Just coined some slang!

You know those wireless gadgets with the little thumb keyboards that people use to send e-mail and chat with? I’ve decided to call those “mbiras.” An mbira is an African musical instrument, most commonly found in Zimbabwe, that is held in the hands and plucked with the thumbs. Seeing a friend use one these things reminded me of an mbira player so the name stuck in my mind.

Please feel free to use my coinage.

My own aphorisms someone told me to write down

  • The Programmer’s Lament: “The world is built upon endless, essential yet trivial detail.”
  • Another one: “Everyone wants to be special but has to settle for being unique.”
  • In order for the world to be interesting there must be error. In fact, this may be a defining characteristic of reality: Error only exists in reality.
  • The existence of error, implies the existence of the extremely complex phenomena of evil.
  • Smarter people than me, state my opinions better than I can.
  • Taking a stand, means risking error. People mistake my lack of confrontation as a gentle nature. In truth, I just hate being or guessing wrong.
  • In my favored endeavors, there will always be someone who knows more about them and does better at them than me. Luckily, I know things that they might not know, so it balances out in the end.

Midnight Philosophy

Gödel proved that mathematics will remain forever incomplete.

The implication is that the mathematics is infinitely rich. Another implication is that all science, being ultimately based on mathematics and logic, is infinitely rich and will never be a finished thing.

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Undocumented facts about the ACCESSKEY attribute

In my endeavor to make this site a useful place for web developers to visit, I offer some obscure information about the accesskey attribute in XHTML and HTML 4. As I gather more information, I will add to this entry. I may even move it to my developer section.

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The Obligatory Design and Usability Guru Links

Extra power to Jake and Jeff–two well known guys who battle daily for honesty on the Web. But more power still to Vince, one of the oft forgetten pioneers for good Web design. Besides he’s much funnier than the other two.

Making Custom Bookmark Icons for Your Site

I’ve set things so that I have a customized icon if people decide to add this site there favorites list in IE 5+. I don’t think this will work in IE 5 for the Mac but, let me know if it does. What’s a customized favorites icon?

Added (June 12th, 2001): I’ve discovered that this icon idea also works if a visitor bookmarks my site in Konqueror too. So the trick is becoming more cross-platform.

There is also free Java tool that can help you design and build your icons for your sites.

Little Tiny Print Sucks

This is all Microsoft’s fault. IE 3 had terrible implementation of CSS and could only support absolute font units like point (pt). Legions of web designers quickly began cranking out zillions of pages that were, and sometimes still are, damn near impossible to read. Here it is nearly 5 years later and the Web is still suffering from this.

I promise never to do that here. Geezers like me need things to be ergonomic, right?

Mad Scientists Take Note

Memepool is a great source for obscure, interesting and useful pages on a wide array of subects. The gadget section and the science section ought to be required reading for any MIT hopeful.

Turning a computer into a DVR

My urges to abolish any form of push marketing in my life compel me to investigate digital video recorders. But then my urges to only spend my money on real hardware compel me to investigate software that will convert a computer into a digital video recorder.

Things Every Superhero Should Know

How do you build a superhero base?

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