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Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977

Archive for 2004


In Silence, Reverent

Monday, December 20th, 2004

It has been a few months since I quietly released the redesign of this site, and due to personal commitments, new business prospects, and the menagerie of organizations I’m involved in that require my time (my life seems to be an exercise in burning the proverbial candle), I made nary a mention of it, nor did I produce even the slightest write-up about my reasons for the redesign, insight into selected portions of the process, or anything else of interest. I still want to do that, but not just yet, there are other things brewing that should be noted first.




And The Weather Is Beautiful

Monday, October 4th, 2004

There are times when living in the tropical paradise/hurricane target range that is South Florida can be quite nice, and today I’m basking in one of those times.

I’m writing this as I sit on the front porch, in very comfortable 86 degree not-too-humid weather. A soft breeze is blowing through the trees, and I have just enough shade to keep the sun out of my eyes and easily view my LCD screen. This is the perfect distraction-free environment for writing, which is my task this afternoon.



It’s Your Responsibility To die()

Friday, September 24th, 2004

No, this isn’t a morbid entry, a cry for help, or a political jab at the “civilized” nations who won’t do squat to help the doomed hostages in Iraq (sorry, had to slip that one in there). It’s actually a quote from the PHP documentation for custom error handling. Specifically:

Also note that it is your responsibility to die() if necessary.”

A little creative writing never hurt anyone, well, except perhaps in this instance…


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Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

tree broken in half by hurricane frances

This is just one of the trees brought down by Frances over the weekend. It took down a power line as well, thus our entire block is without power (still) and will likely remain that way for the next few days (I’m currently posting from Starbucks, which is kindly offering free wireless access for the time being).

I’ll have some more photos soon, but I was able to take a few small videos during the first feeder bands of the storm, so if you are on a high speed connection, go ahead and give them a whirl:

We’re thankful no one was injured, and other than the trees we suffered no property damage either. We count ourselves lucky, however Hurricane Ivan lurks on the horizon, so our shutters will remain in place for the time being…


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Hurricane Frances Ain’t No Sissy

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

In case I’ve ever referred to “Frances” as a “girl’s name” upon hearing about a guy whose parents thought otherwise, I would just like it to be known, for the record, that I no longer possess that opinion.

Wishing Paul good luck on the West coast, and hoping for good fortune here on the East, in the middle of the currently projected path…

Unrelated News

All has not been quiet on the Southeastern front: check out the sidebar under “Recently Completed” for a few newly-launched projects that have been taking up various chunks of my time in recent months. More to come soon in the “projects for clients” category, as well as the promised SB redesign (coding it in all my free time) and the long-overdue Webgraph site.


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