New Design

Well, I’ve got a new design up, final­ly. Doesn’t look too much dif­fer­ent on the face. Most of the changes are behind the scenes, HTML5 and CSS3. If you’ve got the right brows­er, you might see some cool fonts and oth­er stuff. As usu­al, it ain’t com­plete, if I ever get around to it some oth­er cool­ness might appear.

Well, it fig­ures, some stuff isn’t work­ing cor­rect­ly that worked just fine on my devel­op­ment box. Switched back to the old design until I can fig­ure it out.

Well, I final­ly fig­ured out the bugs. @font-face should be work­ing now, I’m using Greyscale and Midi­et. The whole design is cod­ed in HTML5, and I was using every CSS3 bell and whis­tle just for prac­tice but end­ed up rip­ping most of them out. I plan on mak­ing a few more updates and to con­duct an audit of all my posts, to clean them up, but that process will take even longer than it did for me to come up with a new design.

Cobbler’s Children

Prob­a­bly the best rea­son to call for good web stan­dard prac­tices and a con­sis­tent and log­i­cal approach to build­ing web­sites is the ease with which such good plan­ning enables future-proof­ing and upgrad­ing how a site looks. In 2002, when I start­ed this thing, I was blind­ly mov­ing about using WYSIWYG, think­ing I knew what CSS was and how RSS worked. Now that I’ve got my head around that, and know how to build lean, seman­tic markup, acknowl­edge the pow­er that tags can have and under­stand first-hand the impor­tance of acces­si­bil­i­ty in expand­ing the web expe­ri­ence, I often want to go back and clean up all the dusty cor­ners of this site, mak­ing each post pass all of the var­i­ous tests that exist to test web­pages.

I’ve been, every once in a moment, when I have a moment, been work­ing on a redesign. HTML5 and CSS3, excel­lent typog­ra­phy and a new iter­a­tion of the min­i­mal design aes­thet­ic that’s become the norm here. I’ve been work­ing on it for months, but it is still only bare­ly start­ed. It takes more time to fig­ure out where I left off than it does to make changes and updates to the design. It’s the cobbler’s chil­dren.

Farmer’s Weather Complex™

i’ve almost got the CSS ver­sion of my page fin­ished. i was almost giv­ing myself and aneurysm try­ing to fig­ure it out for the past few days but it all clicked yes­ter­day espe­cial­ly after a lit­tle help from this place. now all i need to do is get move­able­type installed cor­rect­ly on my web­space and learn to use it then i’ll be stream­lined and ready to roll.

we’ve need­ed rain bad­ly for sev­er­al weeks and we final­ly got it. although i am not a farmer, liv­ing in a farm­ing com­mu­ni­ty has made me aware of the weath­er and in doing so i have devel­oped the Farmer’s Weath­er Com­plex™. there is always either too much rain or not enough rain. this sum­mer has been a dry one but hope­ful­ly this rain will do the crops some good. it is also fair time around here which means next week i am going to get an ele­phant ear and (if my braces are off) a can­died apple. mmmm got­ta love the fair.

CSS is COOL

CSS is cool!

i love it but i hate it.

just got back from the mall. wtf is up with the cheapo pic­ture tak­ing things?? they suck now. they aren’t cheap and they only spit out one pho­to. remem­ber how they used to spit out a strip of 4 dif­fer­ent shots so you could have a lit­tle fun and make faces at it? no longer. 4 bucks for 1 shot, you fuck up, your through. what a bitch. of course, i fucked it up, didn’t take off my glass­es and got a lens­flare. i bare­ly decid­ed on spend­ing 4 buck on what i thought were going to be 4 pho­tos but to find out its 4 bucks for one fuck­ing pic­ture. man. remem­ber when lit­tle caesar’s had that 4bucks 4bucks piz­za deal? now that was good shit. 4 dol­lars for a piz­za. hell yeah. but now i have to pay 4 bucks to get one shit­ty pic­ture from the stu­pid booth in the mall.

CSS is HARD

yeah, so learn­ing CSS is hard­er than i thought. espe­cial­ly since the edu­ca­tion­al ver­sion of Dreamweaver that we have does not have any of the CSS attrib­ut­es installed on it. Thank­ful­ly one of my fel­low web­savvy stu­dents has a CSS book that he is going let me bor­row. but all of this junk with me deal­ing with my own inabil­i­ty to make a sen­si­cal web­page is result­ing a a stum­bling pro­gres­sion toward usabil­i­ty.

i haven’t made a film in 2 months and it is start­ing to both­er me. i am ready for class­es to start again. This semes­ter i am tak­ing two anthro­pol­o­gy class­es and three film class­es. Anthro­pol­o­gy: Soci­ety and Cul­ture Through Films and Intro­duc­tion to Archae­ol­o­gy. Film: Inter­me­di­ate Film Prod­cu­tion, Film Noir, and Cin­e­ma Ide­olo­gies. This will com­plete my anthro­pol­o­gy major and leave the 2nd semes­ter open for 4 film class­es and hope­ful­ly a poet­ry writ­ing class. I am also anx­ious to have a room to myself, a space total­ly my own, where I do not have a room­mate to cause trou­ble. wun­der­bar!

there are 5 new poems in ver­bal impo­tence

fenc­ing is a hard sport for me to think about. is it a sport or an art? it is a basic act of vio­lence using the sword, the tra­di­tion­al icon for war­fare, refined into a thing of grace and beau­ty. how should i go about my fenc­ing? Should i take it as war­fare, to destroy my oppo­nent by any means, or should i strive to achieve tech­ni­cal per­fec­tion and glo­ry in the kines­thet­ic impro­vi­sa­tion of the bout? Are the two even sep­a­rat­ed? Can the act of vio­lence be a thing of beau­ty? Are the con­vo­lut­ed sym­bols and mean­ings a sign of our attempts at cre­at­ing an Art of War? I should read Sun Tzu and Miyamo­to Musashi again.

Reconnections

INT. KEOUGH HALL RM 435, ADAM’S COMPUTER. 7:30pm NIGHT
i recon­nect­ed with a cou­ple of old friends last night and it was good. it was nice talk­ing to them and catch­ing up on what is going on in their lives. it made me feel good to know that out there are still peo­ple who feel the way i do.

INT. O’SHAUGNESSY HALL COMPUTER CLUSTER. 12:38pm DAY
edit­ing my last film project is like pulling teeth but it will be fin­ished dammit.

INT. KEOUGH HALL RM 435, ADAM’S COMPUTER. 1:10am (4.27.02) NIGHT
oh shit. i’ve start­ed a new page design. hold on to your knick­ers.