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Monday, April 14th, 2008

No CSS Reboot This Year

Monday, May 1st, 2006

It’s been a year since I updated my site theme to Rhapsody in Blue, a change that coincided with CSS Reboot. There will be no Reboot this year, although sometime between now and the end of May, I do plan to make some changes to the site – not enough to classify as a reboot, [...]

My Attic Runneth Over

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Robert Nagle posts a screenshot of his WordPress admin page showing all his unfinished draft posts. Me too:

I don’t have as many, but then I haven’t been accumulating them as long. Every now and then I go in and delete the posts I know I’m just never going to get around to finishing, and the [...]

Why Does This Site Suddenly Look So Bad?

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

There’s this thing going on called CSS Naked Day in which sites are supposed to turn off their Cascading Style Sheets all day today, April 5. It’s supposed to promote web standards, although I don’t see how in the world it does that. It does, however, seem to promote an awareness that CSS is the [...]

It’s National Poetry Month!

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

It has also been one year, one full year, since I converted this web site to full-time weblog format. If you remember, I posted one poem every day during National Poetry Month. Relax, relax, I’m not going to do that again this year. It was just an exercise to get me in the habit of [...]

What’s Popular?

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

According to Measure Map (which was recently gobbled by Google), these are the five most popular posts at

Aerial Sightseeing Around Texas: the Battleship and the Monument
April 9th, 2005
542 visits

Houston Hybrid
July 23, 2005
482 visits

July 4, 2005
377 visits

Google, Microsoft, and the USGS
April 8th, 2005
322 visits

Sue and the Monster
July 13, 2005
316 visits

How strange. How very strange.

The Blog is Back

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

My hosting provider,, is moving to a new data center, and upgraded its servers over the weekend. Most of the databases had problems, and some of the older ones, including mine, were corrupted. As a result of the database problems, all of the weblogs I host were down most of the day yesterday, and [...]


Monday, January 23rd, 2006

Cubesoft, my hosting provider, recently moved its services to a new data center and a new server. Their new setup sounds like it will be more reliable in the long run. However, the server migration caused some trouble with my photo gallery scripts, and the sysadmin had to disable my site temporarily. The photo pages [...]

Measure Map Alpha

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

Back in November, I wrote about how I had been waiting to get an invitation to join Measure Map, a site dedicated to tracking weblog statistics (in the mean time, I had been invited to join Googe Analytics, a site to track general web site statistics). This afternoon I finally got the Measure Map invitation; [...]

CSS Hint of the Day

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

This is the code I use to keep the sidebar (the narrow column at the right) from printing:
@media print
#sidebar { display: none; }
The “@media print” qualifier specifies that the enclosed style applies only when printing. The “display: none” turns off display of the element named #sidebar. It’s that simple.

Too Many Pages Need a Diet

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

The web page that’s too wide to print is one of my prime gripes. The most irritating pages are those that look like they’ll print, but when you get the paper off the printer, the words are clipped at the rightmost edge. The cause often seems to have one of two causes: fixed-width page where [...]

Blog Strangeness

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

I went to this afternoon to follow a link I had stored there, and instead of the usual WordPress page, I got the following error:
Warning: main(./wp-blog-header.php): failed to open stream:
Permission denied in /…/wp/index.php on line 4
A little investigation reveals that the file wp-blog-header.php, along with a handful of others, had strangely had its permissions [...]