At one point this fall I was asked, "So, how have you used HTML?" My response was something like, "uh urm huh well I made some web pages." It's like asking an accountant how they've used numbers. Says Ben: "I don't use HTML, I define a new XML dictionary for every project." I feel that "inyourface" is more semantically correct than "strong."
it would be cool to have a tool that gives you your site's approximate ranking in a google search on a certain term. you're basically out of the picture if you're not in the first 50 results, but it'd be useful anyway to know if you're becoming more or less relevant, or if people are desperate enough for your topic that they're going 150 results deep.
My favorite hidden Dock preference is to make the icons of hidden applications semitransparent. Go to the command line and enter:
defaults write com.apple.dock showhidden 1; killall Dock
there's also the option to attach the dock to a corner of the screen:
defaults write com.apple.dock pinning -string start; killall Dock
or, to pin the dock by the end corner:
defaults write com.apple.dock pinning -string end; killall Dock
Frenzic - finger twiddling, attention monopolizing game. notable because it has an option in the preference panel to change colors to compensate for color blindness:
lots of games are harder to play with fewer colors; I can't play Set with my father because the green, red, and purple aren't distinguishable enough to him (he has red-green color blindness).
game via daringfireball, who linked to the iPhone/iPod Touch web version.
Mowser - a web app that translates web pages into more mobile-accessible versions on the fly. even though mobile browsers don't need as much coddling these days with iPhone/iPod Touch Safari and the latest mobile Opera no longer defaulting to using 'mobile' stylesheets.
Why would Nigeria want to have a space program? ... some examples of environmental problems that are best monitored from space:
- Gulley erosion in eastern Nigeria
- Desertification in the North, proceeding at 3 km per year
- Deforestation in the south
- Pollution from industrial waste, oil exploration and mining
The Nigerian Space Program (part of Ethan Zuckerman's 2007 PopTech! coverage, which I'm still sifting through)
I went to the Boston Museum of Science today, and outside of the bathroom on the lower level there is this cool gear:
(a poorly coordinated reciprocating rotary gear, but it illustrates the point. indulge me here, it is a pretty sweet animation and I made it.)
see also: CAD model of the same gear
No, what interests me about FreeRice is the reinforcement it gives to Internet users that their attention is a valuable currency. In an economy where all anyone wants is a moment of your attention, it’s possible for many things to be free, so long as they’re sufficiently popular, and so long as their creators are comfortable monetizing them by being willing to share their attention with an advertiser.
FreeRice claims 73,566,480 grains of rice donated so far today... there are between 35,000 and 50,000 grains of rice in a kilogram... 73 million grains might run about $387.
Actually, Comet-style scripts still poll the server, but the server leaves the script's HTTP request open and doesn't respond until there is new data to send (or the request times out, after something like 200-300 seconds); when the response is received, a new request is opened. Regular polling asks the server for new data and immediately gets a response (either something saying "no new data", or the new data), then waits x seconds and makes another request.
For my first pair of socks I have chunky yarn and I don't want to use tiny needles. These are some free sock patterns I've found that use medium-sized needles.
- legwarmer socks. possibly to make without the legwarmer part. knit on #7 and #8 needles, or 17w by 24h = 4" square.
- knit socks. knit on #5 needles or 21w by 29h = 4" square.
- "significant other sock". knit on #8 needles or 14w = 4" in k2p2 rib.
- campfire socks. on #4 needles or 6w by 8h = 1" square.
- plain ribbed socks. knit on #3 needles, or 24w by 32h = 4" square.
from a book of traditional knitting patterns from Gotland (a Swedish island). There are plenty of goofy flower and vine patterns, but among them are a couple gorgeous geometric ones. The Swedish Mitten Book, Inger and Ingrid Gottfridsson, © 1984 Lark Books.
Also: the book was originally published in Sweden under the title Gotlandska Stickmonster. "Stickmonster" is "knitting patterns" in Swedish!
the state of MathML on the web - comment on a Slashdot article on a new comprehensive set of math fonts. summary:
- LaTeX is the classic solution for laying out math but it's not appropriate for browsers
- MathML is math in semantic XML, so should be good for browsers
- but currently you have to do a lot of config to view MathML on the web, including having a specific set of fonts available
- and MathML fares better with XHTML, because they're both XML. Firefox won't render MathML as math unless the page its on is valid XML.
HTML Good Practice Checker. It is specifically for HTML; if you put XHTML through it, it checks it against an HTML DTD and notes some XHTML features as errors. The same site also provides a tool that validates XHTML parsed as HTML, which is what browsers see when XHTML is sent with the "text/html" MIME type. via notes.natbat.net.
There's no official HTML5 doctype yet, but some people are already writing HTML5 and using
<!DOCTYPE html> Interestingly, this isn't intended to address validation issues, only to trigger "standards mode" in browsers. (see: W3C recommended DTDs, doctype of HTML5, HTML5 doctype as 'quirksmode switch', doctypes and triggering IE6's 'standards mode')