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Storytelling 2.0

ideally, blogs should say something interesting. this isn’t generally a prerequisite, but it’s what i always wanted. i’ve never been too interested in turning my blog into a linkroll, since others do that much more effectively. the problem is that for me to blog the way i want to, it takes time (which i either don’t have, or want to spend elsewhere).

enter new ways to blog: microblogging (e.g., twitter), image blogging (flickr) and other lightweight blogging services (e.g., tumblr, posterous). there are other things that could be seen in this light (e.g., dopplr, YouTube), but i’ll only focus on the first two.

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Neologism nausea

i’ve been having some issues with a few neologisms that have hit the internet and blogosphere (ahem) lately. it’s not so much that new words bother me (although some, like nucular, most definitely do). i came to the realization today that it’s their origins that can bother me.

take AJAX as an example.

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Death by digital proxy

A few weeks ago, I ceased to exist.

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The pain of cleaning computer slates

my new-ish computer (dual processor 1GhZ Mac G4, 1.2Gb RAM, two internal HDs, external HD, peripherals out the kazoo, yadda yadda yadda) started getting wobbly a few months after i brought it home. after an agonizing search for obvious hardware or software boojums, i finally concluded i had reached the point of last resort: complete system reinstall.

these words are enough to strike terror into most people who rely on magical boxes for their livelihood. i procrastinated for days, often sucking my thumb in the corner, rocking gently back and forth, before i summoned the courage to do it.

here, i recount the process of what was actually involved, if anything so that i can remember everything i did if i ever have to do it again <shiver>.

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brain surgery made easy

"Yes! You too can be a brain surgeon, with the new Brain-O-Rama surgeon’s helper, a revolutionary new tool from the makers of the incredible Gung-Ho knife!! For just $49.45, you get the Brain-O-Rama scalpel, a rubberized dummy to learn your way around the skull, and complete instructions with helpful anatomical diagrams. You’ll be taking care of tumors in 30-days or less, or your money back!!!!!"

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look ma, no tables!

yesterday, i said "look ma, no tables!" after i had built a nice, standards-compliant web page without the use of tables. today i experienced the concomitant disaster (although digital disasters are usually not as nasty as broken arms, at least not for the coder).

as my template was reviewed by those who needed to use it (read: the client), it became obvious that the tool with which it was going to be modified, Dreamweaver MX (read: lousy piece of @#$*), has a bad rendering engine (read: an old version of Opera) that fails to properly parse a lot of CSS. tricksy rendering engines – we hates them! we hates them all!!

and so, tail between legs and nice separation of structure and content out the window, i proceeded to soil my pretty page with tables to create the proper layout in DW MX so that it could be modified by the client’s overworked, understaffed, laterally skilled web development collective.

my apologies to jeffrey zeldman. i didn’t have the time (or software) required to debug my page in a "browser" that’s not even a browser.

i can hardly wait for the day when i can say, "look ma, no browser!," but i know mother nature will be waiting for me…

being the hydrant for technology’s dog

some days you’re the dog, some days you’re the hydrant.

this piece of wisdom was passed on to me some time ago, and i’ve found it a useful mantra. it helps remind me about life’s little ups and downs. for the past few days, it’s been technology that’s the dog, and i’ve been the hydrant. so i’m just gonna vent the old spleen a bit, and move on to smaller and better things.

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