I'm doing some experiments with CSS on this webpage, partly just for my own edification since I've avoided CSS for so long, so let me know if you have any problems viewing it. (I don't expect any since it's pretty basic stuff, and I'm validating it all.) I'd resisted CSS due to a perception that it was wacky stuff that wouldn't work reliably in different browsers, but further research has led me to believe that time is past, especially if one avoids the dark obscure corners of CSS. This page is also HTML 4.01 (strict instead of transitional). I have some ideas for more interesting and obviously visible enhancements to the RussCon pages in the future. In my copious spare time.
I'm amused that wired.com redid their website a week ago to use XHTML and made a big deal about the benefits of XHTML (rightly so, as XHTML fixes many of the inconsistencies and hacks in HTML), but many of their own pages have XHTML syntax errors. I guess amid all the talk about the benefits of standard valid XHTML it didn't occur to them to validate their own pages. I emailed them about this irony; I'll be curious to see if they start validating their pages or if their front page is valid by the time you see this link. (Some errors I saw yesterday there are gone now, but then their front page content is always changing anyway.) A common mistake seems to be writing & instead of & in source. Unclosed and misnested tags are common too. Browsers are so big and bloated partly due to trying to handle and recover from ill-formed HTML. The problem of bad code is of course hardly unique to the wired site... I've become interested in HTML syntax and validation and browser issues over the past few months and it amazes me how few websites seem to care about having valid HTML (and then wonder why their pages don't work in some browers). Oh well, it also amazes me how many C/C++ programs don't compile without warnings either, or have serious bugs like memory leaks and use of uninitialized variables that would have been easily caught by running lint on the code...
A reminder that there are 2 more weeks of the Dovzhenko silent film series at the Alamo for free at 7pm on Tuesday nights. (It's extended a week probably to show the one that was cancelled 2 Tuesdays ago due to a Fedex shipping problem.)
|Exxtra||6||William 5 Ben 2 JP 2 MarkY -1 BradS -3 Martha -5|
|PuertoRico||5||Daniel 4 RussW 2 Dan 0 Zack -2 Clayton -4|
|ZirkusFlohcati||3||JeffF 2 Dawn 0 RussD -2|
|PuertoRico||5||Matt 4 DaveE 2 JimG 0 JonathanC -2 Whindy -4|
|Settlers||3||BradS 2 Fina -1 Martha -1|
|ZirkusFlohcati||5||DaveE 4 JimG 2 Matt 0 JonathanC -2 Whindy -4|
|Carcassonne||3||RussD 2 Clayton 0 RussW -2|
|Drunter&Drueber||4||Whindy 3 Martha 1 BradS -2 Matt -2|
|Tichu||2||( MarkY Ben ) 1 ( JP William ) -1|
|LordOfTheRings||2||JeffF 1 ( Zack Daniel Dan ) -1|
|Cloud9||3||Matt 2 Ben 0 Whindy -2|
|Cloud9||3||Matt 2 Ben 0 Whindy -2|
|Cosmic||4||DaveE 3 JonathanC 1 William -2 RussD -2|
|WordThief||3||Matt 2 Daniel 0 Ben -2|
|Tichu||2||( Dan JeffF ) 1 ( Zack Whindy ) -1|
|Bluff||3||Matt 2 DaveE 0 Daniel -2|
|PuertoRico||5||JimG 4 PJ 2 MarkY 0 RussW -2 JP -4|
3 games of Puerto Rico in one evening ... truly it is the hot new RussCon game! The final game ended up surprisingly close. JimG finished with 45, then PJ and MarkY (both newbies!) tied with 44 points (and PJ won the tiebreaker), then I had 43... but JP trailed far behind with 30something. PJ, JP, and MarkY are all famous agonizers, so this was a long game, too...
RussD soundly trounced me and Clayton in Carcassonne.
There were 2 Cloud9 games recorded... so I took it at face value. Let me know if that was really the same game.
Marillion, Clutching at Straws
A Fistful of Dollars, Music composed and conducted by Ennio Morricone
Sinéad O'Connor, I do not want what I haven't got.
Scavengers in the Matrix
U2, The Joshua Tree
I tried to grab another meta theme, but I still haven't found what I'm looking for.
a fistful of fingers