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 2002.04.17

finally feeling better after a week or so with some odd flu like thing. ugh.

while jan has been soaking up everything she can about personality types, i have been reading up on type of an altogether different type. i would especially like to point(again) to christopher robbins' excellent articles over at webactism. most recently he has written about the differences between print and the web; with a closer look at how a font's character changes at different sizes.

elsewhere in the land of blog: brig does her best to keep the historical weblog record straight over at eatonweb; sylvain carle's a frog in the valley is a great bilingual tech-focused blog; and new media and pop culture author douglas rushkoff has started a weblog.

john “google obsession” hiler of microcontent wrote a little follow up on the text not bombs post below. john's insightful articles about blogs, google and journalism are quite fascinating; the man's got his finger on the pulse of this stuff.

and now i must go and see if my bicycle, which has sat neglected and exposed to the elements all winter, can be rescued and put to good use.

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 2002.04.12

TEXT NOT BOMBS

in an earlier post, i mentioned some methods you can use to get a site to come up higher in the search results at google(or almost any other search engine for that matter). nothing new or groundbreaking, just some simple use of text. but in the shadow of pageRank and googlebombs these simple things are often overlooked even though they work very well.

i offered these suggestions to my friend brig, along with some advice specific to the site she was working on. after the latest crawl and re-indexing by google, santacruzrealty.net has gone from number thirty-eight to the number one spot on google when you search for “santa cruz real estate.” during the same period her site did gather a couple more inbound links, so it is not possible to attribute all of the gain to these methods, but i am quite confident that they did have a substantial impact.

and so once again, some tips on text:

because logos and title banners are so widespread the alt text you choose can have a very big impact. search google for logo and you will see that by using that word in your alt text puts your page up against about 20 million other pages which use that word.

you also want to be consistent in the phrases you use. it may get a bit repetitive, but the search engines like that, up to a point. if the <title> and the first bit of text in your page both match the search phrase you are trying to key in on, you should have excellent results.

finally, spelling is important. as we all know there are definately a lot of spelling mistakes on the web; none of them will help you get found.

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 2002.04.11

“We're sort of in the Hegelian synthesis of figuring out where the products go once they've encountered the reality of the marketplace.”

microsoft dumps hailstorm.

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 2002.04.05

i'm sorry, but i'd rather die than not be able to read.

from the journal of difficult to reproduce events: fixed div + drop down menu + opera6.01/win95 =

oops that one's going over the fence! it's out of the ballpark folks!

this doesn't happen every time, but it sure is freaky when it does happen. (you may want to view these screen shots on the archives page, where you won't have those annoying title divs blocking your view.) a simplified test page is in the works. {note to self: the combo box also drops by one px when page is scrolled}

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 2002.04.04

nofont, an experiment with words, communication, typography and letterforms. yum.

here's another interesting typography site, this time in french. i particularly liked their little history section.

it's interesting how many typography related sites depend on flash technology — it highlights one of the big limitations of html/css. then again, this is actually one of the great strengths of html/css — the exchange of written content is not dependent on stylistic elements. and that's why this site is best viewed in lynx 2.8.3.

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 2002.04.01

so, this morning i went over to dmoz to look for something. when the page loaded i freaked - the microsoft directory project? copyright bill gates? took me a minute to remember what day it is. heh - that was funny. it looks like other people have noticed, dmoz is getting crushed under a heavy load now(9:30 am).

oh yes! this makes today a very good day indeed:

w3c is pleased to announce w3c mailing list search services. olivier thereaux of the w3c systems team developed the services based on namazu, a full text search engine.
here's the press release.

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