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Last update: 4 Feb 2009 -- 11:47pm
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     Sunday
    18 Jan 2009
    iTunes is Maddening: Episode XXIX

    O cute little arrow in a circle, what is your point? Clicking on you reveals an vaguely-related iTunes Store page. You are in every column, but no matter which is clicked, the same not entirely unrelated page is the result. Perhaps you could send me to a page about David Bowie when I click on the artist name, for example? Why always send me to a page for an album by a David Bowie cover band?

    iTunes is Maddening: Episode XXVI

    One of the options when syncing your iPhone to your computer is to sync up ringtones. But, when you select the option to do so, you get this little gem. Why would syncing ringtones mean I have to lose all the other things that I am already syncing?

    (I decided not to sync ringtones.)

     Saturday
    17 Jan 2009
    Mike returns to San Jose, causing a day-long gaming session. Descent: Journeys in the Dark is D&D with chits. For everything. There are a lot of chits.

     Friday
    16 Jan 2009
    For Iwan's future reference:

     Thursday
    15 Jan 2009
    I don't often repost BoingBoing posts (as I suspect many of you troll there anyway or have been spammed by people who have), but this is truly fantastic:

    Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn't seen it)


     Saturday
    10 Jan 2009
    Stupid web-people singing the praises of semantic-this and stylesheet-that: Shut. Up.

    Can someone give me a sound reason for switching Foam Totem over to using CSS? It's layout is currently done with tables [sharp intake of breath from the crowd, followed by a concerned and partially outraged susurration]. I started to look at it today because it doesn't render superbly on the iPhone. But boy what a pain.

    For example, there are separators between the menu items at the top of the page. Only between, not in front of each. OK, so in CSS you define a background image (you can't simply define it as a "-" character) to go in front of each item and then mark the first list item with a special class and then NOT show it on that one. Oh, and fix up the margin, which is now wrong on that one. Cool, that works. But somehow, the five CSS selector rules require to do that seems like overkill compared to simply PUTTING DASHES IN THE DAMN TEXT.

    Don't even get me started on horizontally centering. That's practically magic if you want it to handle variously sized windows. Now you know why 90% of web sites today have basically a fixed width for their content.

    So, forget it. I'll start again from scratch and instead modify with CSS the existing table-based layout I have so it displays on small screens better.

    (Incidentally, Foam Totem renders well at practically all screen sizes. BUT, the iPhone assumes a pixel width for pages which don't force one. They do this because most pages have fixed-widths and the look like vomit if they don't pretend the screen is wider. Soooo, my happily and safely reflowing web site ends up with a crappy experience because of it.)

    OK, done now. The next rant is going to be about iTunes. Competitors to Apple take note: iTunes is the chink in their armor.

     Friday
    9 Jan 2009
    First run in three months: felt fantastic. Only a mile since I'm supposed to ramp back up slowly. I really miss running.

     Thursday
    8 Jan 2009
    A scan of an entirely insane book by Edward Gorey: The Recently Deflowered Girl
    Deflowerment in Doctor's Office

    Suffering from a mild headache, you visit doctor's office.
    After deflowerment, you say, "Gee, doctor, my headache is gone."
    He says, "The doctor is out. I'm just another patient."

    You say (shrewdly): "Then, I take it, there will be no fee."


    Thrift is a virtue men like to find in a woman.
    Miss H.P.

    [Update: Of course, the ever-watchful gaze of the Gorey estate has found that site and the link no longer works.]

     Tuesday
    6 Jan 2009
    This is what happens when my Dad and I go on outings. Snowboarding this time. Last time, he broke his wrist (the other one) when we went hiking.

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