Archive for October, 2008

Neat Microformats Trick: Use Technorati Link to Find and Export

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Rev. Mitcz left a comment on CSS-Tricks on a cool trick for exporting microformats vCards from websites.

If a page has a valid hcard microformat on it, you can add that URL to the end of and you’ll get a download link for a vCard.

For example:

First-World Problem

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Should I take a nice trip to Colorado over the Winter or get a crown on my back tooth that sort of needs it?

New Louis C.K. Standup

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

This is ridiculously funny standup. Also ridiculously NSFW. Also be warned it’s kind of a crappy video site. I would embed it here, but it actually forces open an Adult Friend Finder link before the movie plays, which is unbelievably uncool.

Images in Email Signatures

Monday, October 20th, 2008

I have a client that likes to use their logo in their email signature. The little graphic, for some reason, triggers the “attachment” indicator in most email clients (GMail and, at least).

The graphic is hosted on the web, not really attached to the email. So why is it triggering email clients attachment indicator? Most other HTML emails with images don’t….

Banjo Brain Surgery

Monday, October 13th, 2008

A musician who underwent brain surgery to treat a hand tremor played his banjo throughout surgery to test the success of the operation.

Link (with video)

Too bad it was three-finger style. No wonder he has brain problems. He should know in order to keep your brain limber you really gotta frail.

Ralph Stanley Endorses Barack Obama

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

I’ve been a musician and old-time & bluegrass lover for a long time. I’ve been to a lot of bluegrass festivals. You’ll meet a few strange folks, but by and large, there isn’t a whole heck of a lot of ethnic diversity. There are a lot of “confederate” flags (which, by the way, did you know that the popular “Bars and Stars” was never really the confederate flag?), jesus worship, white people and republicans. The political atmosphere even creeps onto stage a lot of times, especially in the Southern festivals, where you’ll hear musicians talk about the great job Dub-Ya is doing. I can’t stand it when musicians get all political – even when it’s something I agree with (like what a bad job Dub-Ya is doing).

The older the performer, the stronger the chance it’s you’ll get a little republican flag waving. I heard Jimmy Martin (the year before he died) do a 15 minute bit on George W Bush and talk about this personal letter he got from him and how he got it framed. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to hear the Ralph Stanley put a video ad together for Barack:

I haven’t heard Ralph play in a while so I don’t know if he brings this to the stage or not, but I certainly don’t mind nice off-stage endorsements like this. Kinda blows my mind.

Put it on the homepage!

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

Why is the client request always:

Can you put this on the homepage for us please?

and not:

We have some new content ready for our website that we would like to feature, what do you suggest?

Typically, we designers are hired in the first place because of our design and user experience expertise. Why does it always seem like, over time, this relationship deteriorates, and that original respect is lost.

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Normally I’m an up-to-date kinda guy so on my Windows XP install (through VMWare Fusion), I have the latest beta IE 8 running. Then I do my IE 6 testing through IE Tester. This normally works fine until recently I had a problem with Wufoo forms. Any page with a Wufoo form on it wouldn’t load in IE 6. I contacted them and they said they’ve seen the same thing, but only through “virtualized” renderings of IE 6, not through “real” installations. So I decided I was gonna uninstall my way back down to IE 6 and see if that would work. First you uninstall IE 8, restart, which brings you to IE 7. Then you uninstall IE 7, restart, which brings you to IE 6 (friggin seriously).

Fortunately, this worked, and it wasn’t Wufoo at all, those pages were running fine in a “real” instance of IE 6. But now I have a problem with a site in IE 7. IE Tester can’t test IE 7 unless you actually have it installed, so I needed to go back to and install IE 7. And…

WTF. Great time for a nasty weird error with no solution in sight. I hate Windows. This is what happens when you click to download IE 7. You can close it, but then no download starts.