the-inbetween posts categorized as General

Moveable Type tweaks

Being a lazy person, I like the little buttons above Movable Type’s main text box. They save me about five seconds worth of typing! I don’t have to manually type <b>bold</b> anymore; I just select what I want to boldify, hit the little B button, and continue on. There’s two small problems. Firstly: <b>, <i>, and <u> are deprecated. Secondly: a number of other, more semantically correct tags are missing. Naturally, I opened up the MT template file and very…

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Battle of Ontario indeed

Nothing good ever came out of Ottawa.

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Quick Note

If you’re looking for this image, but are instead finding this one — then someone is a complete ass. That someone is quite possibly you. That image was not meant for you, but for a special place that I now regret linking to in the first place. Thank you for your co-operation. Over and out.

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There’s a futureshop commercial that’s been regularly shown on tv for months now. It’s the standard fare: families watching movies on their big-screen tvs, cool people listening to cool music on their cool stereos, and kids playing their high-tech games. They’re all highly ecstatic and excited, as one would expect. I never gave the commercial much attention, until I found two discrepancies. Firstly, in one of the scenes, you see two younger boys playing Super Mario Sunshine, and they’re really…

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Sleepless in Mississauga

Whatever is bringing me down, is keeping me up. I’ve been having trouble sleeping this whole month. At this rate, I’ll be likely to collapse from fatigue in places I’d rather not collape in. Sleep is a scarce resource around these parts. Hopefully, reading Mastering Regular Expressions will help me fall asleep. It looks awfully boring, but it is a skill that I need for a current project. On the plus side, when sleep seems impossible — the internet is…

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The Perfecter Pump

We’ve all seen the commercial. Jerry Seinfeld drives into a gas station and watches some shmuck fill up for $20.03 worth of gas. He then goes and does the “perfect pump”: twenty dollars, even. Well, if that is a perfect pump, then I have a perfecter pump. The set-up: I need gas, I am thirsty, and I have only three five dollar bills and some spare change. I pull in to the gas station, grab the nozzle, and start pumping.…

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Be ready!

Ready.gov, the U.S. Department of Homeland Insecurity’s scare initiative, went live recently and it instantly became comic fodder. It’s nicely designed and all, but these are easy joke targets, as Y!H! immediately proved. Not surprisingly, today’s The Daily Show was on top of it too. The US Government is a funny, funny (read: stupid) thing. Here’s another reason: Operation Kuwaiti Fried Chicken.

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The Century Mark

Mississauga Computer Books, a fine local source of, well, computer books, is closing shop. Sadly. On the up side, this means that there’s a clearance sale. Now, a 30%+ saving might seem like a big deal, but when you go to the counter with an armful of computer books, it feels miniscule. The exorbitant price of said books virtually negates all but the most unprofitable of discounts. I still can’t understand why these blocks of paper, with no colour, no…

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O*Flash

Ad*Access is a database of over 7000 print advertisements from 1911 to 1955. There’s some nice stuff there if you’re into retro ads. I couldn’t agree more with the statement “I don’t hate Flash; I just hate what it does to designers.” Make your own O’Reilley cover.

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Mike here.

It loaded very slowly for me, and opens in an annoying pop-up — but other than those hassles, gorgeous.co.uk is the best Flash site ever*. * Disclaimer: Not really the best, but pretty good.

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Posterize

Just in time for my… Wednesday, I received a couple of posters from Basefield. They’re not the most stupendously amazing things, but they’re quite nice. What I’d really like, though, is a few posters from printem. I particularly like those by Kusano and Okubo. Massive Attack has a new site and, apparently, a new album (?).

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Eye Gouging FFR

Haven’t seen this Flash game before: Flash Flash Revolution is, you guessed it, a DDR immitator, albeit a crappy one. It’s ugly as fuck, loads slow, the music is poor, but… on second thought, I don’t really have anything nice to say about it. It might be fun, I guess. If you’re into such a thing. Norway MP plays PDA game during war debate — this seems rather overblown to me. If anything, this whole affair shows just how eye…

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I have seen the future, and it is talking cars. No. None of that flying shit that we’ve been expecting since the fifties. Flying is so passe; talking is where it’s at. Because, when your suburban minivan is backing out of a mall parking spot, you need to announce to everyone in hearing distance that you are backing out. Those lights that indicate that a vehicle is in reverse just aren’t enough. What is really needed is an annoying female…

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