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The first snow

In the Netherlands, we’re used to all kinds of weather. Our summers can be both wet and cold or awfully hot and dry as your average desert. Our autumn this year, however, is one of a kind. Earlier this month, we (nearly?) broke a heat record for the month November, and last Friday, snow set in.

Snow in a developed, Western country like the Netherlands? Apparently a big problem. A total traffic jam length of 800 kilometres, power-outs in parts of the country (Mark, you were lucky) and many many complainers was the result of a bit of snow. The lights in our home were pulsating because they needed our power elsewhere. Cycling was a very silly experience, as you either didn’t move at all while trying to move rapidly or moved much more than you intended. Cars experienced this same issue, judging by the speed they passed our house.

The contrast is particularly lovely: adults groan, children play. Winter’s coming, people!

A short note on small stuff

(Sorry to those who dislike puns, but rest assured, it was highly unintentional.)

The mini is awesome. No words for it. I want to thank those of you who commented on my post requesting recommendations (and you—slightly taking over my Dock with the awesome iconry) and thanks also go to Will, awesome person and employer of sorts. I have been keeping myself rather busy with work and school, and it keeps on going. Various personal projects went on holiday to more restful part of my brain, and they’re likely to stay away for another while. What I will do now, in lieu of doing cool shit, is post a bit about stuff I noticed. Yes, back to the blog basics!

Web 2.0, as “they” like to call it, is booming. The first Ajax Summit is just over and I have to say that I’m impressed. I followed it a bit on Ajaxian and it’s very inspiring.

New designs came like mad, mostly due to a certain reboot the other day. When I get the time (not likely to be soon), I will redesign, or at least restyle a bit. I have the logo now, and I think it works. Andy did a great job and made me realise that my work once again stinks. I really need the time for it, and like I said, it won’t occur soon. But don’t be surprised when it pops up.

I have been reading more than ever. It’s mighty interesting to read the Slashdot interview with Jeffrey Zeldman, almost five years old. The points he made are still true, though our scope has moved a lot. Still worth a (re)read. I’m also totally digging the stories people tend to blather nowadays on their sites, and they keep me going. I shall have to try and promise that my next big post will be one of substance, so what to expect? Exactly, the obvious ones: design, markup and style, semantics, usability, UI, IA and other web pro curmudgeonry ;)

Irony!

Turnip
and add a * html something::after {content:”IE is shit!”;}
Turnip
Oh no…
Turnip
that wouldn’t work :P
Rob
Sad eh.
Turnip
a hack for a feature that wouldn’t work :P
Rob
Irony!

Isn’t it a bitch that we have to deal with these sort of things only to remember that it’s unpossible? Sheesh…

Any of you got any cool paradoxes or ironic jokes/anecdotes/stories? I’m kind of pessimistic tonight, so hit it!