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Month: February 2007

Stacking Cups

http://www.cnn.com/video/player/player.html?url=/video/us/2007/02/25/teselle.ca.stacking.competition.affl&wm=11 This is insane.  We are the most competitive society EVER.  The things we do to feel competition.  Look at that kid crying! I am all in favor of being competitive, but stacking cups?  Come on.  I mean…come ON.

Negative Posts

My wife often tells me.  Never say anything bad about anyone or anything ever.  And ESPECIALLY not in print, email or blog.  She is wise.  It reminded me of the first days of commadot.com. http://web.archive.org/web/19970618002257/www.commadot.com/beta/html/archive.htm I am starting to copy in those posts and edit the timestamp to match the original. http://www.commadot.com/index.php?paged=47 Hmm, I wonder why my old posts look so jacked up from wordpress.  anyway… There is something about opinions in print that make people feel it’s important.  I usually babble on about random stuff and stay positive.  But once in a while something deserves “calling bullshit”.  The previous…

Open Source Style

Ive been working hard trying to learn how to do what came so naturally and easy to me in jQuery in YUI and YUI-ext.  I have been scouring the forums and the documentation.  I can’t understand any of it.  It just isn’t designed for a non-programmer.  But I have no choice.  YUI-ext is the framework I must use. So just now I found a YUI-ext manual and FAQ. Look at the question near the top, “How do I figure out what error X is and why it’s happening?”  The answers make me so angry.  RFTM?  RTFS?  This is the sort…

jQuery & YUI-ext

The jQuery team has announced that Jack Slocum is planning to release a 1.0 version of his impressive YUI-ext project and a plugin for jQuery. Jack Slocum is a force of nature in the JavaScript library community. Not only are his components feature-rich, but they are beautifully designed with a real sense of style and UX. I really like the work he has done, but have always struggled to figure out how to use it. (It’s more complicated than my non-programmer brain can handle.) I am happy to see the joint project and can only hope that one day, I…

A funny thing happened on the way to the funeral

The trip was a comedy of errors from start to finish. Original plans: SFO to Dallas to Indianapolis then drive to New Albany Indiana (near Louisville).  Return Friday.We get to the airport LATE as usual.  They tell us, "Doesn’t matter.  Indianapolis is closed.  Don’t go to Dallas."  We comply and get rescheduled for a few hours later. Plans #2: SFO to Dallas to Cincinnati then drive to New Albany.  This is better than before because it’s a little closer.  Return SATURDAY.We fly to Dallas.  Kids yelling, happy happy joy joy.  We get to Dallas and tell us Cincy is closed.  We…

User Access Control – Vista

I installed Vista on Katie’s laptop and my desktop.  We had to upgrade Katie’s ram because it was running SO SLOW at 1G, so we went to 1.5G.  The installation was a pain in the ass.  First of all, it wouldn’t let me upgrade from XP Pro to Home Premium.  I had to do a clean install.  That is retarded.  Then its slow.  it doesn’t run Aero which makes me think I shouldve gotten the Home Basic Edition for her.  Then this stupid User Access Control thing is bugging the shit out of me.  I had to turn it off. …

Ode to Alice

Alice (Katie’s grandmother) died this week. She was a feisty old woman. She would would have turned 100 this year. I remember so vividly he telling Ben at Christmas, "I’m a wrapper!!" and crossing her fingers in a gang sign. She told great stories like when the first car arrived in town. She spoke alot about Homer, her husband. He would always remind her to "Straighten Up"! (She had a bad stoop). Alice was friendly to me and I liked her very much. I will miss her during the holidays. My only wish is that somewhere, somehow, she has been…

Xinha 4 WordPress

I tried out Xinha 4 WordPress, but it didn’t quite work the way I wanted.  I am unhappy with all of these editors. 🙁 Now I am trying Code Markup.  It supposedely makes it so I can put in code snippets easier. 

Technology Stuff

Using Script tags in WordPress is a pain in the ass.  They have a visual tab and a code tab, but the code tab does some strange parsing.  I want a REALLY code tab where I can type it in exactly as a want it.  I now have to look around for different WYSIWYG Editors for WordPress 2.1.  Oh well. I miss jQuery alot.  It made my job so much richer.  I am struggling with YUI and YUI-ext.  They are much heavier (both in concept and in file size) and I am having trouble getting past the “hello world” stage. …