Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bad Web Design, No Donut!

So I was looking at the lyrics for Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown album, and each song links to a separate domain, like for "Know Your Enemy".

This seems overconsumptive and stupid. American Idiotic, even.


Updated to add: This apparently is my day to stumble over horrible web design. I was reading this Inside Higher Ed article mocking (former Bush chair of the Council on Bioethics) Leon Kass and I wanted to look up "apodictally", so I tried to highlight it, and seemed to fail. It turns out someone decided that the Inside Higher Ed style sheets should make highlighting merely change the color of the text from black to blue-so-dark-it's-almost-indistinguishable-from-black. Perhaps highlighting in a useful (read: visible) fashion is for Lower Ed.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Jesse Ventura vs. Dick Cheney

More evidence -- as if we actually needed any -- that torture is not a partisan issue, except in the minds of idiot and/or evil right-wingers: Jesse Ventura vs. Dick Cheney.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What? I've read all the Hugo Nominee Novels? That Can't be Right

I think this is the first year in which I've read all Hugo nominee novels before the convention at which they are awarded.

(Were I voting, I'd go with Anathem. Although that young Charlie Stross surely deserves something after having been nominated <N> times without winning, Saturn's Children is not my favorite of his works.)

Friday, May 15, 2009

A Feature that Windows really Should Add

I have a Windows box for work. I don't log out of it very often. I am really kinesthetically oriented for icons and window placement etc. So when a program crashes (damn you, Firefox 3.0.9 and 3.0.10, for being flakier than 3.0.8 and earlier!), I tend to quit all the programs that have taskbar icons to the right of that program, so I can end up with the "right" taskbar arrangement after restarting everything.

A few days ago, my boss pointed me at Taskbar Shuffle, which (without even needing a reboot!) allows you to rearrange your taskbar. Hallelujah.

<rhetorical>Why doesn't Windows come with this feature?</rhetorical>

Friday, May 08, 2009

Anyone Want a Michael Whelan Book?

Anyone local (near me) want a slightly cat-chewed version of The Art of Michael Whelan? (The cat-chewing is on the top of the spine; the contents are fine.) For some reason I've had two copies of this for years.