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Aug. 5th, 2013

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Kicking this a bit just for fun. Please ignore.

Formality

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I've finally deactivated my LJ payments, meaning after a number of  years I'm reverting to the free LJ service. LJ was great in its hey-day, and I'm glad to have monetarilly supported it. But it's old in the tooth now, and just not keeping up. And I'm not using it anywhere near as much as I used to.

This may be related to me also deleting Facebook from my daily-bookmark folder. I think I might finally be old enough and cranky enough to be getting internet fatigue. *sigh* Damn kids with their rubies and pythons and nosqls.

internet powers, activate!

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I don't normally do these things, but this was re-posted by someone I trust.
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Originally posted by kythryne at internet powers, activate!
Okay, people. I need you to take this viral, and fast.

We know someone in upstate New York who needs a good custody lawyer ASAP. I'm not at liberty to go into details publicly, but this woman is very afraid that her abusive boyfriend is going to get sole custody of her young child.  She's presently being represented by a court-assigned lawyer who doesn't seem to care about the case, and she has very few resources left at this point. Her next hearing is on Thursday.

If you know a good lawyer in New York State who might be willing to take this case for a low fee or pro bono, or at least offer her advice or support, please let me know. If you don't know anyone, please repost this far and wide. As a mother and an abuse survivor, it makes me absolutely sick to my stomach to contemplate a child being left in the hands of an abuser.

I can be reached at kythryne@gmail.com if you have any leads or want to help.

The internet can work miracles. Let's go.

Edit, Tuesday afternoon: Huge, huge thanks to everyone who has signal-boosted, offered resources, emailed me, and otherwise been willing to help. Our friend is overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers. Amy and I are driving over to New York tomorrow afternoon so we can provide support in person, and we are working on plans to help our friend and her daughter get back on their feet once the custody case is over.

(If you would be interested in donating an item or service to a fundraising auction in the near future, please let me know. Our friend is a talented artist and a wonderful mother to a beautiful little girl who deserves a safe home, and it wouldn't take much to make a huge difference in their lives.)

Family +1

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So my LJ friends know, on Thursday I welcomed my son into the world
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Web browser capability fallacy

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Warning: nerd content.

I'm reading a new web design book ("Hardboiled Web Design" by Andy Clarke) and I found myself getting annoyed by yet another discussion of browser capabilities versus graceful degredation/ progressive enhancement.  Most of the chapter was devoted to arguing about browser capabilities shouldn't be determining whether you design a kick-ass site using the latest tech.

They're missing a bigger issue.  If I'm using Safari 5 on my 27" work mac, I'm not always using it full screen.  Sometimes it is, but frequently it's 50% wide and often it's re-sized to tuck alongside seventy other windows I'm using at once.  The design for a full-screen browser+OS combination should allow for shrunken windows.  I don't want your fancy drop shadows and swooshiness and parallax alphaing PNG stuff if it's all getting in the way of the content because I'm using a smaller screen.  Surely iPhones have taught us to Design for End User Use rather than Design for Awesome.  Is it easier to argue against Pixel Perfect Cross Browser rendering when Pixel Perfect SAME Browser Rendering screws up when browser windows are re-sized?  You know, because the USER not only wants control of their browser; they HAVE control and resize whenever they darn-well please1Jeremy Keith is all over this, but I don't think he's broached the argument for using Same Browser Pixel Imperfection as a counter to Cross Browser.  He's talking about proportional perfection, but reading between the lines it's all about serving the content in the best way possible to get your message across.  Media queries are a great start; I'm wondering what else can be done.


1) Yes, you can try and remove the browser resize chromes for popups - but people can get around that.  And bad designer for considering that as a solution; go say seven Hail Mosaics and come back to me.

Sep. 19th, 2010

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It was Jocelyn and my 10 year anniversary this year so we decided to treat ourselves to an international trip. My long distance flying appreciation is sadly lacking, so we both agreed a trip to New Zealand would be fantastic. I've wanted to visit New Zealand for a while, ever since reading the Gerald Durrell book where he visits NZ, Aus and PNG. A great naturalist, he was. We took my iPad with us to chronicle the adventure – a purpose the device suits magnificently.
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Aug. 31st, 2010

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Nom nom nom nom satay chicken nom nom nom

Writing analysis

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Joining in the writing analysis meme.  Apparently I write like Leo Tolstoy, writer of War and Peace and a man with a serious commitment to his beard.
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Professor von Explaino has lost a lot of his funny, but gained a fair amount of sarcasm -
Internet Censorship as explained via Beer.

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Web standards war

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Being in the web industry, I follow the web standards war with interest - and not a little bit of skepticism and overt scorn.

In that vein I propose we get all the infighting over and down with by converting the browser standards war into a Tower Defense game, put it up on Newgrounds and do this properly.  Everyone's tower is their favourite standard/ rendering engine/ browser/ whatever.  Your defenses against assault are rated.  "Bluster" is cheap, but short-sighted and weak.  "Accessibility" is expensive and narrow, but very strong.  "HTML 5" is broad but flaky.  "Fast JavaScript" is expensive, wide ranging, and quick to refresh (subject to network load).

Any developers want to take this on?

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