text ul linespacing workaround

March 19th, 2006

Wherein, I beat the dreaded automatic line spacing between text and a ul list.

The problem:

Some introductory text, and a leading sentence:

  • snarky point #1
  • snarky point #2
  • snarky point #3

The fix:

<p style="margin:0px;">Some introductory text, and then a leading sentence:</p>
<ul style="display:block;margin:-4px;"><li>snarky point #1</li>
                         <li>snarky point #2</li>
                         <li>snarky point #3</li> </ul>

Translates to….

Some introductory text, and then a leading sentence:

  • snarky point #1
  • snarky point #2
  • snarky point #3

[tags] Web design, HTML, CSS [/tags]

KinderStart, there’s more (ignored)

March 19th, 2006

So the SEO world is abuzz about the KinderStart lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that KinderStart was penalized by Google last year for some unknown reason and has been sandboxed by the search giant and therefore lost massive amounts of traffic. KinderStart’s attorney is arguing that the sandboxing is unfair and is “violating KinderStart’s constitutional right to free speech by blocking search engine results.”

Excuse me while I go review the Bill of Rights. The last time I checked, “The right to be indexed by Google” was not listed.

Aside from the strawman “constitutional” arguement which should, in a just world, lead to this suit being thrown out, I have some serious questions about KinderStart’s motivations. When trolling the Web for more information, suprisingly enough I have not seen any information as to why KinderStart thinks it was sandboxed by Google. In fact, the only evidence that KinderStart proffers that they were sandboxed is the decrease in visitor traffic.

What bothers me is that I’m taking a look at the site, and quite frankly, it’s underwhelming. First of all, this kinderStart site bills itself as a “search engine”. I could point out a number of SEO issues with the site, starting with the appearance of the site, to the use of frames on the top menu, to the lack of easily discoverable sitemaps (no xml, txt nor static html sitemap page), no robots.txt at the site root directory, all the way down to the copyright date in the footer (as of this writing, it says “Copyright 2000 KinderStart.Com, Inc.”).

Little wonder that a page with a copyright date of 2000 has had a decrease in visitor traffic during the past 6 years. Give me a break, people.

Plus, many of the SEO practices that KinderStart.com ignores are listed in the Google Information for Webmasters page.

Talking about biting the hand that feeds you, this morning Sunday, March 19th at 11:23am Eastern Time, KinderStart.com has a strip of Google Ad Words at the top of their page.

If anything, this lawsuit will unfortunately bring a little PR to an unknown amateur looking site, sandboxed or not.

PS: I’ve archived a copy of the KinderStart HTML as of this morning, if anyone needs to take a look at it.

[tags]Google, SEO, marketing, KinderStart[/tags]


March 17th, 2006

It was fun going to work today and having my co-workers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Most of us wore green. And I appreciated the lightheartedness at work.

MC Hammer

March 5th, 2006

Nothing like a little pop culture getting to ya while noting MC Hammer has a blog. How cool is that?


Change (yet again)

February 19th, 2006

This past week was the first week of the new job. My sincere thanks to all of you who cheered me on.

As for what I’m doing now, I’m still working on the Web (happily so), but with my feet planted firmly on the marketing side.

superbowl live blog

February 5th, 2006

Liveblogging the superbowl… [with mispellings and grammatical errors]

Blockbuster ad - ok repetitive

Full throttle - I guess I can’t drink it since it’ll let out the Man in me. Also repetitive.

McD commercial with the hamster - ok. my daughter liked it

Aleve commercial - ho hum

sons & daughters promo - not family friendly for kids under 12, thanks ABC

Past Superbowl MVPs - interesting

The star spangled banner - Saturday night live nailed it last night.

Ooh ooh Condi Rice at the superbowl.

Adam Sandler Movie - hrm

Tostitos - cute

Pizza hut - eh Jessica Simpson who cares?

AT&T - 1984 called, they want Ma Bell back, also repetitive seen it before

I’m goin to Disney World - cute - best commercial so far

The places you’ll go with Harrison Ford (ABC promo) - cute

Coin toss - just explained the significance to my daughter

Oooh two female sportscasters

Good grief, the another Blockbuster commercial - boring and repetitve

Question from my daughter - how much do you get paid as a Pittsburgh Steelers cheerleader?


bud light - eh

Burger King - has got to have the worst ad agency EVER. I oh so dislike the king. ewwww.


Sierra Mist - amusing

bud light - Magic Fridge - eh (better than the earlier office one)

Bruce Willis Movie - eh


Toyota camry - ok

Caveman / fed ex - we liked it

Grizzly - bud light - eh


The audio on the player alma mater voiceovers stinks. also, there seem to be a number of players who never went to college


Vendetta - eh

Diet Pepsi - P. Diddy - Preferred the pimped out truck from last year


Aleve / trekkie - ok (do you really think that Leonard Nimoy fans watch the superbowl?)

Ameriquest Don’t Judge Us - loved it

bud light - fixing the roof - better than the previous ones


Diet Pepsi - Jackie Chan - better than the P. Diddy version

Cars - daughter wants to see the movie, immediately recognized the commercial

ABC has an awful lot of promos.

RAV4 - upbeat, better than the camry commercial


Budweiser streaker - cute

Mobile ESPN - concept works, even if I wouldn’t use the product

Careerbuilder - they like their chimps from last year

Cadillac Escalade - a fashion show? eh

Mission Impossible III - ooh explosions. Too bad Tom Cruise is in it.

Dove Girl’s Self Esteem - We liked it. Great message.

Shaggy Dog - eh

Ford Escape - kermit - ok

Michelob Dark- ok

Go Daddy - Heh not funny recycling last year’s joke.

Poseidon - ooh explosions on a cruise ship!

Gillette Fusion - Wow, enough explosion sounds?

Desparate Housewives promo - cute.

Overstock.com - eh. little wonder that people are short selling the stock.

Disney - Kelsey Grammar - ok

sprint - what?

NFL network - aww

Desparate Housewives promo - cute

Chevy Impala - ok

Who did the sound for the Rolling Stones? Jeepers.

Getting a bunch of local commercials…

Ameriquest plane - loved it

MotoPebl - eh

Sharpie - huh

Yet another ABC promo for lost

Budweiser - aww a baby clydesdale

Nationwide with Fabio - made us laugh

NFL Mobile - ok

Hummer - Huh? That’s a hummer commercial?

PS - Germophobes

Still don’t like the Sons & Daughters promos.

Careerbuilder - I work with a bunch of jackasses. Classic.

Taco Bell - Nice car, nice guy, nice girl, too bad it was for Taco Bell.

Slim Fast - One word: why?

Gillette Fusion - repeat, but I finally figured ou that it features 6 blades - 5 on one side and 1 on the other.

The World’s Fastest Indian - I’d go see it

Toyota truck - uh, ok.

Sprint - still don’t like it

Local commercial.

Acura MDX - Liked the commercial.

Icky PA lottery commercial.

Degree - ok

Emerald Nuts - ugh

Fidelity - liked it

Another ABC promo.

Budweiser stadium - clever

Pirates of the Caribbean - would see it

Mastercard - MacGuyver - cute

Another ABC promo

Mobile ESPN - The only commercial I missed due to laundry duty.

Honda Ridgeline - clever

Here’s to Beer - ok

ABC promo again.

World Baseball Classic - Mike Piazza is going to play for Italy?

Go Daddy - repeat

NFL Network - repeat

RAV4 - repeat

Running Scared - cops, money, guns. I think I prefer explosions.

Outback - Loud goofy dude with an Aussie accent and thick rimmed glasses. Exactly why I go to Outback.

Westin - esoterically not telling me why I should stay at a Westin.

Ok, enough of the Grey’s Anatomy “Code Black”.

Probowl - heh

Blockbuster - oh good grief not again

TGIFriday’s - ok

Allstate - good special effects

Expedia - cute

Mercedes - ok

Chevy Cobalt - 34 mpg highway

RAV4 - saw this commercial before

It’s post game and it’s time for bed… Best commercials were by far the Ameriquest ones.

School of Fish

January 30th, 2006

I was driving home today and while listening to the XM, I heard the song “3 Strange Days” by School of Fish. I hadn’t heard the song in a long, long while and since I don’t have the CD on me anymore, I figure I’d just go and grab their album from iTunes. Boy, I feel so dated.

I’m on iTunes right now and looking at their album, only to find out that the lead singer died in 2000 of testicular cancer.

Mitsubishi Outlander

January 29th, 2006

I’m amused for some weird reason over the Japanese version of the official Mitsubishi Outlander site.

Update: MSNBC/Forbes reports that the Outlander was the worst selling model for Mitsubishi last year, selling only 11,848 units (including mine).

I really honestly think that is caused not by general car suckitude, but by the absolute lack of advertising on Mitsubishi’s part. I had only learned of the car when a certain someone had researched Consumer Reports. In the past month I’ve seen at least 10 other Outlanders on the road around where I live, but that just could be because there is a well known Mitsubishi dealership nearby.

Update 04/02/06 - author’s explanation: Yes, I do own an 2006 Outlander SE (purchased it off the dealer’s lot just before the new year). After driving the vehicle for the past three months, with a little over 3,000 miles on the odometer, here are my impressions.

Overall, I would rate the car an A-. I’m extremely pleased with it, with my only real complaints with it being a little underpowered and I wish the gas mileage was a little better (I’m getting about 22mpg city). The spare tire in the back doesn’t bother me like it does others, and I have to say that the car handles extremely well in rain and snow.

I’m glad I made the purchase. I enjoy driving again.

Tracking travel deals with RSS

January 29th, 2006

Today’s Sunday NY Times has an article on tracking travel deals via RSS, rather than relying on promotional email newsletters.

While not all sites allow you to track specific fares to destinations, the idea of even tracking promos via RSS is pretty neat. The article explains in simple detail how to aggregate RSS feeds via a customized My Yahoo page.

RSS is slowly becoming more useful to the consumer - it’s not just for “news articles” anymore.

Satellite radio hack (sorta)

January 29th, 2006

This past Christmas, I received a Delphi XM SKYFi unit with the accompanying home and car adapters. I like to listen to the radio in the car and I usually have the XM going during my commute. I skip between channels 43 (college rock) and 82 (horrific electronica) respectively.

During my commute last week, I hit one of the satellite signal deadspots at a traffic light. I don’t have XM built in to my car audio system and I’ve only strung the anntenna inside of my new car which makes deadspots more frequent, or so I’ve been told. While sitting at the light, the radio signal went out and faded away and then all of a sudden I was hearing, of all things, Howard Stern’s voice coming out of *my* car speakers. Needless to say, I was just a tad bit surprised.

It seems that I was able to hear Mr. Stern’s voice because I’m using the XM car adapter kit with the low intensity FM transmitter. I use my transmitter at 88.3 FM and apparently, another car near me in traffic was using the same frequency for their Sirius car adapter unit.

I’ve heard of Pirate Radio with iPod FM transmitters, but this is a first concerning satellite radio.

So, perhaps here’s an idea for those guys who are streaming Howard on the net.

Ode to Sam

January 29th, 2006

My parents just adopted a new kitten and he’s as cute as cute could be…and a terror to boot.

An Ode to Sam

new addition to the family…

January 7th, 2006

Santa Claus must have heard about how much we like Apple Computers in this household as there was a note left here on Christmas as he couldn’t make one at his workshop, but there were some to be found at the Apple Store in Christiana, DE.

So, on my day off this past Monday (January 2nd), I took a trip down to Delaware, home of tax free shopping to pick up a new 17″ G5 iMac. The mall was packed. And by the time we got to the Apple store, the checkout line snaked down the center of the store, nearly to the entrance. So I had my accomplice stand in line while I hunted for the items I needed, an AirPort Express for my accomplice and the iMac. I located a roving floor person (it seemed like there were only two of those and three others were manning the checkout lines) and asked him where to get the iMac. He told me just wait in the checkout line and ask the checkout person. Anyway, I retreat back in line and wait for a good 20 minutes.

Finally I get to the checkout girl and she squares me away. The interesting thing that I didn’t realize is that the iMac comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse (instead of the wired Mighty Mouse) and I chose the wireless option, since my daughter would be the primary user and she prefers her wireless keyboard. In addition, there were a ton of rebates going on including ones for an HP printer or an Epson all-in-one printer/fax/whathaveyou and for Microsoft Office for Mac (which I already have). I did pick up the HP printer, because after the rebate it would be free and it would be used in this household.

Later that evening, got the precioussss machine home, and set it up in a snap (it would have been a snap if I hadn’t forgotten the password to my wireless router *ahem*….). And so I’ve got at least one machine running Tiger.

(As a side note, I’m not really all that excited about Tiger as I have Panther on my PowerBook, but on the iMac I think Tiger is more impressive…)

I think that the folks at Apple would be mightily amused to hear a seven year old say, “Oh wait, can you put that on my Dashboard?”