Measuring the Speed of Memes Tuesday, Nov 28 2006 

It looks like some graduate student is trying to measure how fast a meme travels. You have to link to the post I just did, and then ping Technorati. Which is exactly what I’m doing.

To my readers, if you could do the same, that’d be awesome.

On QuirksMode Monday, Nov 27 2006 

I like Peter-Paul Koch. Great guy. Wish there were more people with as much JavaScript and browser knowledge out there. But I simply can’t stand his new design of QuirksMode.

The old design was much, much better. Sure, it used frames but goddammit it worked! If he had maybe opted to use Server-Side includes instead of frames, or maybe some XMLHTTPRequest script thingy to load the menus for the subdivisions of his site, he could’ve kept his old design. If you’ve ever visited the old QuirksMode, you know what I mean. The old design was brilliant. Even the colour scheme was pretty good for a self-described non-designer.

The new serif-heavy design is just plain ugly compared to the old one. Can I at least get some Lucida Grande? I know asking PPK to change the design is a waste of my breath, but will you at least consider bringing all the fake browser quotes back? And maybe configuring your site so that I don’t have to type www.?



An Awesome Education Blog Friday, Nov 24 2006 

I have a weird obsession with American education blogs, so when I discovered 3σ → Left I was indeed hooked on reading it. This is a great blog about an Urban High School teacher and it really gives great insight on what it’s like to be a teacher today.

I’d highly recommend reading it. Unfortunately, an RSS feed is nowhere to be found. Maybe it was just Firefox that couldn’t find it.

Every Radio Station Should Have This Tuesday, Nov 21 2006 

This must have happened to you, and it happened to me today: I heard a song on the radio, really liked it, but didn’t know what it was. The radio station in question is the Bay Area’s 95.7 (which has gone from techno to classic rock to country over the past few years and is now “70s, 80s and Whatever we feel like”). I went to 95.7’s website, and found a page called “What Was That Song“. Sure enough, I found the song I was looking for (“Promises, promises” by Naked Eyes) by putting in the date and approximate time I heard it.

Every radio station’s website should have this. Period.

If Everybody Had… Saturday, Nov 18 2006 

For many years of my life, I always sang that line from Surfin’ USA by The Beach Boys as “If everybody had a notion”. Today I learned it’s actually “if everybody had an ocean”. Surely I’m not the only person who has made this mistake!

Underrated Artists, Part II Monday, Nov 6 2006 

In the first installment of this series we covered a soul/funk/disco band. This time, I present to you a good old-fashioned 70s rock band, Dr. Hook.

Dr. Hook’s music was mostly country rock/pop, sort of like The Eagles (though not as good, because very few groups are better than The Eagles, of course). Their biggest songs were “Cover of the Rolling Stone”, “When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman” and “Sylvia’s Mother”. Like our last group, they could be a little quirky at times (witness “The Millionaire”) but they had strong melodies.

My personal favourite from them is actually a disco-sounding tune called “Sexy Eyes” (the video for which can be seen here). Go check it out. You won’t be dissapointed.