Shallow Thoughts

because deep thoughts smack of effort

Nondevelopers, IE7 and This Particular Problem

Posted in Web Stuff by Bridget on January 24th, 2008

My latest round of articles here have been spawned as retorts, replies and general questions to the comments of others in the web community. I quote these folks so that they get the proper credit for what they said, but I fear that my latest posts could be construed in a manner in which I do not intend — as antagonizing. So, please allow me to state that I am not attempting to call out these brilliant minds to defend their declarations, per se. I’m seeking answers to the questions I have as a result of the things they have said regarding browser version targeting.

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More on the Meta

Posted in Web Stuff by Bridget on January 24th, 2008

So, I’ve talked to a few colleagues and had an additional 24 hours to mull this meta declaration proposition over — the browser version targeting idea. Did it help to change my mind? Am I convinced that version targeting is a good idea now? If you care about my surface level observations today as they compare to yesterday, you’ll have to click the link to read more. :)

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The Bruhaha of the Meta Declaration

Posted in Web Stuff by Bridget on January 22nd, 2008

I read both articles at A List Apart today and all the comments that were there at the time of this writing (not the actual posting — I’m sure more were added). I think we need to buckle up. We might be in for a long and bumpy ride.

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It Shouldn’t Be Like This

Posted in Nonsense,Web Stuff by Bridget on January 15th, 2008

Threaten

3:10 to P.U.-ma

Posted in Nonsense by Bridget on January 10th, 2008

Hollywood doesn’t offer much in the way of movies that wow me anymore — at least, not in a positive way. I still love watching movies. I just find it few and far between that I watch a movie I love.

Tonight’s installment, a movie we borrowed from a friend, was 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe (Ben Wade) and Christian Bale (Dan Evans). My husband and best vitamins for dogs
I were watching it without our usual banter in which we mock stupid plot points or complain that the background music is drowning out the dialogue. That was until the movie comes to its climax. This movie wasn't great, but it didn't actually suck up until the end. Then, it fell apart and fell apart fast. I'm not going to go into spoilers or anything, but suffice it to say it became preposterous that events would have unfolded as they did.

Before seeing this film, I didn't realize that it was remake of a movie from 50 years ago starring Glenn Ford (Ben Wade) and Van Heflin (Dan Evans). I discovered that fact when I went to IMDB to find out why I recognized the actor who played Charlie (Ben Foster) in the current version. Upon learning that this movie was a remake I had to ask myself -- WHY?

Admittedly, I didn't see the 1957 version and sometimes creative liberties are taken when remaking a film. I can only hope that this is what happened and that it went horribly awry. Otherwise, I would like an explanation as to what prompts filmmakers to go with a story in which the plot crumbles a second time. Why go to that well? Moreover, what were Russell Crowe and Christian Bale thinking when they read the script?! Did they really get to the part where the climax begins (and sucks) and think, "Oh yeah! I gotta make this film." It's not like these two guys are hard up for work or anything.

Really, what is Hollywood thinking?

Return to the Web of the 1990′s?

Posted in Web Stuff by Bridget on December 17th, 2007

The web development community continues to comment on Opera v. Microsoft, the W3C, and what is needed to propel this industry forward in the next decade. The latest installments are by Jeff Croft and Alex Russell and I simply can’t agree with their take on what would make things better. (more…)

W3C Developed Core Browser Engine

Posted in Web Stuff by Bridget on December 15th, 2007

The reader replies to Andy Clarke’s CSS Unworking Group post are, for the most part, pretty interesting. It hasn’t yet devolved into an all out flame war. Props to the respondents for that!

Some of the replies I agree with. Some of them I don’t. There was, however, one nugget I found particularly interesting. (more…)

CSS WG Development vs Adobe Development

Posted in Web Stuff by Bridget on December 14th, 2007

Andy Clarke’s post on the CSS Working group got me thinking. David Mead is the one to blame for getting my wheels churning. I don’t know if thinking is good for me, but I’m going to do a brain dump here, just because I can. (more…)

Browser Wars 2.0

Posted in Web Stuff by Bridget on December 14th, 2007

Thanks to Eric Meyer and David Mead making comments via Twitter, and because of Andy Clarke’s comments on the CSS Working Group, I read that Opera and Microsoft aren’t best friends. (more…)

Where has Mugsy gone?

Posted in Nonsense by Bridget on November 26th, 2007

When last we saw Mugsy, he was looking to hitch a ride to Hollywood. Being in the back hills of Tennessee he was picked up rather quickly by some rednecks willing to help him along. (more…)

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