The Beauty of Randomness: 3/31/04
While going through my logs again, I found that a random link generator at altavista had referred a bunch of vistors to my art gallery. So I plugged in the link myself and was taken to a bunch of interesting and odd ball graphics pages. You should try it out: Altavista's Web Collage.
Tableless CSS: Same day
When looking for my current job, many employers wanted "tableless CSS" so I figured it was the current coding/design
technique that I'd need to add to my bag of tricks. Sure, I knew rudimentary CSS and have been using it for years but I hadn't
heard of tableless CSS. I know what it means now and I'm slowly working towards a fuller understanding of it.
Post Script: Still the Same Day
My silly accomplishment for the day is finally setting up my web site to serve a custom 404 page. Go on, type in any random page name and you'll see it.
Death to Spacer.gif! : 3/30/04
My CSS conversion continues. I have turned my header from a complex spacer.gif table involving 20 lines of code and seven images into one line of code and two images. That frees up valuable bandwidth and is easier to maintain. Happy Dance!
Roses are Red; Violets are Blue;
I read in this month's Writers' Digest magazine that after having a story published in the Examiner, Kipling was unable to sell any more to the paper. They had decided he was a hack writer and not up to their fine standards.
A hundred or so years into the future and the Examiner is a free daily paper and hardly the prestigious paper it once was. Meanwhile, Kipling's works are considered classics.
I made Moussaka for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Here's the recipe:
1 lb lamb
1 small egg plant (I used the Asian variety)
3 or so cloves of garlic to taste (diced)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cinnamon
handful of pine nuts
16 oz can of spaghetti sauce
2 or 3 eggs
1/2 to 1 cup of milk
Cube and brown the meat with the garlic power and diced garlic cloves. Add in the cubed egg plant, cinnamon and pine nuts. After the pine nuts start to turn color and smell really good, add in the sauce and let simmer for about five minutes.
In a bowl beat the eggs and milk and set aside.
Move the meat and egg plant mixture to a lasagna baking dish. Pour the egg and milk mixture on top of the meat mixture. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. You won't need to cover it. When it's done, let it cool for about five minutes.
Last Saturday my car need a major service. That's the joy of having a three year old car that gets driven ten thousand miles every six months. Today the same car needed new front brakes. So that's two weekends of having to get the car to the mechanic early in the morning when I'd rather be having a lazy breakfast with my family. This time I brought my son along to check the car in. He was fascinated by all the different cars and noises.
If you're just starting out with a web site or you're an old pro and want to laugh yourself silly, I recomming "How to Make an Annoying Web Page." It brings back memories of some of the awful stuff I created in the name of design.
Two years is too long to let a web site go to pot. I'm now cleaning up this mess of web site. Some of the older pages make me blush. Boy are they ugly! At least I'll spare you the cliché of putting up one of the those "under construction" animated gifs.
I've finished putting up the bulk of my artwork for 2001 - 2003. Now I can keep my gallery up to date as I create new artwork. Working on the gallery has reminded me of the fun I had created the various pieces and I've been finding the time again to create new pieces. Now I just have to make sure not to completely forget my reading commitments that I have with my buddies at Book Crossing.
I think we've officially hit the "terrible twos." Sean was cranky all of today. I don't know if it's the growth spurt that's making him so grumpy or if it's something else. In the course of a week he has out grown most of his T-shirts. He's only 18 months but is tall in the torso and now wears 2T or even 3T shirts. Anyway, he's normally a jolly kid but not today. Lots of temper tantrums and lots of saying "No!" to everything.
We've been having a lot of rain which is good. We need the rain. All the hillsides are turning a healthy green. Last week we had an impressive electrical and hail storm. Unfortunately it was on a night when Ian teaches night school and he was stuck in it trying to get home. We don't have a garage so he had to find parking on the street and walk home in the middle of the storm.
Thing One: Yesterday would have been Theodore Geisel's 100th birthday. So a belated happy birthday to Dr. Seuss.
Thing Two: Writers or would be writers should read a style guide. The guide doesn't have to be a bible but writing well (or at least minus obvious errors) will make your writing stronger and better received.
Excuse me while I giggle. I've finally had the time to dive feet first (or maybe feet first) into cascading style sheets. Damn! CSS can do a lot more than it could when I was first introduced to it. I'll be required to do some heavy duty CSS coding at work so I'm playing with this site again and I love it!
I also have to admit to being piqued by the recent Book Crossing redesign which is heavily driven by CSS.
On Friday I received my first rejection notice for a short story I had submitted back in January. Everyone loves to tell me the story of Stephen King's rejection letters and how he stapled them to the wall. I've read On Writing too. The problem is, I can't staple mine. I deleted it before I even got a chance to fully read it. That was an accident. It got caught up in my spam filter and I saw the subject and from as it was deleting. I promise to staple the next one up somewhere.