Max Design - A webstandards checklist

Filed under: Web development — Andrew @ 11:17 pm

webstandards checklist outlining basic some dos and don’ts in the following areas:

  • Quality of code
  • Degree of separation between content and presentation
  • Accessibility for users
  • Accessibility for devices
  • Basic Usability
  • Site management

This list would be quite useful for those developing a site style guide or a specification for a new site.


Something to add to the “to play with” list

Filed under: General — Andrew @ 4:47 am


Current Web-related reading

Filed under: Web development — Andrew @ 3:06 am

Why specs matter [dive into mark]
Corporate blogging [dive into mark]
Kittenfight [dive into mark] Smart Guy, Dumb Code - Journalism Under Fire
Problematic Situations
4096 Color Wheel Version 2.1 XML on the Web Has Failed
CodeGuru: The System Is Stupid, So Outsmart It!
Fuck That Job! - Because daily job hunting is demoralizing enough
Library Stuff
Demand for corporate librarians rises - 09/10/04
Design by Fire: You say toe - may - toe, I say [expletive] that
Design by Fire: Design Eye for the Usability Guy

10 Things to Do in Columbus Before You Die

Filed under: General — Andrew @ 1:47 am

I beleive I’ve only covered half of City Search’s list of 10 Things to Do in Columbus Before You Die. Maybe I’ll hit the rest when I’m home over the Winter holidays.

Cost-Effective Website Acceleration

Filed under: Web development — Andrew @ 1:38 am

A new artilce on SitePoint, Cost-Effective Website Acceleration, outlines a number of bandwidth-saving techniques.

If you like this article, be sure to check out Andy King’s excellent book, Speed Up Your Site: Web Site Optimization .


Columbus, Oh?

Filed under: General — Andrew @ 7:22 pm

Eric Meyer posted a nice list of Ten Things To Do In Cleveland Before You’re Dead last week. Being a Columbus native, I had to give Cleveland an obligatory jab.

The post reminded me of a few nice quotes about Columbus. Actually, they’re not nice at all, since they make fun of Ohio’s capitol city.

Anyway, here are a some that I could track down on the web.

  • In chapter9 of Vineland by Thomas Pynchon. (Summarized by John Diebold and Michael Goodwin)

    It seems that Wayvone and the Mafia try to hire her to put the deadly, delayed-action Vibrating Palm ninja move on Vond (who is threatening their drug dealing), but despite her hatred of Vond for seducing and subverting Frenesi, DL is afraid of getting involved with the Mafia. She flees to Columbus, Ohio, where she tries to hide in the Clark Kent guise of a mild-mannered file clerk.

  • One from Columbus native James Thurber.

    Nobody from Columbus has ever made a first-rate wanderer in the Conradean tradition. Some of them have been fairly good at disappearing for a few days to turn up in a hotel in Louisville with a bad headache and no recollection of how they got there, but they always scurry back.

  • Now for a longer, more detailed view of my birthplace. Bill Roorbach, who may or may not like Columbus, notes in his piece, Scioto Blues, that:

    If you move to Columbus, Ohio, from Farmington, Maine (as I did three years ago to take a job at Ohio State), you will not be impressed by the landscape. It’s flat there–as I write I’m back in Maine, escaped from Ohio for a third summer straight–and the prairie rivers move sluggish and brown. In Maine you pick out the height of flood on, say, the Sandy River by the damage to tree trunks and the spookily exact plane made by ice and roaring current tearing off the lowest branches of riverside trees. In Columbus you pick out the height of flood on the Olentangy or Scioto Rivers by the consistent plane attained by 10,000 pieces of garbage, mostly plastic bags, caught in tree branches…

    I mean, the river is a junkfest.

    That’s the Olentangy before it gets to campus, and before it gets to the large skyscraper downtown of Columbus. And Columbus is big–bigger than you think, an Emerald City that pops up on the prairie. It’s the biggest city in Ohio, population about 1.25 million inside the Greater Columbus loop of 1-270. The city’s official slogan should be It’s Not That Bad, since that’s what people tell you, over and over. I think the actual civic slogan is More Than You Dreamed…

    On the northeast bank of the river is Blowjob Park, as one of my students called it in a paper, which I found because it is at the very end of the bike path. The path ends at a parking lot where lonely and harmless-looking men sit in cars gazing at each other and waiting for liaisons. The city sometimes arrests these men in courageless raids, not a homophobic act, says a spokesperson, for the men are said not to be gay exactly, but married guys looking for action of any kind, loitering and littering and certainly dangerous so close to the impound lot and the defunct sewage-treatment plant.

Hoya 52mm RM72 Infrared Glass Filter

Filed under: Photography — Andrew @ 3:39 am

I can’t wait for my new toy to arrive.

I ran across a few samples of infrared photography earlier this month, and I was hooked at first sight. Hopefully, I can produce some pics as good as some of the samples that I’ve seen.


Barry Bonds’ Home Runs

Filed under: Baseball — Andrew @ 9:44 pm

I’ve created a table of Barry Bonds’ Home Runs, organized by year. Man, that’s a lot of dingers.

Open Access is good for scholarly communication

Filed under: General — Andrew @ 5:59 pm

Molecular Cancer 2004, 3:23 contains a nice article by Paul J. Chiao and Christian Schmidt, Open Access gains attention in scholarly communication, outlining some of the many benefits of Open Acces to Scholarly Communication. The authors conclude that:

Open Access has following broad benefits for science and the general public:

  • All articles become freely and universally accessible online; so an author’s work
    can be read by anyone at no cost.
  • The authors hold copyright for their work and grant anyone the right to
    reproduce and disseminate the article, provided that it is correctly cited.
  • A copy of the full text of each Open Access article is permanently archived in an
    online repository separate from the journal, such as PubMed Central, the US
    National Library of Medicine’s full-text repository of life science literature, the
    repositories at the University of Potsdam in Germany, at INIST in France and in
    e-Depot, the National Library of the Netherlands’ digital archive of all electronic
  • Authors are assured that their work is disseminated to the widest possible
    audience. This is accentuated by the authors being free to reproduce and
    distribute their work, for example by placing it on their institution’s website. It
    has been suggested that free online articles are more highly cited because of
    their easier availability.
  • The information available to researchers will not be limited by their library’s
    budget, and the widespread availability of articles will enhance literature
  • The results of publicly funded research will be accessible to all interested
    readers and not just those with access to a library with a subscription. As such,
    Open Access could help to increase public interest in, and support of, research.
    Please note that this public accessibility may become a legal requirement in the
    USA if the proposed Public Access to Science Act is made law
  • A country’s economy will not influence its scientists’ ability to access articles
    because resource-poor countries (and institutions) will be able to read the same
    material as wealthier ones, although creating access to the internet is another

Contentious Blogging Style: The Basic Posting Formats (Series Index)

Filed under: General — Andrew @ 12:55 am

Amy Gahran is putting out a series titled, Blogging Style: The Basic Posting Formats.


More guidelines for linking

Filed under: Web development — Andrew @ 10:20 pm

Lat month I linked to an article with some simple linking advice. Here’s some further guidelines for linking.


The fruits of my labor

Filed under: Baseball — Andrew @ 12:39 am

All those nights poring over baseball stats have finally paid off. I’m #24 on this week’s Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Leaderboard. I don’t know exactly how many total teams are registered in Yahoo Fantasy Baseball, but I have another team that’s not bad and its overall rank is 230,066. I’m figuring that there are over half a million total teams, so having a team rank 24th is quite a feat. Yay for me!! My life is now complete :p.


Metrics Market - Internet Statistics Research and Search Engine Marketing tools

Filed under: Web development — Andrew @ 9:50 pm

Metrics Market has a web traffic estimate tool on their home page. I tend to doubt that the estimates gained through this site are any more accurate than the notoriously unreliable alexa rankings. Regardless, such online tools can be fun to click on now and again.


User agent spoofing made easy

Filed under: Browsers, Web development — Andrew @ 2:20 am

I’ve been checking out a couple online http viewers today that let you specify any user agent string: Rex Swain’s HTTP Viewer and wannaBrowser. These sites are especially handy if you’re developing a spider and want to test to see if sites will block it.

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