Archive for the 'General' Category

Multitasking

Monday, November 20th, 2006

I have like 12 tabs open in Firefox, including work email, with a few other miscellaneous windows open on the PowerBook. The cell phone is right beside me.

My daughter has been sick for the past few days, with a horrendous fever and sore throat and the accompanying congestion. She’s ok when the tylenol works but her appetite is diminished and she has less energy than usual. She’s old enough to get some amusement out of taking her own temperature with the thermometer, “Mom, it’s 101!”

After getting a continual busy signal this morning, I finally have an appointment for her to be seen by the doctor this afternoon. The current thinking is that it’s probably the flu. An upper respiratory viral illness. A certain someone will be hanging with Grandma & Pop Pop for the next few days.

The irony of all this? I was supposed to get a flu shot at work today. And my throat hurts now.

Rutgers 9-0!

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Rutgers 28 - Louisville 25. Oh my god that was a great game. Even if the crowd rushed the field a little early.

Also, the Empire State Building lighted up in red in honor of Rutgers is pretty damn cool.

[tags]Rutgers, Rutgers Football, Rutgers Alumni [/tags]

Ad Tech

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Are any of my readers attending Ad:Tech NY next week?

[tags]marketing, conferences[/tags]

Rutgers 8-0

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Rutgers 24 - Connecticut 13. Good game. That blocked punt was excellent.

Now, who would have ever thought Rutgers would be *leading* the Big East at 3-0?

[tags]Rutgers, Rutgers Football, Rutgers Alumni[/tags]

Rutgers Football 7-0

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Rutgers 20 - Pitt 10. Now Rutgers is 2-0 Big East.

Awesome. And Campbell really did catch the ball in the 2nd quarter, despite the stupid ref’s call.

[tags]Rutgers Football [/tags]

ancestry.com bot

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

I thought this was clever. The grandaddy of all genealogy sites, Ancestry.com has a crawler which searches for biographical information on the Web. Here’s the bot information page.

Host: 66.43.16.184
/
Http Code: 200 Date: Oct 09 17:28:47 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 50133
Referer: -
Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MyFamilyBot/1.0; http://www.ancestry.com/learn/bot.aspx)

A special bonus, my genealogy course notes from my days as a computer instructor.

For the incoming search engine visitors, if you want to get into the genealogy blogosphere, start with the well written and sharp witted genealogue.blogspot.com.

[tags]genealogy, ancestry.com, robots, bots, crawlers[/tags]

This is your Friday update post

Friday, October 20th, 2006

This is the “Friday afternoon and I am going to crawl into bed after a late night last night update”.

I can say that I am currently fat and happy at the moment.

Last week consisted of running to the hospital to visit and be outspoken to nurses. Burst appendixes with a touch of infected wound (not mine, but a lapsed blogger) are very painful. And it can take down a healthy person who has hobbies such as, oh, participating in triathalons.

Fantasy Football - week 6 saw me win my matchup and wind up in second place for the league. Santana Moss actually played well. The Eagles Saints game was painful since I had Carney as my kicker but I was hoping the Eagles would win. As it turns out, the Eagles lost to a Carney field goal. Pittsburgh’s Hines Ward played his best game so far this season. Suffice it to say, I had dropped him last week.

I’m going into week 7 without a kicker though (no drop/add this week).

Rutgers is 6-0 and this week they play Pittsburgh.

Fantasy Football Week 5

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

Fantasy Football week 5 - if I dump that player, of course they go on to do well for someone else. Between last week and this week I have drop/add the following. I’ve been using this season’s stats to determine who I want.

-QB drop T. Brady for C. Frye
-K. drop S. Graham for J. Carney
-TE drop J. Witten for H. Miller
-Def drop Broncos for Rams

Westbrook is questionable again because of his knee, and from what I’m seeing he may not play. The Eagles have been very unreliable wrt their injury reports. I may get a change of heart, but I don’t know.

Update: Green was declared inactive by Green Bay just before the game…and I didn’t catch that (!!!). Oh, and reportedly, Westbrook is facing surgery.

Start
-QB Charlie Frye CLE @CAR
-RB LaDainian Tomlinson SD PIT
-RB A. Green GB STL
-WR Laveranues Coles NYJ @JAC
-WR Santana Moss WAS @NYG
-TE Heath Miller PIT @SD
-PK John Carney NO TB
-Def Rams, Team Defense STL @GB

Bench
-QB C. Pennington, NYJ @JAC
-RB M. Bell, DEN BAL
-RB T. Jones, CHI BUF
-RB B. Westbrook, PHI DAL
-WR A. Johnson, HOU bye
-WR H. Ward, PIT @SD
-TE A. Crumpler, ATL bye
-Def Seahawks bye

[tags]fantasy football[/tags]

weekend update

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

An all around busy week (again) nothing too bad, though. Of note:

  • Rutgers Football has a bye this week
  • I will regain my glory in fantasy football.
  • T.O. and the rest of the Dallas team will be playing the Eagles at home. I’m hearing talk of prescription bottles and nickles.
  • I am receiving requests to do another podcast, I shall look into it.
  • This blog has been on the Talk Digger Most Active Conversations List.

[tags]cleverhack, fantasy football, talkdigger[/tags]

project overview

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Not that I was ever really gone, it’s just that my energies were directed elsewhere. Nice to say that the project went well, at least on my end.

Five observations for you.

1)My CSS skills are getting stronger. I still prefer a mixed environment of tables for quick and dirty horizontal positioning when I just have to get something done. Also, I hope that the CSS3 spec will be implemented and supported sometime in my lifeftime. That would be helpful.

2)One CSS method I used for this project was the hover psuedo-class. My goal was to make buttons that would change color if a user hovered their mouse cursor over them. Easy enough, you would think. As it turns out, it is easy to implement such an idea in Mozilla based browsers as you can set an element hover declaration (i.e. ul li:hover). Of course homie don’t play that in IE 6 - although according to this MSDN document, element hover will be supported in IE 7. IE 6 only supports anchor (the a in an a href) hover. So to make the effect work in IE 6, I did what any other right thinking person would do, I employed spacing to make the anchor cover most of the button.

Yes, I do know that there is javascript which would help with the IE 6 hover issue but the least amount of javascript I have to deploy, the better.

3)Also on this project, I have the opportunity to work with Flash (or, well SWF files to be specific). While I’m not usually patient with editing multimedia, in these SWF files it seems that all you do is edit the appearance, effects and timeline for each individual object. Which is very similar to any other multimedia software including, say, Garageband or iMovie or Audacity.

4)I have made my peace with PhotoShop. Over the past few years, I’ve never really enjoyed using various versions of that program - just too many options to choose and buttons to push, but now I’m at the point where I can say I need X effect and I can execute it in an efficient manner.

5)Last but not least, the upper left hand corner of your page is the most active part of your design. Remember that.

[tags]Web design, CSS, HTML, usability, multimedia, Web browsers [/tags]

Web site accessibility lawsuit filed against Target allowed to proceed

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

From SFGate.com

Run by the nationwide Target stores chain, www.target.com is covered by federal and state laws that entitle people with disabilities to have equal access to business and government services, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ruled Wednesday in refusing to throw out a suit against the company. She rejected Target’s argument that the discrimination laws prohibit only physical barriers to a company’s stores or products.

“The purpose of the statute is broader than mere physical access” and includes the removal of all barriers to “a disabled person’s ‘full enjoyment’ of services or goods,” Patel said, quoting from the Americans With Disabilities Act.

She did not decide whether Target’s Web site is accessible to the blind, and denied an injunction that would have required the retailer to make immediate changes.

I’ve blogged about this lawsuit earlier, and noted then that part of the accessiblity problems were a lack of image alt tags and poorly implemented image maps. Let me just note here that I’ve seen poor implementation of image alt tags in some popular content management systems.

But really, what does this lawsuit mean to your friendly Web designer? Well, legally, we don’t know. There are no standards in the Americans with Disabilities Act that even address Web sites or Web site design. And while Section 508 has already been enacted, it’s standards only legally apply to US Federal Agencies. Looking to others, here are some guidelines for UK Government Web sites.

Honestly, I wonder what standard of Web accessibility will come from this lawsuit. This is key.

You may want to check if your Web site is Section 508 compliant and wait and see where this lawsuit will go. The W3C has a nifty list of Web Accessibility Tools including Section 508 checkers to make this easier.

[tags]Web, Web design, Web accessibility, Section 508 [/tags]

Fantasy Football - Week 1

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Here’s my starting lineup for my Fantasy Football team. I waited until this morning to make a decision on whether to sub in Westbrook, as his foot has been bothering him. For all intents and purposes from media reports, he’s playing. I expect Thomas Jones - RB CHI should do well too, but I am not sure if he will be better than Westbrook.

      QB T. Brady (NE-QB) BUF 1:00p
      RB B. Westbrook (PHI-RB) @HOU 1:00p
      RB L. Tomlinson (SD-RB) @OAK 10:15p
      WR L. Coles (NYJ-WR) @TEN 1:00p
      WR S. Moss (WAS-WR) MIN 7:00p
      TE A. Crumpler (ATL-TE) @CAR 1:00p
      K S. Graham (CIN-K) @KC 1:00p
      D/ST Seattle (SEA-D/ST) @DET 1:00p
      Bench J. Witten (DAL-TE) @JAC 4:15p
      Bench H. Ward (PIT-WR) MIA 17-28 F 5/53 ReYd, 1 ReTD(7)
      Bench T. Jones (CHI-RB) @GB 4:15p
      Bench T. Green (KC-QB) CIN 1:00p
      Bench A. Green (GB-RB) CHI 4:15p
      Bench M. Bell (DEN-RB) @STL 1:00p
      Bench A. Johnson (HOU-WR) PHI 1:00p
      Bench Denver (DEN-D/ST) @STL

Update: Won the matchup, probably won’t lead league.

[tags]Fantasy Football, Football, Sunday [/tags]