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Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Suffering from chronic idiocy since 1977

Archive for December, 2002

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1000 Journals

Thursday, December 26th, 2002

928 is now my favorite num­ber in the uni­verse. After many months of wait­ing, I’ve finally man­aged to get myself signed up for one of the jour­nals in the 1000 Jour­nals Project. It might be a while before I see it (read: months) but I’m just happy that I will get to con­tribute to this faci­nat­ing project, and leave my cre­ative mark on the pages of #928.

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SmartyText

Friday, December 20th, 2002

Dar­ing Fire­ball Projects: Smar­ty­Pants is a really cool plu­gin for Mov­able­Type, the CMS that dri­ves this site. The pur­pose of this plu­gin is to con­vert cer­tain stan­dard ASCII items — straight quotes for instance — into their typographically-correct HTML-encoded equiv­e­lents. It also works won­ders on dou­ble dashes (con­vert­ing them to proper em dashes), and turns triple dots into true ellip­sis — or is that ellipsi…

I give this plu­gin a ‘10’ on a scale of 1 to 9″ said a super­flu­ous ban­ter reader who wishes to remain anony­mous (for obvi­ous reasons…).

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37MovableType

Wednesday, December 18th, 2002

Thanks to com­ments regard­ing the recent XHTML redesign of 37signals’ Sig­nal vs. Noise, I have dis­cov­ered that I can’t read!

Appar­ently, all this time the won­der­ful CMS that I’m using to power this site is actu­ally called Mov­able­Type, not Moveable­Type as I’ve been ref­er­enc­ing it until today.

I feel sud­denly awakened.

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Merry X-Mas

Saturday, December 14th, 2002

You may already be aware that I make the learn­ing tapes for my cho­rus, as learn­ing aids they are won­der­ful, and they speed the mem­o­riza­tion process. Well, my favorite one yet (it’s fun singing with your­self :-) hap­pens to be Deck The Halls, so I am going to share it with you for the holidays:

DeckTheHalls.mp3

Please let me know what you think — I’m not above accept­ing ego-boosting praise, nor will con­struc­tive crit­i­cism fall upon deaf ears. I think you’ll like it though, and I get a lit­tle giddy each time I lis­ten to it; there’s really noth­ing like lay­er­ing 7 parts together your­self and hear­ing the final result come together so per­fectly (pro­duced on low-end home equip­ment, no less).

Enjoy! And please, share it with oth­ers (or at least, share a link back to this site).

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one word

Friday, December 13th, 2002

alone

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