Archive for the ‘General’ Category


Friday, September 15th, 2006

Despite my bad experience at the Apple store, I went ahead and placed an online order for an iMac, so I guess my wife is officially “switched”. According to their return policy, since I customized the order by adding additional RAM, I cannot return it, so I hope she likes it.

How not to do RSS

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Lifehacker posted a question about duplicate entries in an RSS feed so I looked into it, and the feed in question attaches a different tracking id to the item’s link and guid, each time the feed is fetched.

Brilliant! Google Reader assumes it’s a new entry and you get duplicates.

I’m using SharpReader and it seems to detect stuff like that (that is: it doesn’t trust the RSS data to be correct)… I’m not sure how I feel about that, but at least I’m not getting duplicates.

(via Scripting News)

Playground plans

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

Here’s what I’ll be doing this summer.

This will sit in the backyard – here’s a view:

Landscape - Back Panorama

The following book kicks ass and has all the information you’ll need to build your own: Build a Kid’s Play Yard

Lauren and the bubble

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Lauren and the bubble

Projects page update

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

I updated the BarelyFitz Designs Projects page with an interactive interface written with unobtrusive JavaScript: you can view projects by category or use the search interface.

clarified due to the optical representation and more easily understandably

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
CSS positioning

I noticed the following review of my CSS positioning tutorial on a German website, here it is translated back into English:

CSS offers innumerable possibilities to Web presentations the suitable layout to miss. One of the most frequent problems which thereby again and again crystallized out, is the positioning of elements. Who does not take itself thus the time CSS in detail to understand, on the side of Patrick Fitzgerald a Tutorial offered to that. This places all possible characteristics of positioned elements in 10 steps. Result: Difference to other Tutorials is that the respective characteristic is clarified by means of an application of examples and not only simply the source code is pointed out. Thus above all the differences of the different positioning possibilities are clarified due to the optical representation and more easily understandably (static, relative, absolute, etc.). Not only for beginner a very recommendable small Tutorial. In order to be able to offer to beginners within the range weaving and pool of broadcasting corporations a larger selection, further link references to CSS Tutorials are naturally gladly seen, itself with the positioning of elements.

Oh what tangled webs we weave…

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Because I didn’t want to foul up the namespace in my JavaScript tabber, I attached the tabber object directly to the DOM element it was controlling, then I had to add several “pointers” back and forth between the object and various DOM elements so they could get to each other without relying on any variables. When you look at it like this, it seems rather complicated:

Tabber diagram

I wonder if there are any issues with “memory leaks” due to IE’s faulty garbage collection… let me know if you notice anything.

Update: Hold the presses, I found a few more links. Some of these pointers are not used except when creating new elements to add into the DOM, so I can probably just switch those to use local variables. It shouldn’t matter, but with IE’s faulty garbage collection, who knows if it might cause problems.

Tabber diagram 2

Update :o h good god, the squiggly lines have taken over!


Funny Baby T-shirts

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

This store has some funny messages on its baby t-shirts:

A Change is Coming
Daddy Needs a Nap
Designated Driver
Did I Get Any On You
Does This Diaper Make My Butt Look Big
I Suck
Milk Junkie
Mommy Needs a Drink
Mommy Needs a Nap
Oops, I Crapped My Pants
Pull My Finger
Refuse to Snooze
Show Me Your Boobies
Thanks for the Mammaries
You Gonna’ Eat That?

I especially liked Oops, I Crapped My Pants.

Via Parent Hacks.