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Month: April 2007

Jets Draft 2007

I was close with my prediction. Adam Carriker went one spot before the Jets pick. I have mixed feelings about the draft. They got decent players, who will most likely start. But they also gave up alot of picks to get them. Statistics show that that you as much of a chance to find a great player in round 6 and in round 2. More picks is better (contrary7 to the Less is More theory). However, the Jets consolidated their picks to get higher. The only drafted 4 guys. The Browns got 7 guys. Falcons got 11 guys. The Patriots…

Crashing IE7

I accidentally crashed IE7. I narrowed down the code to be a CSS issue. It’s surprisingly simple and very annoying. Code: Crashes IE7 Link2 Is span not allow to self close? Lame.

Holy YouTube!

Ok, I know I posted 10 minutes ago.  But I have been looking at YouTube.  WOW.  There is some amazing stuff here. Look at these kickass athletes!  The guy at the top in UNREAL!  Less cool, but very clever.  Did you know this was possible with a guitar? Cute, but Ethan is cuter.  And Jared is cuter. Or Ethan? Man, I need to get some video of Matty Matt.

My First YouTube

Trying to upload my first YouTube and embed it here. Of course, the editor is not helping. Let’s see if this works. It’s an old video of Ethan Dancing to Happy Days.

Mighty Joe Biden

Nice article on MSNBC about Joe Biden.  Joe is the man!  Too bad he hasn’t had any Joe-menutum.  I fully support his viewpoint on Iraq.  Here is a quote from the sentate floor. “History suggests only there’s only a couple … ways to keep together a country driven by sectarian strife. And it’s not to put American troops into a city of 6.2 million people to try to quell a civil war. Throughout history four things have worked. You occupy the country for a generation or more. That’s not in our DNA—we’re not the Persian Empire or the British Empire.…

Google Analytics

I put the urchin.js file on commadot a month ago.  It is a little file that tells Google everything that is happening on this page.  It’s quite amazing actually.  Really solid user interface. (Much better than AdWords)  Great information.  Nice use of Flash, where appropriate. Look at this image showing where commadot.com users reside. And you can mouse over the little dots and see how many and what the name of the city is.  The one in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is either Hawaii or a guy with a waterproof laptop interesting in the Jets and User Experience…

Background-position-y: Firefox Fails!

I am trying to switch to the technique of 1 giant icons file.  I didn’t like the opacity filter for the disabled elements.  I really wanted grayscale.  So I had to use duplicate images.  I made a grid on my image so that the math was easy.  See image here.  So in my CSS, all I have to do is adjust the horizontal axis for the background-position.  Internet Explorer does this with background-position-x.  Firefox doesn’t support that!  They just have regular background-position. This blows.  Now my css for this section is 3x longer than it needs to be.  Bad Firefox.…

The UX of the Direct Marketing Page

From the legendary Bill Mirbach: …. so here’s today’s high-value trivia question. this “website” http://www.sigsmarketingsecrets.com/, if you can call it that, sells product. navigation …. not. is there anything other than the straight down approach that would sell more stuff? in other words, could you redesign this copy approach (including, i suppose, [a better picture of Bob Bly] and get more orders? what do you think? possible or not? My Quick UX Assessment/Reply: I clicked on the link at the bottom to http://www.filipinowebmasters.com/. I think it’s interesting to compare the two. The first one keeps every sentence short, and separates…

Concatenation of Images

Great article about using concatenation of images.  I have been doing this for a while.  For me, a major trick is to make sure that the images still look good even though they might be of varying colors.  I have been considering one giant “icons” image that has all of them.  I worry about the maintenance and management and the image optimization. I wonder, why isn’t there animated PNG’s?  I have been waiting for PNG to become the standard image of the web for a long time.  IE7 has support, and IE6 has some hacks that give limited support.  But…

CSS Floats, Inlines and Centering

This problem is driving me nuts. http://www.commadot.com/jquery/simple.htm I want to make a yellow box with a red border. (Must be two divs).  I want to be able to move the yellow box and change its size and still have the red border hug it tight. I asked Experts-Exchange and got no love.  I joined the CSS-d mailing list, but my post never made it.  I can’t believe this might not be possible in either browser. Yuck.

I took the Design Survery

I hope I answered all the questions correctly. 🙂 Speaking of Web Design.  I had this minor problem.  My code looks like: <body> <div style=”border: 1px solid red; display:inline; “> <span> <img src=”anyImage.jpg” mce_src=”anyImage.jpg” border=”0″ /> </span> </div> </body> What I don’t understand is why Firefox doesn’t display properly inline. It’s supposed to hug the content. I have to find out. This is killing me.

Dreamweaver is dead to me.

Well, that didn’t last long. I uninstalled Dreamweaver CS3. What a piece of garbage! Man, what the hell happened here? Macromedia (Adobe) bought a brilliant program from Nick Bradbury called Homesite. Then they proceeded to ignore Homesite and sue anyone who copied it’s innovative design. They they made Dreamweaver which systematically eliminated every single good feature from Homesite. The advanced find/replace sucks. Takes 3x longer to do simple tasks. They got rid of the split view for the folders so I can’t see anything. They added a million features that I will never use. Its bloated and sucks up ram.…

Upgrade at Work

I just upgraded my machine at work to Vista Business. This is the first “upgrade” that I did. All of the others, I was forced to do a clean install.  The upgrade process went fine.  Maybe it took a little longer than hoped (2 hours).  Good thing I had other things to do.  I also upgraded to Photoshop CS3 and trying out Dreamweaver CS3. The main thing that is striking in Adobe Photoshop CS3 is the absence of ImageReady.  I have been using ImageReady for a long, long time.  I am sad to see it go.  Someone wrote a nice…

The UX of Terror

These days there is alot of news about terror.  Bombs in Bagdad.  Nutballs in Virginia Tech.  9/11 and Columbine still seems fresh in my mind.  I think about how people react during these terrible moments of fear.  The students in Virginia Tech apparently froze.  They hid under the desks while the nutcase walked methodically around the room and shot people on the floor. How would I react?  Would I freeze?  How many people would freeze?  I thought panic would be the natural reaction.  Screaming and yelling and running.  But some people do not react that way.  I’d like to think…

The UX of Sidewalks

I was walking back from Ethan’s school yesterday on the sidewalk.  Suddenly, I noticed the lines in the sidewalk.  Without even realizing it, I had been either avoiding or hitting the lines on the purpose with my foot.  In other words, I was predicting, subconsciously, whether or not my foot would hit a line and I was adjusting my stride slightly to make my prediction come true.  Sometimes, my foot would still hit the line even if I was trying to miss it.  This made me feel bad in a tiny unconscious way. I thought about lines in general.  They…

New Challenge and Drupal

Drupal 5.1 is really cool.  Much easier than I expected.  It needs a more robust Editor, but still, very good. I made a new challenge.  The hard part is going to be figuring out how to do it in all the other frameworks.  Ill do my best. 🙂  Any help greatly appreciated.

js.commadot.com

After upgrading WordPress, I was feeling lucky. I got some Powweb help and uninstalled the Drupal and Joomla that had been taking up space.  I then installed the new version of Drupal 5.1. It was almost TOO easy.  It just worked.  Wow.  Anyway, I created with it the new http://js.commadot.com. This is going tobe the JSFrameworks.com I was thinking about.  I went cheap with the URL, sorry.  Anyway, I took John Resig’s original Zebra challenge and recreated it using Drupal.  It went pretty quickly actually because Drupal didn’t get in the way.  I just pointed to the external JS files…

WordPress 2.1.3 Upgrade

Again, the WordPress upgrade went without a hitch. This time I went from WP 2.1 to 2.1.3. It was simple and error free. Which is more than I can say for PowWeb. Their interface still thinks I am running 2.0 and gives an error when I try to “upgrade”. It also wont let me uninstall Drupal and Joomla, both of which I installed for Sean to test. I actually could use Drupal right about now. I was thinking of registering jsFrameworks.com and trying to make that site I was talking about. Although it wouldn’t be totally dynamic, I could just…

Logos

When working on logos, its often hard to get started.  It seems there are so many logos that have been done and you want to be original.  The Web2.0 Expo had a collection on their site of sponsors.  For me, it was a beautiful colelction of modern logos. The logo is such a wonderful design challenge.  Look at what Google has done with their logo.  This thing is retarded.  You can’t design a good logo for $50.  You can design a crap one.  I remember when Spencer Spinnell was designing at Koko.  He was the most talented designer I ever…

Jets Predictions 2007

The Jets have their 2007 schedule.   I am making early predictions this year. God has not said these predictions would happen.  But I feel that a positive attitude is the most important thing.  Only 2 weeks till draft day.  I can feel the excitement. April 28-29 Draft Pick 25 – Defense – Ok, Ill make a guess: Adam Carriker Pick 59 – Defense Pick 63  – Offense Pick 89 – Defense Pick 164 – Offence Pick 177 – Defence Sept. 9 New England, 1 p.m. (WIN) Sept. 16 at Baltimore, 4:15 p.m. (WIN) Sept. 23 Miami, 1 p.m. (WIN) Sept.…

Creating Passionate Users

Apparently the blogger who writes “Creating Passionate Users” is discontinuing the blog.  Take a look at the graphics at the bottom.  Each one is genius.  Absolute Genius.  They really capture the designer’s dillema. Thanks for the inspiration, sorry to see you go.

ASP.net

I came across the relatively new Microsoft Ajax for asp.net and decided it had been a long time since I looked at asp.net.  I sat through the video.  In some ways, it’s awesome.  It is so full-features, and so integrated into the IDE (Visual Studio).  VS is really an awesome program.  On the other hand, it was overwhelming and I don’t think I could deal with it.  It was so big and complex.  I was overwhelmed. If I was going to get all focused on ONE program to build a web app and have to learn a whole new way…

Microsoft Vista Upgrade

I upgraded Penny’s computer to Vista yesterday.  I had my eye open for UX issues, just for professional curiosity.  There were so many screw ups, that I got a little depressed.  In the install, Microsoft has moved to a system that says virtually nothing about what is going on.  I think they mistook the user’s desire to be asked “zero questions” with their desire to see under the covers and monitor what is going on.  Several times the install seemed to freeze.  Nothing was happening.  If there was a button called, “See the details of what is happening”, I would…

Tennis

I went to an Orthopedic to check out my elbow.  It had beeen bothering me for a month or so.  He says its tendonitis and will go away.  I told him, "Not in my family it doesn’t.  Once we get hurt, we stay hurt."  But he gave me pills and suggestions.  if all else fails, he said ultrasound will help. For those who don’t know, I won the 3.5 division last season.  Check out my name on the right side of this page. Now I am in the 3.5-4.5 league playing much better players.  I lost the first match.  I…

jQuery problem solving

A guy on the jQuery mailing list asked how to achieve a goal. He had a table with checkboxes in  them.  He wanted the last checkbox to change the values of all the ones in that row.  The first answer came from Roman Weich which was: $(‘input.rowChecker’).click(function(){  $(this).parent().siblings(‘.updateItems’).find(‘input[@type=checkbox]’).attr(‘checked’,this.checked);}); I loook at it and thought.  Hmm, it assumes classes on the td’s and on the last input.  There must be a way to do this without classes.  It took me a little while to troubleshoot.  I had a little help from Ben Nadel, but eventually figured out this: $("table tr td:last-child input").click(function(){    …

Random Notes

The Sheild Season 6 started last night.  It is the best show on television.  Forest Whitaker is the hateable bad guy ever.  He needs to be shot.  Love this show. Matthew is wearing underwear for a few hours a day.  WOO HOO!  He also is obsessed with that punk rock song.  HEY HO, LET’S GO!  HEY HO, LET’S GO!  After an hour or so of him yelling it, I start to get numb. Blake Lewis is the best guy on American Idol.  He is going to win.  Or at least he is going to have a hit record.  Hmm, American…

Books

I just finished Katherine Graham’s Personal History.  It was a very good book for 60% of the book.  it went decidedly down-hill after that.  I think that her earlier life held alot more interest for me because she was talking about human relationships and famous people.  The later life focused on mergers and acquisitions and Warren Buffett.  I got kind of bored actually.  By the end, I was really just trying to get through it.  Too bad.  For the first half, she had an inspiring and powerful voice.  It was introspective in a way I really admired.  This book won…