We had yet another blogger social gathering last night at the Flat Top Grill, in attendance : Alex, Alicia, Cinnamon, Chris, Heather, Jes, Joe, Leigh, Matt, Naz, Phineas, Troy and Ms. E (who I didn't get the pleasure to talk to), and Shylo. As always, it was tons 'o fun.
Don't panic. It's just a style change. I figured after more than three years of doing this page by hand, I'd start making a slow transition into the future by adding a style sheet to control the two things that have been bugging me around here - the leading in bulleted lists, and the lack of permalinks. I've always been to lazy to add permalinks by hand, but in todays modern blogging world, you need 'em. Sometime next month, this site might get Movable Type installed under the hood, but it's going to be hard to give up doing this without power tools.
In the meantime, I'll be playing with some typographical styles to see which ones I like. Don't panic if I decide to try #FF69B4 and #E6E6FA (hotpink and lavender) for a day or two.
Weekend reading assignments
Bloggies? I'm not even going to bother voting. Although I would vote for this guy if they had a category for toughest blogger.
I written some more comments about the Bloggies in my weblog about weblogs. In short they can be summed up by this quote by Stavros the Wonderchicken "There are bowel-looseningly good writers out there who get little to no traffic, and there are determinedly mediocre ones who are inundated in visitors.""There are bowel-looseningly good writers out there who get little to no traffic, and there are determinedly mediocre ones who are inundated in visitors."
Want an example? Try this. Be prepared to have it change your mood.
I forgot to mention that the morning after the last blogger meetup, I ran into fellow Evanston blogger Dan Hartung, from Lake Effect who describes the encounter here. Dan is also the owner of the closest website near me on the geourl database. He credits me wiht the role of Chicago Blogger social coordinator, which I don't deserve, that credit goes to Naz for handling the particulars of the large gatherings we've had recently and to Andrew his promotion of and stellar attendance at the local blog meetups.
I will do my part in promoting any happenings though - any local webloggers interested in meeting the varied and interesting group that has formed should join, and keep an eye on the Chicago bloggers Yahoo group, especially since there is a gathering tenatively scheduled for next week.
In other local blogging news, I've added a couple to my chicago blog list. These are certainly more then deserving of the position.
Just another random list of links
- Seb's Open Research Pointers and thoughts on the evolution of knowledge sharing
and scholarly communication, collected by Sébastien Paquet I've probably pointed to this before, but it's a valuable resource for keeping up with the blog world.
- Chicago in 2002: The Agony and the Agony The Wizard of Odds gives us a good review of last year in Chicago.
The new issue of No East is online. You'll notice my name is on it, despite the fact that my miniscule contribution consists of three lines of haiku.
Al Hirshfeld dies at 99 See the interactive feature on that NY times link.
I went to a weblogging meetup at Dave and Buster's Wednesday night with Andrew, Jason, Kurt, Ursula, Leigh, Ray and Bryan, who's just starting. We talked about the most common blogging subjects: identity, popularity, options for blogging software, and other geek stuff. Ursula brought up the subject of huge link lists, like I have to the left. My list gets culled every once in in awhile, but I'm always adding to it, so it is getting a little unruly, but it is my list, and my primary tool for my personal web exploration. As for the Chicago blog list, there was a time when I could have, and probably did, include every local weblogger. But now the Chicago blog ring and the Chicago bloggers Yahoo group are both over 100 members, and there are still more, like those found in the Globe of blogs Illinois listing, I can only add those who I want to check regularly, or those people I know personally.
Mark Pilgrim is pissed about the proposed XHTML 2.0 spec and what it means for forward compatability. It looks scary. Dropping of the
img tag? Depreciation of
br, and the
H header tags? Zeldman tells us that the sky isn't falling and scores of others tell us that XHTML 2.0 isn't even at the recommendation stage yet, and the browsers that will render it are years away anyway, and besides, as Eric Meyer says, it's "too unrealistic for its own good". Here's a piece from xmlhack if you want to know What's (really) new in XHTML.
Some work related reading:
- Using Site Evaluations to Communicate with Clients "Over the last few years and umpteen site evaluations, I've developed some templates I customize as needed. I will describe these templates, when and why I use them, how I present the assessments, and will discuss some specific cases where site assessments have helped me convey my arguments to clients."
- The Psychology of Navigation, Jesse James Garrett "The navigation decision-whether or not to click-hinges on the mental image users create of the page they expect to see. Fortunately, a few tools are available to help influence the images in users' minds: language, design, and the understanding of the expectations users bring to sites. In order to deploy these tools effectively, the information architect needs to understand the process of extrapolation going on in the user's head in that moment before the mouse is clicked."
- The Little Card that Could "If you want to shout about your firm's creativity, consider these distinctive printing processes as you create your letterhead system. "
This is very cool and has enormous potential - GeoURL ICBM Address Server While you may be hesistant to address yourself with something that includes the letters ICBM or even worse a "missile address", this geographical database of websites will probably become very important to the way we use the Web, dependent on if it can survive the inevitable explosive growth that will come from every blogger on the planet pointing to it. Also it will be interesting to see how it will handle linkrot.
Basically it is a database of coordinates relating to websites. For example, see who's near me.
As with any network, the more nodes, the more valuable, so if you run a website, add your coordinates to the database. I'll be spending the afternon adding every client's site to this database. I recommend you do too.
The semantic Web
I'm still trying to grasp the concept of the semantic Web. Joshua Allen helps a little with this post - Remnin Voice "In any case, it should be clear that the semantic web is about recording and communicating human knowledge, and the whole field of knowledge representation (including RDF) is about the same thing. It is true that memory and cognition are tightly intertwined, but it is still quite useful to build a digital library of semantic information without first knowing all of the details of the digital "brains" that will process the information." Burningbird helps some more by explaining the post. This Scientific American article goes into a little more detail about the Semantic Web and knowledge representation.
Apple releases Safari, a new Web browser for Mac OS X. Zeldman has some good commments. He also links to Dive into Mark's Safari Bug List, which is a nice resource of CSS bugs and hacks. Centricle points out a few things too.
In other Apple news, it's probably a good thing I waited before buying a new laptop. This 12-inch PowerBook G4 looks like a good choice. Upgrading machines also means upgrading my OS, because most of the time, I'm just like Woz who still uses OS 9.
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