Archive for October, 2003

Brain itch? It may be an earworm!

Friday, October 31st, 2003

Killer earworms are best explained as those songs that get stuck in your head and keep repeating over and over. The BBC has more to say on the topic and is also aliasing it as a "brain itch".

The first link has a list of songs that, when read, may trigger your own little personal earworm. There is some interesting stuff about Mozart in the second story however. (:

When Zombies Attack

Friday, October 31st, 2003

An NPR news item tells you what to do when zombies attack. It’s a Talk of the Nation segment. It’s pretty silly — they’re acting so serious, like it is a normal segment.

You’ll need RealPlayer or Windows Media Player. (The link is brought to you by my friend Allea. Hi Allea!)

Eat a clone

Friday, October 31st, 2003

The FDA now considers cloned animals "safe to eat". Ick.

New Mozilla website!

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

Mozilla.org is getting yet another website redesign. This new one looks really nice, and is a progression from what is currently on the site. It is a cleaner, leaner version which works well with a nice flow. It is a big leap from the original design or one of the intermediate versions.

The site is valid HTML 4.01 strict and heavily utilizes CSS, much like Fedora’s website.

I designed the Fedora site with 4.01 strict in mind as making sure everything would be valid XHTML quickly, especially with legacy documents and many different contributors would have been painstakingly difficult. I did make sure that it validated (right now, the problem is encoding, but I assure you that it works fine internally — somehow the document encoding got messed up on the public-facing site; I’m hoping that it will be fixed soonish), at least on my end of the design and implementation. Using CSS for the presentation was a no-brainer. CSS is great. (:

I’m guessing the legacy pages and multiple contributor factors weighed in with the decision to go with 4.01 strict versus XHTML * for Mozilla.org too. When you choose XHTML, you’re choosing XML, and your pages should really be well-formed. XML parsers often show no mercy.

Speaking of designs and redesigns, I really need to update my very own website’s look sometime again too…

War of the Worlds

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

Tonight marks the 65th anniversary of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds radio broadcast based on the book by H. G. Wells. Many people thought it was the real thing, something the broadcast has been known for.

I actually heard the broadcast in my seventh grade social studies class in middle school, and I believe we heard it on this precise date, many years ago, in celebration of the anniversary.

You can read the text of the book, view the radio script, or check out the movie stats.

Photos: Return to South of the Border

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

The light was nice and I had my camera with me… so this past time I drove up I-95, I stopped at South of the Border and took a few pictures of the colorful, wacky place.

View all of Return to South of the Border.

Satellite view of the fires in California

Tuesday, October 28th, 2003

Check out this satellite view of the fires in California. Hopefully things will return to normal over there sometime soon. Keep your thoughts and prayers with the people living over there in the area.

Update: NASA has a very large, detailed satellite photo of the fires.