Journal Entries

Harmless Government Cookies Aug 08, 2009

Before deciding to post something here, tonight was a night like most nights. I was getting ready for bed, reading different news items from feeds I've stored on my Google Reader account. While doing so, Sarah asked me if I'd heard or read anything about the federal government's desire to resume using cookies on their websites after being restricted for the last 9 years.

Take Up Your Cross-browser Scripting Dec 05, 2008

I wrote this over a year ago, and have been too reluctant (embarrassed?) to release it. I was going to delete it, and found that I was too weak-willed. So my character flaws have trapped me -- I'm unleashing this so I don't have to think about it anymore. Sorry. -y5

We May Have Gotten Over Ourselves Dec 05, 2008

A few days ago, I was charged with the assignment of helping to gather as much info as we could about a certain blogger, by using only information that was freely available via the web. I was amazed how much we were able to dig up.

Afterwards, I was turned on to a presentation given by private investigator Steve Rambam...

Twitter! Argh!! Nov 25, 2008

In the signup process, Twitter asks for your e-mail address and password, so they can check your contact list for any friends that also use their service. I just couldn't do it. Even with their promises that it wouldn't be abused, I'd have to change my Gmail password anyway.

The Nasty Cold from Heaven Nov 25, 2008

Early last week I was in the Christmas spirit and decided to volunteer at the Salvation Army with a few co-workers. Okay, I really went to change things up a bit, and get out of the office. But I thought it would be nice to serve a little too. Seriously, it wasn't completely selfish.

So I get there, and I think out of the almost 200 people who showed up for help, 80% of them were sick in one way or another. I didn't notice anyone covering his/her mouth or otherwise shielding the rest of the world from whatever they happened to be carrying. I saw this coming, too. Self-sacrificing to the end, I guess.

It's been a long time Nov 25, 2008

I've realized that this just isn't working out. Like so many things, I had huge plans for this blog and made it so prohibitive and cumbersome to post something that I never feel like keeping up with it. But instead of giving up completely (or in addition to it, however you look at it), I'm going to try something new.

AT&T Tech Support Chat Jan 31, 2008

AT&T's online technical support chat sounded great at first, but ended up being a waste of my time.

Review - Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Sep 21, 2007

I know it's been a while since the game was released, but I had to write something after reading too many of the reader-submitted reviews at GameFAQs, and getting the feeling that I really don't belong. I could only read enough reviews rated 8, 9, or 10 before I started to lament the backsliding of the Metroid franchise as well as the passing of time.

If the latest offering by Retro Studios has done nothing else of historical significance, it's drawn a very sharp line between gamers, old and new. Sadly, just as it happens with college and professional sports, I'm reminded of my own age once again.

Thinking Away a Cold Jun 26, 2007

I woke up this morning with a little bit of a sore, congested throat; the same that Sarah had a few days ago and has since metastasized into a full-blown cold. And the same that Stephanie, a close friend of hers from work, stole from Barb, another friend from work, which is probably from whom Sarah picked it up as well.

Instead of taking any precautions, I was my usual cocky self. I know I rarely get sick. Somewhere deep down I must have thought it was a good idea to tempt fate, that I was somehow bigger and more important than all of that.

Adobe's Game of Mao Jun 24, 2007

You may have played Mao, the only card game created with the goal of reducing new players to tears. I don't mean this in a figurative sense, either. I mean real, literal tears which may accompany fighting and card-throwing. Just ask my mom. (On second thought, don't.)

Anyone who knows me knows that I love having a good time at the expense of others. Mao takes it a step further. The game is designed with the idea of forcing someone to learn the arbitrary rules by actively ensuring that they lose, and lose really badly. The sport of Mao isn't really in winning against others who know the rules. It's in crushing the defenseless, penalty card by penalty card.

In a sense, the object of the game is to prevent people from learning how to play the game, for the sole purpose of being able to repeatedly penalize them for not knowing what the hell is going on. Apparently, Adobe's web developers enjoy treating their users with the same level of respect.

DateChooser 2.0 Released Mar 24, 2007

It's taken some time, but I finally worked out some interesting new features in my DateChooser script.

The Web Development Community and Political Ideology Feb 01, 2007

After downloading the Firebug extension for Firefox (a must-have for web development and design), I happened to start reading Joe Hewitt's web journal.

One of his posts lamented how he believes socialism is a disincentive for creativity. Out of curiosity, I read a few of the comments, and I was intrigued at the number of comments by those who lean to the left of center ideologically. A clear majority of the comment posters disagreed with Joe's argument, and a couple of them even quoted icons like Marx and Chomsky.

Wii Friend Codes Dec 01, 2006

I recently purchased a Nintendo Wii, and I'm looking for some friend codes.

Nintendo Takes Sony to School (Economy 101) Nov 20, 2006

I'm an EB employee in Columbus, Ohio, and I helped open the store on Sunday for the Wii launch. I wasn't around for the PS3 launch, but my manager was, and according to him our store has sold one game for the PS3 so far. On the other hand, we've sold at least 30 or 40 Wii games since the Sunday launch. Apparently not many shoppers want to play games for the PS3 (yet), and Sony obviously has eBay to thank for their sales reports.

Convergence: Microsoft, Mozilla, Nintendo and Sony Oct 05, 2006

A realization that everything seems to be coming together at one time, specifically this fall/winter.

Firefox Extension and Project Updates Oct 03, 2006

In preparation for the upcoming Firefox 2 release, I've bumped the version numbers of my extensions. I also made some updates to the DateChooser library.

Why I Use HTML 4.01 Strict Sep 25, 2006

A couple days ago, Surfin’ Safari posted a guide on understanding HTML, XML and XHTML, in which they recommend against using XHTML for a few reasons.

Empty POST requests and IE7 Sep 22, 2006

I experienced a serious issue having to do with POST requests, and the only browser that seemed to be affected was IE7 RC.

Server-side Text Linkification with PHP Sep 14, 2006

I ported the javascript logic from Linkification to a server-side PHP function.

Doomsday Aug 23, 2006

The obligatory first blog post.