I went trick-or-treating in heels

And I looked something like this. Don’t be scared. So my friend Joy, admittedly with all the appropriate disclaimers, threw out this zinger, So: I find (straight) men dressing in drag an instant turn off, which I felt was just…

Employees must wash hands…

At O’Reilly Media, Inc., we take Inter Net hygiene very seriously! This post first appeared on From the Belly of the Beasts, a weblog from some of the people who build O’Reilly websites.

One enclosure per item

Though it’s not explicitly specified in the spec (as not much really is) I thought I’d mention here for future reference that RSS 2.0 really only expects there to be one enclosure per item. This question comes up from time…

Sunday, in the city, with Abe and Kathleen

I met up with Abe and Kathleen on Sunday, both of them friends from grad school in Chapel Hill, and had a nice time touring around the city. We rode on a cable car, which is something I hadn’t done…

Multiblogging

Timely: an overview of multiblog software options This whole content management thing is surprisingly a nontrivial problem. This post first appeared on From the Belly of the Beasts, a weblog from some of the people who build O’Reilly websites.

Firefox Referral Plugin for WordPress

Google is now paying $1 per referral for every download and installation of Firefox. Ruby was the first to bring this to my attention, and at first I thought that she locked her site off from all Internet Explorer users,…

Jack London State Historic Park

A few glimpses from the hike I took yesterday with Stephanie to Jack London SHP in nearby Glen Ellen. Painterly view of grape vine leaves turning yellow and red on a mountainside in the distance Lake reflection in the early…

The problem with syndication: tracking

Tim Bray on Google Analytics: I don’t think they claim to do anything to track the people who read this via RSS/Atom, which means that it will become less useful with time until they address that, which I’m not sure…

Are equal height columns for real?

So I really enjoyed reading through Alex Robinson’s CSS treatise, In search of the One True Layout, in particular I’ve been playing with the equal height columns technique, or as Eric Meyer called it, the Extremely Tall But Clipped Columns…

The IE Doubled Float-Margin Bug

It’s both gratifying and annoying when I get bit by an IE bug (that I’ve previously heard about) for the first time. A coder innocently places a left float into a container box, and uses a left margin on the…

Why don’t your feeds display in my browser?

From the mailbags this morning, I got the following bug report: You have two broken links to subscribe to RSS feeds. In both cases, my browser tries to open/save to my desktop rather than open the rss feed in a…

What happened to you O’Reilly?

Keith Casey: I for one am stunned by O’Reilly’s disregard – either through malice or negligence – for their readership. This post first appeared on From the Belly of the Beasts, a weblog from some of the people who build…

These should be standard issue around here

Powerbook laser-etched with the famous O’Reilly tarsier. [Via Make] So cool. Can y’all do my Thinkpad next? This post first appeared on From the Belly of the Beasts, a weblog from some of the people who build O’Reilly websites.

The Church of Wine

Marcia and Matt showed up at 1pm to go wine tasting and I answered the door in a towel with a toothbrush in my mouth. I dressed, gathered my bearings, and we got in the car and drove up to…

Effin’ Hives!

A little more than a week ago I went skating with Kyle, and though I wear all manner of protective gear (helmet, knee pads, wrist guards), I still managed to grind about 6-8 square inches of skin off my right…

IE does not break lines between image and text

Gotta love IE’s little surprises. I’m not sure if this is a known bug, in fact I’m not even sure if this is a bug at all, but I thought I’d write it up for future reference. One of the…

Happy Thanksgiving from Northern California

Poison-oak self-exam

1.5 inch wide swath on left leg from top of foot to knee, ✓ Left ankle, front to back, ✓ Right ankle front to back, ✓ Top of right foot, ✓ Two quarter-size spots and one half-dollar-size spot on right…

The grossest thing about poison oak…

…are the weeping blisters. I went out last night wearing a pair of loose-fitting pants. This is how they looked this morning. Hell yeah, my body did that! And if I’d been wearing white pants, you’d see that the weeping…

Uncool URLs

I don’t understand why the iTunes RSS extension spec (you know, the one you get when you google for itunes rss) hasn’t been updated since July 2005: http://phobos.apple.com/static/iTunesRSS.html But if you want the latest version (as of October 2005) it’s…

Tables really are evil

How’d it get so late? Anyway, after trying to figure out why the images I was including in my neatlinks were all showing up with different widths (even though they’re all 250px wide) I discovered it was an interaction between…

Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve

About a half of an hour north of Santa Rosa is the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve in Guerneville. It was one of the first places I visited (thanks to Terrie) when I came up to see the area and ponder…