It's more than a house. It's an adventure.

Sunday, March 23, 2003

Fixed for Netscape 4

Finally got around to it. I'm now tricking Netscape 4 into not using any stylesheet, rather than feeding it the standard one and having it choke.

A few flying jokes

Just because I felt like it. Got them off a mailing list.

Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, six miles!"
Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches!"

One day, the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold short of the runway while a DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee. Some comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the radio and said, "What a cute little plane. Did you make it yourself?" Our hero the Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back with a real zinger: "I made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like that and I'll have enough parts for another one."

There's a story about the military pilot calling for a priority landing because his single-engine jet fighter was running "a bit peaked." ATC told the fighter jock that he was number two behind a B-52 that had one engine shut down. "Ah," the pilot remarked, " the dreaded seven-engine approach."

A student became lost during a solo cross-country flight. While attempting to locate the aircraft on radar, ATC asked, "What was your last known position?" To which the student responded: "When I was number one for takeoff".

Taxiing down the tarmac, the DC10 abruptly stopped, turned around and returned to the gate. After an hour-long wait, it finally took off. A concerned passenger asked the flight attendant, "What was the problem?" "The pilot was bothered by a noise he heard in the engine," explained the flight attendant," and it took us a while to find a new pilot."

A man telephoned the United airline office at Denver International Airport and asked, "How long does it take to fly to Colorado Springs?" The clerk said, "Just a minute." "Thank you," the man said and hung up.

"Flight 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 degrees." "But Center, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?" "Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?

Rough market

I'm starting to look around for a new job as I'll be moving in a few months. Things are bad out there. All the "regular" job search sites are sparse at best. Hoping to make some contacts at SOHO Rochester this week. It would be better if I had more ideas & samples for resumes than what I learned in college. I've got two formats so far, and I'm working on more.

Saturday, March 22, 2003

Superscript styles

I was looking over my truck page tonight and noticed that superscripts were in the same font-size as the main text in my Mozilla 1.3 browser. This looked really odd to me. Separating the content & meaning from the presentation, the size doesn't matter as far as the meaning of the document (for a text-to-speech reader, or a program analyzing the page). The default user stylesheet of Mozilla kept the font-size the same. I slapped the following into my site CSS:sup,sub
Super/sub scripts used to look likethis, now they look likethis. A little better I think. And if I decide to nest them things get really interesting.

More toys!

After watching our first music video, I really, really want a Powerbook and video camera with Firewire. I've wanted a Powerbook since MacOS X came out, but now it's worse. Wanna front me the $3500? Pleeeeeeeeease?

New places, new people

Been hanging out with the disciples of George, something of a haven for IT-type folks to trade horror stories and ideas. Some days my troubles pale in comparison, somedays they've all got it easier than me.

Audioscrobbler is a just-starting project for folks to share what they're listening to and help them find other things that might interest them. Check out what I've been up to and who matches with my listening tastes. I admit I've just set Winamp on constant play since I installed the plug-in. My rationale is that I wouldn't have the music if I didn't like it. As time goes on I'll skip songs and they'll drop in my rankings as others do get a listen. Oh, and the site's nicely done too.