Month: August 2002

World Summit

I’ve been following the coverage of this sporadically, but it doesn’t seem to be going too well at the moment. According to BBC News: Crisis looms over world summit.

The US Bush Administration is, once again, looking for a way to get away with doing what they like. The arrogance of this attitude angers many, including a large number of US citizens, but, and this is kind of childish, I just get the feeling that the US Bush Administration is basically thumbing it’s nose at the rest of the world. The message: “We’re bigger than you and we will do what we want, nah nah na na nah”.

Add to this the lack of discussion on the key issue of climate change (think recent floods, droughts etc) and you have to wonder if the summit will acheive anything of note. Too many politicians involved I think. I don’t necessarily mean those with government affliations, but those people who represent a whole variety of government, social, and environmental groups and are busy making sure that there position isn’t compromised too much. Add to that the plethora of businessmen in there (who undoubtedly have their companies best interests in mind) and we get a curious clash of cultures.

More from Greenpeace.
Friends of the Earth.
US defends it’s record.

*Post edited as per Ann Marie’s comment. Sincerest apologies (damn yank… 😉 )

File sharing

MP3s, the RIAA, Napster, Kazaa, illegal downloads. Ring any bells?

Puddle of Mudd, Coldplay. Ring any bells?

The connection is simple. I have downloaded both albums in MP3 format. I didn’t own the albums. I do now, on the strength of the tracks I downloaded.

File sharing good.

Another view point.

Birthday Pressie

OK, so my birthday’s not for a couple of months yet (October) but should any kind soul out there want to grace me with a pressie (other than something from my wish list), then may I suggest Lapvantage Dome Deluxe.

Just the one please.

Thanks.

My back and posture will be forever in your debt… ohh you might have to pay a little extra to get it shipped across here though…

Ambrose Bierce

The Devil’s Dictionary offers “The most irreverent and sardonic definitions of common terms this side of the inferno.”

Favourite entries (so far):
OMEN, n. A sign that something will happen if nothing happens.
VOTE, n. The instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
ACADEME, n. An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
ACADEMY, n. [from ACADEME] A modern school where football is taught.
PAIN, n. An uncomfortable frame of mind that may have a physical basis in something that is being done to the body, or may be purely mental, caused by the good fortune of another.
NONSENSE, n. The objections that are urged against this excellent dictionary.

Quote

For the purposes of life and conduct, and society, a little good sense is surely better than all this genius, and a little good humour than this extreme sensibility. – David Hume

Backtracking

HTML Design: If you are aware of the movement towards CSS and away from tables and frames for site structure, read on. If you don’t, I would skip this.

A List Apart and WaSP. Two sites campaigning for the same thing, a move towards acceptance of the standard (as defined by the W3) CSS and XHTML definitions.

The suggestion was that browser makers would try and implement proper support, and we (the designers for want of a better term) would follow and code our sites in nicely degrading XHTML and CSS. So if you used an older browser, you can still access site content without any major issues.

The main man, or one of them, behind this push is Zeldman. A legend in his own living room. Today he posted a suggestion on his own personal site. The suggestion being that “transitional XHTML layouts that include some table-driven formatting feel more and more like a reasonable choice”. He eloquently states his reasons, none of this is his desire, or by his design, and I have to say I agree with him. But is he backtracking? Are we all slaves to the browser makers?

This isn’t an attack on Jeffery Zeldman, on the contrary, I sympathise greatly. As he states, he is being driven to a ‘reasonable choice’ rather than a desirable one.

The last estimate I saw stated that there were around 500,000 blogs. That’s a helluva large petition if you ask me. If I had the energy I would start a campaign. Gimme a few hours though…

Full Report by Zeldman – explains why he came to this decision.

Darwin Magazine

Yet another article about Blogs. Yet another article that doesn’t really say much but regurgitate what is happening and where it might lead (company blogs, journalism usage etc etc) nothing radical here.

It does mention a course being run at Berkeley where the students will produce a blog about intellectual property, and where you can find an excellent resource list.

Whether you are new to blogging, or an experienced blogger, I suggest you check it out, some very interesting stuff there which should keep you occupied for days.