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Apocalypse, poultry, jag shadows and dirty markup (more on ALA drop shadows)...

I should stop making comments for the simple sake of not offending anybody. Please... I didn't mean to, I just wanted an explanation, sorry, if it sounded a bit critical (I like your website... :) :) :) ). And I didn't diss your code, Sergio, I merely asked how and why did you arrive to this point.
I think, that was Igor Stravinsky, who said once something like this (very loose quote): "If I had no limits to my resources, I would probably ended up not writing anything".
I think, I see it now. You don't want tables, so you didn't use them. I must admit (thanks to a slow day at work), this could really be fun…
(for some reason - poor CSS support in this particular part? - IE5.2 for Mac breaks the display, but who cares, it's dead anyway... It works in IE6 Win, Firefox, and Safari, though)
Once again, sorry, if my comments sounded apocalyptic...
It's all good. Keep up the good work.
PS. The table-based markup is still shorter. Not cleaner, oh, no, just s…

Fuzzy Shadows at ALA

I have been following this discussion on ALA article for several days now, and I am still confused about the original idea.

I will have to repeat myself:

1. PNG's alpha transparency is supposed to allow us grater flexibility in positioning images over anything else, while maintaining simplicity of markup.
2. The situation with IE support can be resolved by many means (I still like the elegance of Aaron's "Sleight" JavaScript behavior), here is an example.

3. If we still have to match background color with GIFs, we could achieve the exact same results with a lot less effort by arranging elements in a table (yes, table - last time I checked it was still a legitimate HTML element - and, yes, it does support CSS formatting, so the separation of content and presentation shouldn't be a problem):
example 2.

Look... no JavaScript, no conditional comments, no separate stylesheet... I can go on.
Please, explain to me, somebody, why we feel the need to scratch our left ear …

Zawinul Syndicate

On Joe Zawinul concert as a part of Tri-C 25th Anniversary Jazz Festival: one word - magnificent. As a group - they are simply unbelievable; I am waiting for the CD to come out, I want to buy it (or illegally download, depending upon my employment situation at the moment). They are called Zawinul Syndicate (the website lists a different drummer, though).
Linley Marthe (bass) is, probably, the most unique musician I ever heard live or recorded (yes, including Jako).
Keyboards didn't sound all that good, however; I am tempted to blame the sound operator, or the general state of Joe's overwired and duct-taped gear, rather than the fact that he is 72, and, by all human means, could be losing it...
I wonder, what state of mind I will be in 30 years. Hope I will not make it that far...

Template

Nice template ("Sand Dollar", by Jason Sutter), clean code, it was very easy to customize (vs. iBlog's horrible HTML. I can't believe, people are paying for the shareware like that. So what, if it also reads RSS feeds? You can get a free news reader...).

I'm back. Don't know, why, though...

Moved blog to blogspot, since .Mac does not support FTP, or SFTP protocol... Not that I ever use it, just for fun. I happen to have strangest ideas of what fun is.
... apparently, I just don't want to fire up VisualStudio.NET, and continue learning it. It's Friday, for web's sake...

On David Emberton's "The World Wide Web is not enough"

Read this first...

Amazing. Just amazing. After reading miles of intimidating CSS tutorials and JavaScript tips and tricks, written by terrorist 8-graders, I felt so bad about my inability to keep up with the latest and greatest in web design... Nice to see someone who has no reservations about saying: yes, I am incapable of learning and I refuse to accept the obvious...
Wake up. NN4 is dead. It was killed in the browser war.
If you don't agree with new standards, suggest an alternative.
If you don't want to live with the direction the Web is going, retreat to CD-ROM authoring. Or use floppies (sorry, very limited PDF support), and FedEx.
Seriously? I came to this country eleven years ago with high school English (as a foreign language, naturally) and a degree in Industrial Design from the school nobody ever heard of in a country, which doesn't exist anymore. I was 30. I never touched a computer before 1992, neither I ever tried to order coffee at McDonalds (the attempts …