Dejavu.org is a web application that claims to emulate different browsers from the original line mode browser from 1991, through NCSA Mosaic, beta Netscape, Netscape 1.0, IE 2.0, and HotJava. I’m pleased to report that my page is quite readable and almost looks like it was designed for all those browsers—if you ignore the fact that all my navigation links show up at the bottom of the page.
Quick and necessarily incomplete keiretsu check-in:
- Esta just got back from a weekend in Charlottesville (lucky dog!) and has been writing again. I haven’t raved enough about her poetry in this space. Check out “First Snowfall.”
- George will be on the job market again shortly, as his consulting gig is almost up. There must be someone out there who needs the services of a biotech startup veteran with a top-five MBA and tons of expertise in technology strategy…
- Craig has taken up the bowl watch (about which more in a moment) and notes that his alma mater will be playing local favorites the U-dub Huskies, and that Virginia is going to the Continental Tire Bowl to play West Virginia. That sound you hear is the unleashing of 140+ years of resentment of West Virginia jokes…
- Greg comments on the irony of appointing the CEO of a railroad to take over Treasury, following in the footsteps of another heavy-industry guy, when the US economy is now heavily service based. He’s also collecting followups to Trent Lott’s asinine comment that the country would be better off if then-segregationist presidential candidate Strom Thurmond were elected in 1948.
“It’s quite interesting to look at the lists a year later. For example, the scripting category has boomed. Last year it was hard to find any weblogs about scripting.”
Following in the well-trod footsteps of Blogdex and DayPop comes Popdex. Right now it’s not clear to me what it does that is different from the older sites; there is no “About” page to describe the methodology and many of the links in the list appear to be Slashdot stories. Something to keep an eye on. (Thanks to Jenny the Shifted Librarian for the pointer.)
Also, leave some reassuring messages about his book travails (or just pre-order a copy). Publishing is a vale of tears. Or something. (Not that I’ve tried, but just about everything else worth doing is.)
It’s always driven me nuts that the month links didn’t line up properly underneath my site calendar. I figured it had something to do with the way I had defined the
div around the calendar, but I didn’t have time to look at it until this afternoon.
The problem was that the
div was defined to start at 70% of the page width and take the rest of the space on the page, but the content was centered in the
div. For some reason, the table had a different center than the line following it, which caused the month links to show up askew.
Easy fix, right? Just recode the width of the calendar div. Except that it turns out not to be simple with CSS. Basically, what I want the calendar to do is this:
- Hug the right hand side of the page, most of the time
- If the window is too narrow to put the calendar to the right of the logo and still be visible, either:
- wrap the calendar to the next line, or
- scroll the calendar off the page to the right.
I don’t know a way to manage all of those things at once. I currently have changed it so that the calendar hugs the right hand side (for what it’s worth, I changed the
width to 190px, the same as the
min-width; eliminated the
left attribute; and set the
right attribute to 0). But if you shrink the browser window too far, the calendar overprints the site logo.
Actually, this isn’t the biggest problem, since the content starts to run into the nav bar before this happens… This is all because there’s no concept of “min-left,” the minimum left distance from the left hand bounding box that an element needs to respect.
Mark Pilgrim surveys a crop of new postings that contrast RSS for syndication vs. semantic coding in the first place and sez they’re all wet. In doing so, he draws a useful line between XHTML theory and blogging practice:
…this latest XHTML-as-syndication movement seems to be based on the principle that “syndication is so incredibly important that you must immediately stop whatever you’re doing with your web pages, upgrade to XHTML, validate your markup, restructure your home page to include all and only the content you’re willing to syndicate, and by the way, would you please unlearn that ugly nasty presentational page layout language you’ve been using for years and learn this wonderful happy structured semantic markup language instead?”
It should be obvious to any rational observer that this will go nowhere fast. A syndication format that requires valid semantic XHTML markup? Spare me. 9 out of 10 bloggers can’t even spell XHTML.
Between user resistance, bandwidth issues, sites that don’t want to syndicate their entire content, Pilgrim goes on to coin an important principle: “Syndication is not publication….It’s something else, a different medium.” Right on. The iCal to RSS experiments alone should tip off most intelligent observers that there’s value in a standalone syndication format, and real power in separating syndication from publication.
Achewood: Everybody dance… everybody dance… everybody dance… like there’s ass in your pants! I was all ready to pump this one up until I saw today’s strip, featuring critical puffery from Michael Chabon, Douglas Coupland and Time Magazine. *Snort.*
Greg has started calling our group of connected blogs a keiretsu, after the Japanese cross-industrial conglomerate. I guess that’s the only way to describe that circle: a programming MBA deep in the software world (me), two Southern Democratic political bloggers, and a financial analyst and poet. It’s too bad the era of corporate megamergers gave “synergy” a bad name, because you’d hope there would be some in that random combination of assets.
Anyway, looking out over my keiretsu to catch up:
- Greg is quoting Fonda about the problem of uninsured children (“For the Republicans, life begins at conception and ends at birth”) and getting linked by Tony Pierce and a bunch of other folks.
- Esta is reflecting on Moxie’s singledom and her own, busting my chops over our new yellow room, and talking about Greg talking about Anil Dash talking about depression. (So here’s a question that no one raised directly: what about the effect on your work relationships if you talk about your depression on your blog?)
- George is going through the car buying cycle with Becky (a car that has two windshield wipers), and thinking about a school blog. It could be cool, but it could be like starting up any other community. You have to have people and you have to have beer (metaphorically speaking). Maybe once I start my new site I’ll set up a page that incorporates RSS feeds from all of us Sloan bloggers.
- Adam is cramming for school, networking with my old buddies in Sloan Entrepreneurs, and name-checking Ken Morse (it happens to the best of us, Adam).
- Jay is writing about indifferent people and job searching. (Including, I suppose, friends who are remiss in blogrolling other friends, an omission I’ve just rectified.)
- Craig is pointing to Robert Flores’s suicide note from the U. of Arizona shootings.
- Stiz is quoting the Post on Mondale and talking about snow in DC.
- Brent is looking for developers to read his upcoming MacTech article.
- Anita is looking for flu shot locations in King County.
Me? I still have a cold and I need sleep. I was at work until 9:30 tonight and I have a long day tomorrow. Talk amongst yourselves. 🙂
Correcting a long-standing omission, I’m adding Tony Pierce’s Busblog to my blogroll. This is not only in recognition of Tony’s coolness but also in honor of his birthday.
…that’s one thing i’d like for my birthday. i’d like everyone to put aside all their bullshit fears surrounding good for just one day. real good. like everyone, if they want to eat cake that day, say the hell with the damn diet that theyve been on for half their life. eat a piece of damn cake.
and if you want to say hi to that pretty girl on the third floor, march up there and say hi. get her number even. quit listening to that same old stale voice that tells us that the things that we want somehow are either wrong, impossible, or in someway threats to our stable, miserable lives.
i have a dream, holiday gourds.
that we can all live together in peace?
no. that people can kiss each other at bars and in night clubs and their hearts flutter and their blood pressure goes up and they don’t need so much booze any more. i have a dream, my friends.