Archive for March, 2005

Separation of markup and behaviour

Sunday, March 27th, 2005

I’m sure it’s been asked before, but if we’re supposed to have separation of content and style, I’m pretty sure we’re supposed to separate behaviour from both of those, so what’s with things like onclick and it’s relatives being attributes? Is there any way to set those externally? If not, why not? (And if so, how, more out of curiosity than usefullness, ’cause I still haven’t learned javascript…)


Friday, March 25th, 2005

I just installed StumbleUpon again; I had it probably about a year and a half ago. I went through all my interests, options, etc, and then hit Stumble! My first result?

Update: My tally now is, some illusions page (relatively interesting), Google Zeitgeist, and Slashdot. That’s 3/4 that I know of, including 2/4 that I know well. I thought this was supposed to help find new sites…

Update 2: So of the first 16 sites, 6 I know well, 4 I know of, one I know of and usually avoid, and only 5 were new. I’m wondering how effective this is going to be…

One Week

Friday, March 25th, 2005

According to A Year of Bugs, Internet Explorer had only one week in 2004 when it had no unpatched remote code execution bugs. This should help any evangelism you’re doing…

Things Creationists Hate

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

This is quite an interesting thought:

And speaking of lack of humility, M. J. Chapman contributes the following:

Evolution is a lie, correct? It’s an idea spawned by Satan to damn our souls. Okay, let’s think about that. Satan gets the souls of sinners, correct? If he wants souls, he has to make humans sin. What are the seven sins? There’s greed, lust, sloth, envy, gluttony, pride… and I can never remember the last one [ed: it's anger], but that’s okay because the important one here is pride. The Bible goes to great lengths to say that terrible things lie in store for the proud in the great hereafter.

So which is an idea that contributes more to human pride: that we were specially created in the image of God to be the masters of all other creatures upon the Earth? Or that we are one species out of countless billions that has arisen according to simple and probably inevitable rules of chemistry and selection?

The whole page is pretty good: Things Creationists Hate

Zipped Builds

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Zach Lipton says it perfectly.


Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

*just had a bad dream about getting duped by spyware on Linux*

*shudders* Thank goodness that’s over.

Synced lyrics in music files

Sunday, March 13th, 2005

I really wish someone would get around to inventing a way to have the lyrics scroll by in XMMS or whatever media player they want. It shouldn’t be too hard, just define a (whatever the OGG equivelant of a PNG chunk is) and specify a way to stick a timestamp on each word. Then the application takes that and has the lyrics scroll by, hopefully smoothly rather than jumping word by word. It could be specified in a few minutes by someone who knew what they were doing (though obviously it should be left open for people to comment), and, though I admit my ignorance, I wouldn’t expect it to take long to implement.

So: people who know what they’re doing, get off your butts and do this.

Edit: Or perhaps… I know OGG can sync audio and video, so could it sync audio and plain text? Once again, I leave that to people who know what they’re doing.

Reopened trackbacks

Sunday, March 13th, 2005

Just saw a post by Dean Edwards on moderating only pingbacks and trackbacks. I’ve reopened them on my blog, and hopefully it’ll work :-)

Thanks Dean!

AIM can now publish anything you say

Saturday, March 12th, 2005

From Slashdot:

“AOL has posted new terms of service for AIM, that include the right for AOL to use anything and everything you send through AIM in any way they see fit, without informing you. A sample passage: ‘…by posting Content on an AIM Product, you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents and licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote this Content in any medium. You waive any right to privacy.’”

So now I’m trying to get everyone I know on Jabber. If anyone wants a free Jabber screenname, just ask me.

LAND Attack

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

I’m sure most of you have heard of the LAND attack by now, through slashdot or various other news places. If you haven’t, it’s basically just a DoS attack that Microsoft hasn’t fixed yet… after 8 years.

…Which is exactly why I use Linux.

News on the Web and CSS

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005

First off, does anyone know that internet news site that has a nice little javascript column thingy? It lays out three columns of text at whatever height can fit in the window (which may or may not be enough for the whole article), and to get to the 4th and subsequent columns you just click on a little “next” button (or a “previous” button to go back). It’s quite a cool setup.

So. I was thinking about that for a moment, and I realized that this could be incredibly easy to do with just a little bit of CSS and javascript (read: I could probably do it, without too much research, and all I know how to do in javascript right now is declare variables). If, that is, there were a ::column pseudo-element. It would just be require setting display:none on the 4th and subsequent columns, then when the next button is clicked setting display:column on the 4th column and display:none on the first one.

So, can someone post this to www-style for me, since www-style seems not to like my email?

Organic HTML

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

I’m not really sure what this is supposed to be, but it’s cool:

Anne’s site is boring, mine is boring, mentioned on the site Anne found it on is pretty cool, but is easily the coolest site out there. has a bee flying around. is pretty interesting, though all black and white. looks very pretty.

Via: Anne’s HREFS