It's been quiet around here for a few months. Part of that, of course, is the holidays and all the craziness that comes with them. But the main reason is that I've spent most of my free computer time on this: my new site.
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There are no good desktop Twitter apps out there. I seriously can't stand any of them. So this is a plea to the software developers out there: Please, make a good one. To get you started, here's a list of features I'd like to see:
One of the more popular posts on this site is my explanation of the easyclear method of clearing floats. I had been using it for a while when I wrote the post, and it's a great solution. However, Dave Woods commented on that post with a new method: setting
overflow:auto on the containing element actually has the same effect as the clearfix, without all the extra stuff.
I have a lot of articles "in the pipes," but I've been finding it hard to get into the rhythm of writing again, so I thought I'd start with an easy post to get the juices flowing. This sort of post is obviously something plenty of people have done before, but I usually find them interesting. Since it's been done before, I thought I would concentrate on some of the smaller things that make my life better/easier, instead of the normal operating system (OS X Leopard)/text editor (Coda) writeup.
It's been a very busy summer. Between buying a house, moving into said house, getting married, vacationing, and somehow managing to work, I haven't had any time for the website. But I'm finally caught up with (most) everything, so I thought it was time to get back to the blog.
So most everyone I know in the community is a Twitter user, but I've managed to avoid it up to this point. However, seeing as I have absolutely nothing to do today, I joined Twitter. I'm hoping it will give me a chance to say things that are too inconsequential for a full-on blog post, but that I still want people to hear. Up till now, I was using Sprokets' campfire room for that purpose. I'll probably keep doing that, but, you know, Twitter is cool, too.
Well, well. It looks like someone has been neglecting their blog.
You may or may not have noticed, but there is a new section here. It consists of sites that I have saved to my Ma.gnolia account. Every day, I find things on the web that I want to share with people, but I haven't wanted to clutter up my blog to do so. The solution is Ma.gnolia. There's a feed and everything. I hope you find it useful/interesting.
So here's some good news. The guys over at CSS Off recruited five judges to help out, including yours truly.
The CSS Off guys announced today that the next contest will begin on September 15. Wooo!
I'm not sure if anyone noticed, but Google Reader now has a search bar. Those of you who use it should be jumping up and down for joy. Those of you who chose another reader because for some unknown reason Google didn't include a search with their RSS aggregator can finally come back home.
Well, I made it almost a month since the last design change. However, this redesign is a little more extensive.
Turns out that there's an even easier way to create transparent favicons (assuming you have photoshop): A photoshop plugin. It supports transparency and, from what I can tell, creates better looking images altogether. Nice.
So I discovered the other day that it is possible to make transparent favicons. Favicons are a good idea. Transparent favicons are just awesome.
Well, as I was telling Eric, I've officially moved. Sunny Bloomington, Indiana is the city I now call home. Emily and I have mostly finished putting everything away and moving around our furniture (you really don't realize how much stuff you have until you have to move everything...), and now all that's left is hanging pictures and organizing shelves. Last week was a crazy, stressful one, but now I finally feel kind of settled in. Emily started orientation today at IU, and I've been purposely trying to get lost in order to explore the city.
Well, it took a little time to get the results, but apparently I've won. I'm very excited about the results. Thanks as always to the css off guys, and more on the subject tomorrow(:
Back from the trip. It was wonderful. Some catch-up news:
Emily (pictured) and I are leaving this evening for our annual trip to Cape Cod. We'll be gone for a whole glorious week, hanging out on the beach and drinking beers. I can already smell the ocean. See everyone in a week!
I came across a post (via Daring Fireball) by Joel Spolsky regarding comments below blog posts. While I think that he sort of misrepresented Dave Winer's post about blogs (Dave's post was about what it means to be a blog, and the fact that having comments don't make a blog), Joel does bring up some interesting points about comments:
Judging is underway for the latest CSSOFF contest, so, as promised, here's my entry, and here's the jpeg of the initial file we got. As I said before, I'm pretty happy with the results. Here are my thoughts on this entry.
Finally, I'm live and on the scene. This is the forth or fifth incarnation of this website since I first registered the domain and started working on it. It was a challenge from the beginning, and I think that I succeeded in keeping it standard, accessible, and pretty.