Archive for the ‘blogging’ Category

woodsy owl

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

I seem to have pretty good luck getting stories and comments onto Boing Boing (three or four at this point). Here’s the latest:

Government guide to destroying old Woodsy Owl costumes

Regarding the destruction of the Woodsy Owl costumes I can think of two possible reasons:

  • A terrorist might obtain a Woodsy Owl costume, then masquerade as a government official to access restricted areas before detonating himself.
  • An adult film performer might obtain a Woodsy Owl costume and use it to produce child pornography.

You can never be too careful.

fired for stealing from my blog

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Someone writing for The Harvard Crimson was fired for stealing from my blog Literally, A Web Log.

Surely this is a measure of success.

user interface blast from the past

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Updating my portfolio I was going through some screenshots of an old web app I made for the HP intranet. At the time I don’t think I realized that I was creating a “blog” – just making something that we needed (and I got to learn a lot about PHP and MySQL in the process).


Screencast: Judge a Web App By Its Title

Thursday, April 6th, 2006
You're Killing Me Here!

The second episode of “You’re Killing Me Here!” (usability and design screencast series) discusses various uses of the page title (HTML TITLE element): in particular how you can use it to communicate with users of your web application.

View the Screencast (2.5 minutes)

They like me, they really really like me

Thursday, March 30th, 2006


Dang – my CSS tutorial has owned the popular page since last night. I guess I really pegged the market on that one.

Update: also has over 1200 diggs, including this nice comment:

This tut explained in about 5 minutes what hours of browsing other documentation failed to get thru to me.

You’re Killing Me Here! Web Usability Screencast

Friday, March 24th, 2006
You're Killing Me Here!

Introducing “You’re Killing Me Here!” a series of screencasts discussing web site and web application design, accessibility, and usability from the perspective of a power-user.

The first episode discusses “type ahead find” in the Firefox browser and the design implications that come along with it.

View the Screencast

Hiding my del.ici.ous links

Sunday, March 19th, 2006
Licking lips

I decided I didn’t want my del.ici.ous links fouling up my blog stream, so I hacked WordPress so it wouldn’t show posts tagged with mybookmarks unless you display the category page for that tag.

I still want to have post my daily bookmarks, because then I have an archive, plus it gives a little Google-juice to the bookmarked sites (and in the end that makes the web a better place, search-spammers notwithstanding).

After determining the Id of that category, here’s the code I added to skip it:

<?php if (in_category('57')) { continue; } ?>

Three things to change about the default Wordpress template

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006
  • links in article text are not underlined
  • text-align:justify
  • article archive pages lose the sidebar. every page of your blog is an entry point, so why eliminate the sidebar when someone enters via an individual article archive page.