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June 17th, 2005
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Website updated
So this morning I actually updated my website. Really only the page about how I've been spending my time and the page of books I've read, but it's something anyway. I was surprised to realize I hadn't updated it for four months, and I found myself putting links back to this journal for my reports on Minicon and Penguicon.

Oh, and I really am writing a Wiscon report. Really.

I don't know if I mentioned that my ankle is sprained. It doesn't seem to be getting better and I'm waiting for results from x-rays I got on Wednesday.

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From:matt_arnold
Date:June 17th, 2005 11:46 am (UTC)
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Oops! You want read_books, not books_read.
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From:netmouse
Date:June 17th, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)
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oops! thanks. It's funny, I feel like I must have read more than that this year, but I haven't. Of course, I'm in the middle of 5 or 6 books right now. Oh, and I forgot to put Blink on there. I'll do that when I get home.
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From:matt_arnold
Date:June 17th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
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Do you use any software for web development? So far I've only ever used the Geocities in-browser editor with preview function, but I've been downloading some open source alternatives to Dreamweaver to try instead. I can't decide which one.
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From:netmouse
Date:June 17th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
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For the most part I edit html, xml, etc by hand. I've never used a WYSIWYG editor. html is easy. Here is all the examples you need to get started.

Dreamweaver and other such editors work, but they create lousy code. And they add more lousy code every time you open the file.

The software I currently use at home is just the editplus text editor - the better text editor for the mac is BBedit. That's a bit of a development platform and will color code html for you and has colorwheels, menu-select html code instertion and other tools.

At work I've started to transition into using Eclipse, which seems like a decent development platform that a lot of different types of projects are writing plug-ins for. You can set it up to work with apache and sql servers, which is nice. I'd install it at home but my hard drive is loaded. I need to work on that and/or get a new computer.

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From:netmouse
Date:June 17th, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
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(note that I wrote that page ages ago and the new standards, style sheets and xml etc. are not covered by it. And yet it is still sufficient for most of what people want to do. The new standards are mostly really nice for layout formating, though, so I bet you'd prefer to use styles than the old limited methods.)
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From:matt_arnold
Date:June 17th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
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I learned HTML when I got my Geocities site. You're right, it is easy. But I love Cascading Style Sheets even more. The past couple of weeks I've been improving my CSS skillz while building my Science Fiction page and recently it's become really fancy. Take a look at the masthead and the handcrafted pullquotes!
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From:bjorng
Date:June 17th, 2005 01:15 pm (UTC)
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That picture of you and Neil on your "news" page is very good.
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From:netmouse
Date:June 17th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
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You're right. Another correction to make when I get home.

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From:yix
Date:June 17th, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
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It's been a while since I've looked at your site...so I don't remember if I've told you this before, but...the Springbok puzzles are, perhaps, the best made puzzles I've ever done. The pieces fit together and can be moved together easily, plus, there is no pattern to the puzzle piece configuration.

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