May 2003

Album Cover: Crash

"You wear nothing, but you wear it so well."
Dave Matthews Band / Crash Into Me

Hell Hath Frozen Over

May 30, 2003 5:46 PM

Well, it certainly has been a while. It took something like A huge partnership between Microsoft and AOL, the apparent end of Netscape (and maybe even Internet Explorer?) to get me out of hibernation. Is this some crazy stuff or what?

Rest assured you'll be hearing more from me in the near future on at least a few of these topics. If there's anything that excites me it's browser news, I just wish in this case it had more to do with the advancement of innovation than the demise of it. I think the most negative effect of this cause would be the downfall or even slowing down of Mozilla development. It would suck to see them go the way of hammer pants just weeks after announcing a major migration from the monster Mozilla suite to the more lean and mean Phoenix/Firebird. We'll just have to see what happens...

Another thing that helped awaken me from my slumber was seeing my own blog show up on the 2nd page of search results for a Google search of "css3 box model select", after going on quite arduously about how excited I am at the thought of the option's implementation across the board. On a related note, I cast my vote for the implemenation of CSS3 in Safari over at David Hyatt's blog. We'll have to see what happens in that arena, too.

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An Analysis of 'Bernie'

May 28, 2003 2:24 PM

An Analysis of 'Bernie'

The name Bernie derives from the name "Bernard" (or "Bernhard"), which means "brave bear" or "bold as a bear." The name is German in origin. Based on the 1990 U.S. Census, Bernie was ranked the number 757 most popular boys' name in the United States.

Famous Bernies include: Bernie Bickerstaff, Bernie Williams, Bernie Mac, Bernie Kopell, and Bernie Taupin. Some not-so-famous Bernies include: Bernie Dodge, Bernie Sanders, Bernie Torme, Bernie Prendergast, Bernie Jones, Bernie S., Bernie Brown, Bernie Klein, and Bernie Su.

According to Kalabarian Philosophy, "the first name of Bernie creates a shrewd, aggressive, business nature, intent on personal gain. You are capable of very logical and analytical thinking along practical business lines, and could excel in financial fields, law or politics. Your judgment is seldom swayed through your feelings. You have definite executive and leadership abilities, however you are inclined to be too blunt and forceful in dealing with people. There is a need to show more tact and understanding toward others in order to moderate a rather self-centred nature. The desires for independence and financial success have been strong motivating forces from very early in your life. Sacrificing much for material ambition will result in a lack of harmony and balance in your personal life, particularly a lack of appreciation for social courtesies and things of a more inspirational nature. Your health could suffer through ailments centering in the head. Also, the generative organs could be affected."

To describe the name Bernie, Zodiacal.com says "You have a tendency to resist change. Don't miss opportunities for growth. You have a love of creature comforts, but must learn to handle money. You can be quite inventive and quite curious. You enjoy a challenge. You can take thought-directed actions. You can handle details well. You have a methodical mind. You are relatively demonstrative in your affections. You enjoy being stroked verbally and physically. You need to learn to be expressive. You are a person who cannot tolerate being misunderstood."

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Domain Names

May 13, 2003 10:28 AM

For the past couple of weeks I've been doing some domain name research, trying to find a unique .com domain name that I could use for purposes I have not yet decided on. A while back I came up with a laundry list of available names (thanks to Dotster) that were reasonable, but none really stood out. I didn't give up, though. I kept looking and yesterday I actually bought a new .com domain. It only cost $8.95, so why not, right? Then, just a few hours later I came up with an idea for an even better name, and decided to just try and access it. To my surprise I ended up at one of those "domain farms" that bought up thousands of domains a couple years ago hoping to sell them for outrageous prices. But hey, at least there was a chance at nabbing it, right? And after reading an article at Wired yesterday about the fall in price of domain names, I figured there might just be a chance I could purchase it for not too much money.

Turns out I was wrong. After sending in an inquiry, the guy comes back asking for $3,500. Um, no. I just paid $8.95 for an equally palpable, if not as pretty, domain name, so there's no way I'm going to shell out over 3 Gs just for another .com identity. Of course, he came back asking what my budget was, but I just said "I can't see myself ever paying over $100 for a simple domain name." Afterall, it's not really the domain name that matters...it's the content that keeps people coming back.

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Preparedness

May 12, 2003 4:40 PM

Bioterror readiness testing kicked off in Seattle today, according to an article I read at ABC News. There are supposed to be operations across the United States this week to test how ready the nation's emergency workers are for terrorist acts. Interestingly enough, my alma mater, Pacific Lutheran University played its part, hosting a car bombing and a mock-hostage situation. Chicago is apparently the other big city to host the testing, and from what I read in the article, it seems the behind-the-scene stagers have put quite a bit of effort into the whole ordeal. There have apparently already been fake news crews, and there are even plans for Bush and Cheney look-alikes to be involved in the process. Some might hope that this will be a $16 million well spent, but I hope it turns out to be a complete waste of time and money. Why? Because if it is, that means we won't ever have to deal with the "real" version of these kinds of situations.

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Stick with Mozilla

May 08, 2003 10:48 AM

Interestingly enough, Mozilla is finally backing down from the use of the name "Firebird" for future releases of its browser. Looks like the version I'm running right now will become nothing more than a collector's item. An article over at C|Net News discusses the trend away from "Firebird" and the move to names more focused on the "Mozilla" brand. I personally think it's a smart move, as I always refer to the Mozilla browser as "Mozilla" anyway. The only reason I ever made the distinction of "Phoenix" was because it was a different flavor of the Mozilla browser. Now, since Mozilla is being converted to a more Phoenix-like build, returning to the use of "Mozilla" makes a lot of sense. Now if only every single browser's UA string didn't have the word "Mozilla" in it, the world would be an even better place! ;)

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