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Suffering from chronic idiocy since 1977

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Asian Persuasion

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

book coverUPDATE: It seems there’s also a book based on this series of arti­cles (“CSS Analy­sis”) titled “CSS Pro­fes­sional Style” (thanks Toru). I’ve placed an order, but I’m not sure if the SB arti­cle is in the book… the SB arti­cle is indeed in the book, thanks again to Toru for the con­fir­ma­tion…

Let’s turn back the clock a lit­tle, shall we? And I do mean a lit­tle: Feb­ru­ary 2005 to be exact. Appar­ently, thanks to a few Minty-fresh refer­rer links, I’ve dis­cov­ered that the late-2004/most of 2005 design of SB was fea­tured in the Feb­ru­ary 2005 issue of Japan’s Web Design­ing mag­a­zine, in an arti­cle about XHTML/CSS. In fact, from the screen shots scans that I was sent (and now can’t find… grr… found them!) the entire arti­cle was about SB.

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Word of the Day

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Super­flu­ous.

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SxSW 2006 Day 5

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

The fifth and final day of my inau­gural SxSW expe­ri­ence started, well, late. After return­ing to my hotel the night before (well, ear­lier that morn­ing to be more accu­rate) I had all inten­tions of wak­ing up at 9am Tues­day, but appar­ently I was sleep­ing heav­ily enough to ignore a nuke going off next to my head…

Soooo, after get­ting to the Con­ven­tion Cen­ter around lunch time, and hang­ing out with other tired folks in the hall­way, my first panel of the last day was Dogma Free Design (yes, the 3:30pm panel… oh hush…). I had been look­ing for­ward to this panel, but I was let down — there was a lot of talk about “check­lists” and how to deal with large orga­ni­za­tions’ propen­sity to require (nay, indulge in) mounds of unnec­es­sary (use­less?) paper­work, excel spread­sheets, etc. Not that the sub­ject mat­ter wasn’t impor­tant to a cer­tain seg­ment of the audi­ence, but I think the title and descrip­tion of the panel were mis­lead­ing. Mov­ing on…
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SxSW 2006 Day 4

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

Mon­day morn­ing was actu­ally more like Mon­day after­noon after my 6:30am return to L’Auberge De Welles­ley, so I missed the first few pan­els (which was unfor­tu­nate, since I really wanted to attend CSS Prob­lem Solv­ing and Micro­for­mats: Evolv­ing The Web, but as it turns out I didn’t miss much: the gen­eral con­sen­sus seems to be that the CSS panel was a mix­ture of bor­ing and not use­ful, and that Micro­for­mats are an inter­est­ing idea that just doesn’t seem to have a lot of prac­ti­cal use out­side of the blog­ging uni­verse at this point in time… I’ll def­i­nitely be keep­ing an eye on those guys though).
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SxSW 2006 Day 3

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

Sun­day, aside from the after­math of a fun Sat­ur­day night which caused me to miss the first two pan­els (whoops), started out with Dave, Cameron, Kelly and Brian’s Demys­ti­fy­ing the Mobile Web (per­sonal points of inter­est include: there are approx­i­mately 200 dif­fer­ent mobile units ship­ping in the US mar­ket alone; over 40 dif­fer­ent browser types/versions; mobile ver­sions of XHTML/CSS have a decent amount of sup­port).
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