February 14, 2007


So every day this week I've gotten mildly up in arms about something, but haven't managed to commit any of it to the blog.

Question - was the middle half of the homepage missing for a couple of days? I couldn't click on comments or see the text - it was like a giant tube of white-out had been smeared across the middle of the page. And I lack the blog-fu to figure out what made that happen.

Anyway, since I can't seem to gather my thoughts enough to create one coherent post about any one topic, here's a list of quick takes:

1. RE: the Edwards blogatrice incident - makes Edwards look like he didn't do his homework, makes me wonder if it's possible for politicians to co-opt the fringier online parts of their party in the first place, and why they would even want to, really. Seems like every time it happens there's fallout or trauma or payola scandals or something else that takes the spotlight off the candidate's message. And politicians can't afford that sort of crap.

2. Valentine's Day - it's all been said. February is a stupid month, and slapping a lacy, pink, candy-coated fake shell of a holiday on the bleak ass-end of winter sets my teeth on edge. I have no romance in me in February, nor do I want to experience anything lovey-dovey. The only thing I need heating up in February is an Irish coffee.

3. My colleague who cannot understand that in a press release, it's usually a good idea to answer the questions who, what, when, where, why and how at the BEGINNING of the release. What does one do with a person whose every release over a 2 year period ignores the standard format, even when said format is explained painstakingly by every person in the office? Further, what does one do with such a person when said person's response to each gentle correction is to burst into tears and shriek about how her family says she's a good writer? FYI - We had to table my suggestion involving the hot poker, as open heating elements are banned in the office.

4. The postmodern trend toward argument rehabilitation, as seen in the actions of academics and protesters at Duke. So now the words you wrote weren't actually what you meant--and you're literature professors. Okey-dokey.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at February 14, 2007 04:18 PM | TrackBack

Who what when where and why alone are fine. ``How'' was added by somebody with a tin ear. And lots of things are higher priority than ``how,'' like what it cost.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at February 14, 2007 04:30 PM

I remember one of my students commenting that his high school English teacher had told him he was a good writer (this after receiving a paper back from me with many red marks and a prominent "F." "She was wrong," I said.

Posted by: Michael at February 14, 2007 06:50 PM

Question - was the middle half of the homepage missing for a couple of days? I couldn't click on comments or see the text

*shrugs* On my browser, it's been like that for weeks. I just learned to click on the calendar to see either the full text or read the comments.

Posted by: CatCube at February 14, 2007 07:00 PM

Blank spot, my guess is that the map of NC and powered by moveable type thingy is put on last and extends leftwards over text, which is probably alive and well underneath.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at February 14, 2007 07:25 PM

RE: February
Yeah, hallmark profit month.
The boyfriend and I are boycotting it: No flowers, no candy, no pink lace, no chocolates.
Tonight we are parking in front of the TV with an action movie, a 6-pack, and frozen pizza.
No stress, no fuss, no expectations.
Lots of fun!

Posted by: Miette at February 14, 2007 09:06 PM

Yes, it's been missing for a while. Some investigation indicates that it's a very odd phenomenon.

It looks like an IE7 bug (I don't see it in FireFox 1.5, FireFox 2.0, IE6, nor Opera 9). The problem is that the blogroll lists has the "Powered by" in italics. No, really. It seems that any font style shift (whether by a style attribute, I, or EM tags) causes the problem. This only occurs in javascript written text, not text in the base page. Interesting, some other style changes (such as background color and font size) do not cause this problem.

If I get some time, I will try to characterize the problem better. A brief netsearch doesn't yield any other reports of the problem.

Sadly, I can't think of much you can do about it, other than recommend not using IE7.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at February 14, 2007 11:01 PM

Thanks, AOG!

I was thinking it might have something to do with IE7, because we recently started using that on the home computer, and that's when I noticed the problem.

Posted by: BAW at February 15, 2007 09:32 AM

As long as you're reading my comments, I would note that

1) You have a class=side instead of class="side" for the DIV element for the categories.

2) You have border=0 instead of border="0" for your NOSCRIPT sitemeter IMG tag.

Otherwise, your HTML looks good.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at February 15, 2007 11:56 AM

Will fix, thanks!

Posted by: BAW at February 15, 2007 01:26 PM

On the how, where, when and why... edit it. That's what the first editor from a newspaper I worked at as a college idiot did.

Posted by: Blahy at February 17, 2007 10:49 PM

Blahy -

Yep, and I'll bet you actually LEARNED from the edits they made, right?

This person hasn't. That is the point.

Posted by: BAW at February 19, 2007 10:42 AM


Here's my post on the subject, along with example pages demonstrating the IE7 bug. I realize no one else cares, but a geek's gotta do what a geek's gotta do.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at February 26, 2007 09:06 PM
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