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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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