Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report | The Andy Kaufman Effect:
Identity on the web is a gossamer construct, easily spoofed. How very true.
Fresh Bilge: entry#1860 - A Mother's Plaint:
Rummaging in the archives of a website called Signal Shift, I came upon an eloquent complaint written by a mother [of a gay son] in Vermont.
Maybe someone should show this to John Howard.
Crash Testing: MINI Cooper vs Ford F150. If you hit a wall at 40mph (about 64km/h) then you're screwed in the F150.
Armageddon Almost Not Averted:
To launch a Minuteman in those days, one had to 'unlock' the missile by dialing in a code -- the equivalent of a safety catch on a handgun. However, Blair reports, the U.S. Strategic Air Command was worried that a bunch of sissy safety features might slow things down. It ordered all locks set to 00000000 ...
HOT AIR: Postal Experiments:
We sent a variety of unpackaged items to U.S. destinations, appropriately stamped for weight and size, as well as a few items packaged as noted. We sent items that loosely fit into the following general categories: valuable, sentimental, unwieldy, pointless, potentially suspicious, and disgusting. We discovered that although some items were never delivered, most of the objects of even highly unusual form did get delivered, as long as the items had a definitely ample value of stamps attached.
The copyright is 2000... I strongly suspect this experiment would have gone differently a year later (ie. after September 11, 2001).
The Dark Gate Comic Slurper. The joys of syndication. Go pummel this guy's traffic logs, he's literally asked for it.... :)
Dr. Travis Doom:
Q: Have you ever actually done anything diabolical? A: Absolutely. I am, after all, a university professor.
drjon: US to re-introduce the Draft in 2005. There are suggestions this might be a hoax, but as yet nobody seems to think the current US administration wouldn't do it.
Yahoo! News - $132K of Grant to Combat Goth Returned:
Almost half of a $273,000 grant awarded in 2002 to fight the Goth culture in Blue Springs has been returned because of a lack of interest - and the absence of a real problem. ... Assistant City Administrator Eric Johnson said despite the change in focus, the project helped dispel myths and stereotypes associated with the Goth culture.
Blogger: User Profile: heretic -
Posts Written: 2,166. Words written: 123,317. Outbound Links: 3,352.
That's a lot of 'net shit. But still, I maintain it's high quality 'net shit.
Mark Driver mentions on his Blind Wino blog that Just Another Empire is going to have a second print run. Huzzah for that! I still heartily recommend the book to anyone who is looking for something a little different.
If you're quick, you might snag one of the first-run signed copies.
Imaginary Girlfriends - Find Your New Imaginary Girlfriend Today! You can literally buy everything except the actual relationship; including the breakup. From the site:
This is a service provided by a real life girl where she will pretend to be your long distance girlfriend by sending you personalized love letters, emails, pictures, leave phone messages (if you want), and provide other girlfriend-like services. This relationship appears real to others that may see these things, but it is not.
Yeah, this couldn't go bad at all. It's not inviting stalkers or anything. It's not like people will form an emotional attachment to the imaginary relationship...
QDB: Quote #35966:
<Murray-Mint> I'm up for Fuedalism
<Murray-Mint> as long as I can be the Lord
<Flirbnic> No way. Me!
<Mort-Hog> In two lines, we've summed up the fundemental problem of feudalism.
Reuters.com | Peace and Profits for Mafia in Sicily:
The new strategy is to avoid exorbitant rates, such as the ones applied to Grassi's factory, but to cast the protection net much further afield, even to small shopkeepers. ... When Mafia bosses today hear on the grapevine that a member is not happy and is considering turning state's evidence, they no longer kill him or his family but send envoys to listen to his complaints and try to keep him in the fold.
Atlas Games | Lunch Money: Sticks and Stones:
Lunch Money: Sticks & Stones™ adds even more pain and mayhem to the dark, frenetic world of Lunch Money. This long-anticipated 55-card expansion set is designed to be mixed in with the original Lunch Money card game. New weapons like Chunk, basic attacks like Spank and Evil Eye, defenses like Backlash and Hide, and specialty cards like Tantrum, Cooties, and Wedgy make Lunch Money: Sticks & Stones a necessity for every Lunch Money fan.
Orders are being placed as I type.
i was feeling guilty about the effect my freaked-out lj feed is having on various friends lists, until i noticed neil gaiman's feed is doing the same thing ;)
oh wait... neil is more interesting than me and people will put up with it for him. dang.
Robots.txt Validator, for those of us who only set up a robots.txt about once a year. If that.
Question: when is a permalink not a permalink?
Answer: when it's generated by Blogger.
What am I on about? Well, the relaunched blogger now creates a single page per post, for the purpose of adding comments and giving the post a permanent link. So what's the problem... that's a great idea, right? Well, blogger bases the URL on the contents of your post (specifically, the heading). For example, this very post has the permalink http://cheshrkat.blogspot.com/2004/05/changing-permalinks-for-fun-and-profit.html
Now, here's the problem. If you change the title, eg. if you re-edit the post to correct a typo, the permalink changes. Hence, the permalink isn't permanent at all. So why not use the old format, with your multi-post archive page and a link anchor? Well you can still do that, but you better pray nobody does something crazy like using the URL where they found the single post and all the comments (like i said, crazy...).
Numeric permalinks may not look pretty, but they work. I understand the desire to be groovy and use plain text, but if it changes anytime the user edits the contents of the post; you've got a problem. I guess bloggers will just have to use the old-style link as a permalink; and hope for the best.
Accessible Web Publishing Wizard for Microsoft Office. After a brief play with this, I'm pleasantly surprised. Not perfect, but leagues ahead of the shit HTML that office apps produce natively.
The referrer logs turn up some great search terms this time... apparently this site is right up there if you search for "how to dress like guybrush" (ARR!), or "screaming barbarians". Feel the random :)
The Great Blogger Relaunch ... We have comments. Yay, woot, etc :) Plus Blogger has provided standards-compliant templates created by some of the best in the biz. Opera is no longer crippled to the lo-fi system, and the new interface - while it will take some getting used to - seems pretty nifty. Some of my pet hates have been addressed! :)
So anyway, I've added the ability to comment on new posts; and linked the Atom XML feed and livejournal syndication page (pity I can't turn off comments for the lj feed since I don't actually see them unless i read my own feed). speaking of lj, sorry for anyone whose friends list just got flooded by the feed freaking out. i suspect the permalink format has changed.
UPDATE: so far unable to get comments working, probably since republishing the blog is timing out. i suspect blogger is getting hammered like all hell.
UPDATED UPDATE: trawled further into the help resources and discovered the original code fragment delivered to my screen was incomplete. The automatic insert routine doesn't appear to work so well; but hey. Anyway, we seem to be up and running. Bear in mind that the current design(s) do not include styles for the comment system, so they might be ugly until I work something out.
ADC #005 is now out. The only surprise being Covenant slipping from #3 to #6 despite touring Australia (well, three gigs, but near enough). They may jump back up in the next chart.
Now, where the hell can I buy WAT by Laibach? Mental note: harass Jarrod at GUP to stock it.... :)
Apple patented by Microsoft - News - ZDNet:
U.S. Plant Patent 14,757, granted to Robert Burchinal of East Wenatchee, Wash., and assigned to Microsoft, covers a new type of tree discovered in the early 1990s in the Wenatchee area, a major commercial apple-growing region. ... Microsoft has filed with the Patent Office for a certificate of correction to re-assign the patent to Burchinal, the representative said.
Jeffrey Zeldman Presents: Colophon -
Welcome to zeldman.com?s May 2004 redesign, code-named The Spring of our Hope.
Yep, Zeldman has redesigned, again. I like the overall effect, but I'm continually amazed by Zeldman's choice of colours. Specifically, non-contrasting colours. I have trouble reading this page. I had trouble reading the default stylesheet in the last design too. For an accessibility/standards guy; Zeldman really hates contrast. Maybe the site looks sweet on a Mac, but on my work PC (LCD monitor) it makes my eyes bleed trying to read more than three words. So I have turn off the whole lot.
But hey, it's not my site.
fidius.org: What's My Pirate Name?:
Your pirate name is: Black Tom Flint. Like anyone confronted with the harshness of robbery on the high seas, you can be pessimistic at times. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!
The Whiteboard, by Doc Nickel - 300th strip. Not made into a big deal on the site; but go Doc!
Change the Color of Visited Links (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox). I'd be curious to know how he gets the figure of 74% websites using different colours for visited and unvisited links. That aside; sometimes it's good to have someone like Nielsen state the bleeding obvious so you can back yourself up on it if management question you. The sky may be blue, but senior managers want stats, damnit! after all, they didn't really hire you because they thought you knew what you were doing.
But hey, I run a firewall so it's business as usual for my workstation (well ok, really it's just a small amount of knowledge a generous helping of dumb luck on my part). What You Should Know About the Sasser Worm and Its Variants. It's windows patch time again, kids.