Travis's lame ol' blog

yay, Travis finally changed his blog!

- Thursday, August 26, 2004

Hooray for the peons

1.3 million more Americans in poverty. 15.6% of all NYS residents don't have health insurance. Yikes! At least gas is cheap.

- Wednesday, August 25, 2004


Fuck New York, a brief, wtf/political/humorous film from Davey's AIM profile. (warning: link contains adult language)

KS | politix | wtf

Aluminum Bottles or Bottle Shaped Cans

Jon sent me a link to some Pittsburgh company that is making bottle-shaped aluminum beer containers. I guess they're more efficient and "unbreakable" but there's just something about that brushed-metal look that makes them even cooler.

[Update]: Gizmodo.

- Tuesday, August 24, 2004

The New Michael Jordan of Quake/Doom?

Tom's Hardware points out a bunch of cool shit at QuakeCon 2004. The Fatal1ty Quake 3 champion dude has not only his own booth babes, but Abit has licensed the Fatal1ty name for a line of products - basically the Air Jordans of the computing world. There was a shootout against him that sounds like it was a pretty awesome deathmatch. The winner, Daler, got a bunch of stuff. Then they had some crazy Quake 3 and Doom 3 double-elimination tournaments with prizes of $25K, $15K, and $12K for the top three in each one. It sounds like it was pretty cool.
gamez | tech

- Monday, August 23, 2004

CSS/XHTML Validity

This blog isn't 100% CSS or XHTML compliant. The CSS is probably easily fixable, the following CSS is what's invalid:

form[id=Form2] input
-moz-opacity: 0.50;
background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 127);

form[id=Form2] input:HOVER, form[id=Form2] input:FOCUS, form[id=Form2] input:ACTIVE
-moz-opacity: 0.90;
background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 229);

I'm sure there's an alternative to -moz-opacity that's CSS compliant, but I haven't found it yet. I thought that the rgba(n,n,n,n) syntax was at least valid CSS3, but that didn't seem to validate either. I just switched to opacity and it validates and works fine in FF, yay!

The XHTML isn't as easily fixable. I'm pretty sure that this is about as valid as it gets without re-compiling the .Text source.

  • None of the pages with forms validate due to the way .Net renders out the <script> tags.
  • The main page doesn't validate due to an asp:literal in the Day control that spits out: Title = "x". (note the spacing and capitalization)
  • The Post pages have asp:literals that have <link> tags used for pingbacks in bad spots and they have end tags either.
  • The comments people post are converted to HTML instead of XHTML
  • The posts I make aren't always perfect either (damn those & in urls)

The last one is pretty much the only one I can control at this point. I could probably even eliminate the last two by hacking a few SPs. If anyone knows a solution for the others without recompiling, please let me know. I have to say that even though .Text wasn't XHTML compliant out-of-the-box, it really has a great architecture and it has been fairly easy to upgrade to XHTML compliancy.

-moz- | tech

$3USD Firefox plush dog toy

On our ADK trip Sherry and I bought this squeaky dog toy at one of the stores up there:
firefox aka red panda aka raccoon(?)
Now the I know the description says "raccoon", but judge for yourself which it is supposed to be: raccoon or "red panda" aka firefox. Aside from the fact that the dog loves it, I think that the mozilla organization could prolly resell these cute lil F'ers to geeks and their chicklets everywhere for about 5x that price and absorb a bunch'o'capital.

I have some pictures of a red panda from the Syracuse Zoo: (1) (2) (3). (I can smell the 403.9 errors my crappy server is gonna get from those images already, damn RR and their limited uploads and damn 2000 Pro IIS and its limit of 10 users!)

[EDIT]: I forgot to mention that the firefox logo actually looks more like a red fox, than a red panda. Maybe it's some crazy hybrid of the two?

New NY state record steelhead caught in Olcott (on Lake Ontario)

big-ass steelhead
(caught by Rob Wilson)
31.8 pounds, 39 inches! I can't imagine trying to land one of those on my fly rod. *BAM*zzzzzzzzzzzZZZZ*! (from my dad)

- Friday, August 20, 2004


Ern called me earlier to let me know that he finally popped the question ;-) Congrats Ernie & Sue!

- Thursday, August 19, 2004

gmail invite

Well, I tried to donate an invite to GMail 4 Troops, but I haven't gotten a response. So post if you want a gmail account.

[UPDATE:] I just got 3 more invites.

[EDIT]: I get 6 a day, post in this thread if you still need one: GMail invites.

local | tech

- Thursday, August 12, 2004

ADK 2004

Yay ADK! Sniff you jerks sometime next week.