Posts Tagged ‘Movies’

Fixed vs. flowing (“liquid”) layouts…

Saturday, November 29th, 2003

For years, there has been a debate on fixed width versus a flowing, liquid layout. Also, during these years, I have been on the liquid layout side of the fence. After considering things, I have decided that fixed is the way to go for gobs of text.

Just like how it is easier to read text split into paragraphs, it is also easier to read (and scan) text which is set to an optimal width. Constraining text to a narrow width allows one to read things quickly, and with ease.

There are other added benefits as well. When the designer of a Web site knows the dimensions of a page, then graphics can be designed to specifically fit in an optimal way. In a liquid layout, images are haphazardly tossed in and the layout control is up to multiple variables. Often, the graphics for these flowing websites are mistakenly placed; not where the author intended.

Therefore, for the above points, I am going to, from now own, recommend a fixed layout for any sort of publication, unless a free-flowing liquid layout makes sense. Above are the reasons why I finally converted my site (by default) to be fixed width. As I do have other components to my site (such as the image gallery), I have designed it in such a way as to utilize the screen real estate for specific pages by calling an alternate CSS id, which, in turn, makes the page take up the maximum area allowed.

As I have had some people in a previous news item state that they like liquid layouts better, I have made an alternate version of my default theme available so that the screen-filling edition of the pages can be seen on every page by default. (Isn’t CSS nifty? *smile*)

While bringing back the theme selector, I have also added my previous default theme to the dropdown form at the side of the page.

Whether to use fixed or flowing layouts depends on the content and audience of the site. I now strongly believe that if the site is a periodical in form (magazine, newspaper, or weblog), then going fixed and thinking about multi-column should be considerations. If it is a utility "web application", then filling up the space as much as possible probably makes the most sense.

The debate itself reminds me of the letterbox versus pan-and-scan argument among movie buffs. In that debate, however, everyone knows that the widescreen letterbox version is better for movies, right? (:

Note: If the layout is messed up (for whatever reason), you can reset it to the default style or change it by using the theme dropdown on the left.

By-the-way: I have a desktop of 1600×1200, but I do not use my browser full screen. I keep it at around 800 pixels wide. It is even at that width on my laptops, which aren’t nearly as hi-resolution, either. Using a browser full-screen at resolutions higher than 1024×768 is a bit silly, really. Either the resolution should be lower or a person using a desktop that large should be multitasking a bit more. (:

Friday celebration

Sunday, November 2nd, 2003

On Friday, in addition to eating too much candy (mmmm… chocolate….), I spent the latter part of the evening in a dark room, staring at a wall for a couple hours with a bunch of complete strangers. Yup! — I went to a the movie theater and watched a recent release.

Being that it was the evening before All Saints Day, I found it fitting to see Luther, a movie based on the life of Martin Luther. It was an interesting film, and I enjoyed watching it. The acting was great and the story was naturally intriguing (at least to me).

After the movie ended, people sat around and talked. I heard exclamations from people, as they liked the movie so much too. Some people were moved to tears and others were flat-out crying. It was a surprisingly large turn out considering the time and date as well. The theater was pretty full, but I did manage to get what I consider to be the best seat in the house — the middle of the middle (and managed to do so with two empty seats on both sides, remarkably enough).

It was a good movie and a great way to spend the night. It was one of the few movies that I feel is worth the $8 to see it in the theater. For most other flicks, waiting for the buck-fifty second-run movie theater is fine. (:

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.

More fun than watching grass grow

Thursday, October 23rd, 2003

Watch different plants grow, dance, and blossom. Time-lapse (stop-motion photography) has been utilized to make these really cool plant movies. It’s fun. It’s educational. It’s neat to watch.

Oh, and it requires QuickTime, for what it’s worth. (But it’s worth it for you to find a box with QuickTime or install it somehow.)

A couple of Carol links

Friday, August 8th, 2003

Carol, from #gimp on irc.gimp.org, pasted a couple of interesting links from Yahoo! into the channel today.

The first is a large, life-size cow, made of butter. Wow. I don’t know what else to say.

The second is a picture of a hummingbird hawk-moth. It almost looks like some sort of genetic labs mixup, and the name seems to complete the illusion of such an event (think Grimlins II, The Fly, or any other Hollywood movie which mixes and matches animals). Of course, it’s just something that naturally looks and acts like the combination of a few different animals. Judging by the photo, it is a pretty neat-looking unique type of moth.

LXG & the Public Domain

Monday, July 7th, 2003

Lawrence Lessig has posted an interesting insight on public domain in action on his website. The blurb is about the use of famous characters in the public domain being recycled to form a new story in the upcoming movie titled "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", based off of a graphic novel (aka: comic book) of the same name.

The Cat in the Hat

Wednesday, June 25th, 2003

Wow. This Thanksgiving day weekend, The Cat in the Hat, the movie is going to premiere. It’s a live-action Dr. Suess movie staring Mike Meyers. It looks to be done in a similar fashion to The Grinch which was released a few years back.