I’ve been tweaking my blog theme furiously in preparation for the Sandbox CSS Design contest. Again I have to say that I have the utmost respect for web designers. Making a good blog design that looks nice is hard work. But I feel that I’ve gotten a lot better since I touched CSS for the first time, and the recent incarnation of IDT has many improvements over the existing style.
- Top header bar uses a much better technique for the buttons
- Global style reset so it should look the same between all browsers
- Support for asides (not that I use them often)
- Support for pretty-printing
- Georgia headings and Verdana text (thanks to these tips)
- Styling on the navigation links between posts
- Still readable in 640 width and 800 width
- General reduction in hacks
So please step out of your web browser and let me know about any pages that are looking wonky. Please cut-and-paste the link to whatever page looks wrong and mention the web browser you are using.
In general site news I’ve gone back to having a front welcome page, instead of having the latest post on the front page. I feel it gives people a better introduction to the site. I desperately need to weed my categories, but that’s a job for another week.
I have a post later today about different RSS readers, but before I get to it I want to find out what my readers are using. If you’re particularly passionate about your RSS reader software I’d love to hear why you feel that way. If you’re particularly passionate against RSS I’d love to hear that also.
Please leave a comment or a trackback.
Feed Reader Stats According to WordPress.com
Google Feedfetcher: 47.5%
Feed Reader Stats According to FeedBurner
Google Feedfetcher: 39%
Firefox Live Bookmarks: 8%
I think online web comics and blogging go hand-in-hand. I find it very interesting how people express themselves and ideas using computers as a medium.
I’ve always been a fan of comic books and cartoons (I’m still an awkward teenager at heart). Here are some of my favorite web comics.
If you have some favorites, I’d love if you’d mention it in a comment on this post, or by posting your favorites on your blog and sending a trackback (maybe this can start a meme). My interest in web comics is coming to the forefront because of my own desire to create one.
UPDATE: I decided to ask the same question on Reddit.
My Favorite Online Web Comics
- The Perry Bible Fellowship is easily the most off-beat comic I’ve ever read. If you find it funny you’ll find it *really* funny.
- XKCD has some of the geekiest humour I’ve ever seen — which is why it appeals to me.
- Sinfest – one of the best out there.
- Penny Arcade is the original gamer comic.
- VG Cats is an infrequent gamer comic.
- PC Weenies is a tech/geek humour comic.
- Passive Depressive is created by some of my Real Life friends. It is for adults.
- Sheldon is a new addition that a friend recommended.
- Cyanide and Happiness
- Hyper Death Babies
Not Quite Web Comics But Still Cool
- Drawn! isn’t really a comic, but it is a blog that showcases artists. Very inspirational.
- Indexed is a collection of graphs on index cards. A great way to convey ideas. If you like XKCD you’ll like Indexed.
- PostSecret is a staple of the Internet.
Recent Discoveries from Best of Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards
- A Softer World – photography with messages on them to tell a story. Very cool and morbid.
- Adventures of Canada Man – political/news oriented. Needs RSS.
- Filth Hole
- Okay Pants
- Butternut Squash
- Cubicle Gangsters – high tech / workplace
What web comics do you enjoy? Drop a comment or post the list on your blog.
This is a post intended to find out some information on who reads my blog. Please stop lurking and take the time to answer these four very quick questions. It will take less than 30 seconds to complete. I’d like everyone who is a regular reader to answer.
Click the link that best answers the question. Links will open in a new window. Sorry for the lack of humourous answers, I’m going for accuracy. :)
We’ve all done it. Whipped out the plastic in the heat of the moment without doing the proper research, and then kicked ourselves for months afterwards as problem after problem reared it’s ugly head. You tell me yours, and then I’ll tell you mine. Here’s a hint: it involved BestBuy, Boxing Day and not realizing that Compaq and HP are the same company now.
Leave a comment with your horror story of the one piece of tech equipment you wish you’d never laid eyes upon, much less paid cash for. No registration is necessary to leave a comment, just put whatever username/email address you want.
If this goes well, I’ll be repeating the process every second friday with a new question. See the comments on this post at some time in the next 24 hours for my horror story.