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Intermissum est spectaculum

“Interim iugulentur homines, ne nihil agatur.”

I should be honest with myself here. I don’t really care much anymore about this site. It’s too bad. I have some funny stories on here, and people still visit it, according to statistics I don’t even want to know how they are gathered. I don’t really feel like ranting about web standards or design anymore. Sure, this thing is still a soapbox. Still my pedestal. I got it years ago, and it’s still clearly recognisable as a pedestal, but I don’t feel any performance urge anymore.

Not that the artist has died, or that the audience left. Just that the podium doesn’t feel right for me anymore. I started this blog exactly to rant about things, mainly design and standards, and, well, it did get me places. And thanks to all of you who made that possible. I did get places, absolutely. How much use is a soapbox labelled “ranting” worth, however, when you don’t rant anymore? When all you do is tell people long-winded short stories? I guess that doesn’t matter. I feel less at home here than I used to.

For the sake of clause completeness, I will not say I’m killing this site or leaving it behind forever. I might return, but I shall not bear the green robe that has graced this web presence for so long now, or the orange and the grunge before it. When I return, I will return with different intentions and a different face. For further reading, I refer you to my other faces: my twice-a-week photoblog, my short-form blog and my Flickr photo stream.

Thank you. It has been a good reign, but it has to end sometime. For now, stay strong, grow stronger, remain excited, do your things and do them well.

(Not A) Retrospective

Like so many people, I could go on and on about what has happened to me in the past year. My successes (plenty, of course), my failures (o so few, natch) and my other assorted activities. But no one cares and no one should. Even worse: resolutions. Just do it. Don’t use a change of yeary digits as an excuse. Just make change happen.

So how was 2007 for your author? Quite dandy, thanks. I would much rather point you to ongoing things instead of talking about what has ended. For example, a maecenate-ish photography project, my frequently-updated photo stream on Flickr or perhaps this thing I’m attending.

YMMV. Happy New Year and good luck doing stuff or something.

Smashing Bupkis

  • My old-time readers (hello, how have you been, care for a drink) may recall an article I wrote about something I called Scrolling Drop Shadows. The only real complaint I got was that it didn’t work in IE (”duh”), but after a whopping 28 months, even IE can be fed with the sexy shadows. Kudos to Stefan for tackling it using just (slightly treif) CSS.
  • For those of you who haven’t yet, go read Isaac Asimov’s The Last Question. It deals with entropy and AI and the limits of the philosophy behind all of that. Surprise ending as well; an obligatory read.
  • Several things are brooding, and among the several are my birthday (Thursday, everybody; don’t send cake if you live more than a day away!) and something with music (hm, where to look for music, things with music, musical tastes; I wonder). I might release an EP of it, if my friends like it enough. (Whack me in the head if I fail to keep you updated.)
  • As always, I made some slight modifications to the stylesheets that keep this site together. I think it would be cool if we could democratise this process a little, though. So hereby I state: if you have any suggestions that could improve this site—readability, usability, layout, anything—do tell me. The comment field is fine (I have no ego issues), but the more discreet among you may contact me personally. It’s okay. I won’t tell anyone.1
  1. Though maybe it is time for, I dunno, Zooiblog Readers Anonymous. Those’ll be lonely meetings.