Archive for February, 2010

validating myself

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Excepting the blog, my site now adheres to the XHTML 1.0 Strict standard.

Pages on this site that pass the standard bear the w3c logo at the bottom.

I will see about getting the blog up to snuff, but since I’m using WordPress, it involves a bit more digging around.

blog. updated.

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

I bit the bullet and created a theme for this blog so that it finally fits in with the rest of the site. Other than how it looks, which is, of course, hideous, I hope you like it.

site. updated.

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

The blog doesn’t look any different, but my site does. The content hasn’t changed but I updated the look and style to bring it up to the standards of modern web browsing. You know, cuz that’s what I do for a living, and I suppose my site should reflect something or other about my mad skillz.

Yes, it still looks hideous. But the way it looks hideous is so much more elegant, and that’s what matters. Style is everything.

Someday I’d like to translate that hideousness over to this blog, but writing css for WordPress is a bit daunting. Until then, let your eyes be grateful for my laziness.

Anyway, please let me know if things are out of whack (you may need to do a [ctrl]+F5 to clear your cache) and I will whack ‘em back in, post-haste.


Thursday, February 18th, 2010

12:43. When I ran track in high school, that was my best 2-mile time. I don’t know why I remember that number. It’s not very good for a serious runner; I never even broke the 12:00 barrier. But it was my personal best, on a cool day on a brand new track. The conditions couldn’t have been better, and for an undisciplined athlete, I think it’s not a bad time.

On Sunday, after buying a pair of running shoes, I ran 10.75 miles in 1 hour, 39 minutes and change, which works out to around 9 minutes 15 seconds per mile. I’m a little disappointed with my pace, but I don’t think I’ve ever run that far. Apparently I’ve begun training for a marathon.

One day I want to take that skinny little high school kid to task. I may be 50 pounds heavier but what I’ve gained in weight I’ve also gained in discipline and drive. 12:43 will not stand.

on the calendar? maybe

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

The San Diego Rock & Roll Marathon is on June 6. I marked the calendar with a bunch of question marks.

Do I really want to do this?

it has nothing to do with that other guy

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

One of the blogs I follow is that of the Fat Cyclist.

Apparently he got the running bug and just ran a marathon.

I just want to state, for the record, that my running kick has absolutely nothing to do with Fatty’s. Nothing.

It’s just a coincidence, and let’s leave it at that.

Yesterday I ran 5.7 miles during my lunch break at work. Today I ran the same loop. I’m a little stiff but more distressing is that I have a blister.

Perhaps I need to take things a little more slowly. Perhaps I need a better pair of shoes. Incidentally, my knee problem is completely gone now that I’m running in a different pair of crappy sneakers than I started out with.

When I rode my first cycling century, I was putting in around 120 miles of cycling a week without any soreness or other adverse effects. If I carry that over to running, then it seems sensible that if I can run 30 miles a week without any soreness, blisters, or other physical malady, then I can run a marathon. Right?

I need to toughen up my feet.

i do not like flash, sam i am

Monday, February 1st, 2010

As a web developer, I have always despised Flash. I’ve never really been able to fully articulate exactly why, but here are some basic reasons:

  • Flash files can be large and can take long to load
  • Flash files are difficult to edit without the right (and costly) software
  • Flash files require the Flash plugin, which is a potential security hole and therefore can’t be assumed to be on every user’s web browser
  • Since I can’t assume that everyone has Flash, I have to figure out a way to rewrite the Flash content so that it complies with HTML standards

My basic issue with Flash is that it makes it a lot more difficult to maintain a website. This is more of a personal bias against Flash than anything else, but I just finished reading this blog post which decries Flash for not adhering to basic HTML standards. Well spoken, good sir.