April 2009


Hand Problems Conquered?

About a year ago, as it were, I started getting pretty nasty pain in my hand. I hesitate to call it “carpal tunnel”, because as I understand it these probably-computer-related hand pains are more likely generically categorized under “RSI” or Repetitive Stress Injury” rather than specifically the carpal tunnel. For many, many months to come, […]

First World Problems (Reworded)

Anytime you are about to bitch about something, you should think about just what it is exactly that you are saying. First World Problem: We ran out of hot water this morning half way through my shower! Reworded: I live in a dwelling that not only is spacious, keeps predators out, and is temperature controlled, […]


The best possible way to watch TV is to wait for a whole series to be over and then rock out the episodes back to back with no commercial interruption or painful cliffhanger endings. My latest conquering of a series this way has been Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was a kid’s show on Nickelodeon […]

Drinking + No Kids

I generally don’t mind children, but the public places they inhabit tend to be crawling with them all the time. Like a public park. I could decide to go play on the monkey bars some afternoon, but that would be weird for me, creepy for them, and just generally unacceptable social behavior. That’s why it’s […]

My People

malcontents misfires square pegs bad seeds black sheep


by Old Crow Medicine Show

Needs and Desires

Web Designer Depot has an article on self-centered web copy that is pretty interesting. They quote Abraham Maslow with a tidy list of peoples needs and desires: Transcendence: help others realize their potential Self-actualization: realize your own potential, self-fulfillment, peak experiences Aesthetic: symmetry, order, beauty, balance Learning: know, understand, mentally connect Esteem: achieve, be competent, […]

The Legend of the Raven

As told by Marilyn from Northern Exposure in the episode “Seoul Mates”. Mostly for my own reference, as sometimes this get stuck in my head and it takes me a while to remember enough to Google. A long time ago, the raven looked down from the sky and saw that the people of the world […]

Lethal Lithics & The Last Airbender

My uncle Barry Howe has a side business as a flintknapper (manufacturer of stone tools) called Lethal Lithics. As cool of a side business as that is, even cooler is the fact that he is personally producing the weaponry from the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan movie The Last Airbender. From Barry: After sending them some […]

In Case Your Mom Asks

Thank god we have McSweeney’s to give us plain-English explanation of Twitter: Twitter seems to be, first and foremost, an online haven where teenagers making drugs can telegraph secret code words to arrange gang fights and orgies. It also functions as a vehicle for teasing peers until they commit suicide. In order to become a […]

Two Things I Enjoy

Watching people on awkward first dates in coffee shops Being on awkward first dates in coffee shops

How To Get Me To Take My Business Elsewhere

Ignore me. When you are a brick-and-mortar, one of the few things that you have that online stores will never have is good personal customer service. If I walk in there and am ignored for 20 minutes and walk out, you haven’t just lost a sale today, you’ve lost all my sales forever. I don’t […]


Two major milestones for CSS-Tricks, both happened today. Over one million page views in a one-month period: And over 20,000 RSS subscribers: I think I’ll have a party. In my mind.

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