am hugely lucky that we’re being sent by work – our whole web design team from both Indianapolis and New Jersey is going – which means I don’t have to foot the bill

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The Differences be Pseudonymity and Anonymity

While reading a post on another subject, I noted this interesting passage about the differences be Pseudonymity and Anonymity that I thought was worth pulling out. I know that StAllio! has attempted to explain this to Gary Welsh at Advance Indiana in the past with mixed results. You know what? Someone who mistakes pseudonymity for

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Twitter

Twitter is a strange little social network application that lets you give short bulletins of what you’re doing right now. You can update via text message or Instant Messenger, as well as online. You can link to your friends to see what they’re doing, and you can use the built in RSS feeds to keep

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Fun with javascript

via the J-Walk Blog: Try this: 1. Highlight the text below 2. Press Ctrl+C 3. Paste into your address bar 4. Press Enter javascript:R=0; x1=.1; y1=.05; x2=.25; y2=.24; x3=1.6; y3=.24; x4=300; y4=200; x5=300; y5=200; DI=document.getElementsByTagName(“img”); DIL=DI.length; function A(){for(i=0; i-DIL; i++){DIS=DI[ i ].style; DIS.position=’absolute’; DIS.left=(Math.sin(R*x1+i*x2+x3)*x4+x5)+”px”; DIS.top=(Math.cos(R*y1+i*y2+y3)*y4+y5)+”px”}R++}setInterval(‘A()’,5); void(0); Refresh the page to get back to normal. It

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CSS Naked Day

Crap — I missed CSS Naked Day, which was yesterday. Oh well. It’s the day when you take all the CSS design out of your site, for one day. My [link deprecated: http://commonplacebook.com/testing.shtm] new site design test pages are CSS Naked, mostly, sort of.

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Chatting

I finally sorted out my chatting crap and downloaded a chat client that lets me sign on to AOL Instant Messenger, MSN, yahoo, google talk, jabber, ICQ, and a ton of other chat clients all in the same window, and I configured it for all my different accounts and pulled in all my buddies lists

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Netflix Throttling

Friday Fishwrap has an interesting commentary on Netflix policy of “throttling” DVD shipments to people who are heavy users in favor of first-time or light users of their service. Interesting; I agree that it sucks, but I can kind of see the light users point of view, too. If you wanted to get a DVD

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Friendster

I haven’t been in Friendster for a while, so I logged in a futzed around to see what they’ve upgraded lately. You know what’s stupid? Blogs on Friendster. That was really dumb addition, because the people who wanted a blog already had them set up outside of Friendster, where everyone can see them. No one

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Old Navy doesn’t support the Safari Browser

I’m astonished. I just tried to visit the Old Navy online store (where I’ve bought lots of clothes in the past!) and I got this message: We’re sorry, but we do not support the version of the browser you are using. Our site works best with the following browsers: PC users Internet Explorer 5.5 and

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Upper Ranks? Who defines these things anyway?

Two articles on the subject of blogging showed up in today’s Arts and Letters Daily about how the “Upper ranks” of bloggers are dominated by white males. One article says that it’s so and calls for greater diversity. The other article says it’s so also, but claims that it’s the case because women and minorities

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Uncyclopedia

I have found a new place to spend unearthly amounts of time reading and writing and amusing myself no end. Like I needed another place like that. I love technology. Technology is the best. I pity the Amish. And people from the olden days. They had no technology. They must have been very sad. And

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Wireless Hotspots in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. provides a list of 22 spots where you can get wireless internet access, some of it free and some for a fee. On the other hand, wi-fihotspotlist.com lists 36 wireless locations in Indianapolis. It’s not clear from this list which services are free and which are paid. So an IndyScribe wireless outing/control

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Ah, Technology.

We have one of those high-tech bathrooms here at work where everything is automated. The toilet flushes by itself, you wave your hands under the soap dispenser for soap, and under the faucet for water, so you never have to touch anything unsanitary. Which is really cool, except when the technology breaks. For a while

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Friendster Update

I now have 16,9903 people in my personal network. I’m sure this has something to do with the fact that Willy Wonka added me to his friends. Everyone is friends with Willy, because as Sammy says, he makes a groovy lemon pie. 2019 update: Ah, those halcyon days when social media was a toy we

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webzine2000.com

Independent Web Publishers Unite in San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Allies of independent publishing on the internet will gather on July 22nd in San Francisco for an exhibition, forum, and party to celebrate those who create and hope to create for the new medium. WEBZINE 2000 will showcase the web’s finest non-commercial projects and

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