now that’s more like it — pinstripe for mozilla.

oh dear, poor christopher robbins is experiencing severe technical difficulties at grographics. this most unfortunate circumstance appears to be a problem with the hosting service and not one of those nasty domain name screwups. it is hoped that the problems will be resolved without delay.

our main strategy is to convince people that we do stuff they can't do themselves, and that we deserve lots of money for it.

the best way to do this is to always look good, and always sound like we know something you don't.

if you're still not convinced, we'll show you lots of market research and cost analysis and global positioning strategy reports to confuse you and hopefully convince you that we're so knowledgeable you couldn't possibly succeed without us.

because you can't. so don't even try.


and now we move in for the lock - hypertext pisstanks



look elsewhere



today's project — hacking chimera

userContent.css goes in ~/Library/Application Support /Chimera/Profiles/default/*saltedname*.slt/chrome/
along with this little image(or one of your own choosing)
envelope for mailto: links

and user.js goes into ~/Library/Application Support /Chimera/Profiles/default/*saltedname*.slt/
alongside your prefs.js file. if you like, all three files can be downloaded as a neat little tarball.

what's being done here? well, userContent.css is a stylesheet that will be applied to all pages you view in chimera. it is a normal css file, so if you are familiar with css you can play around with this file to suit your own preferences. in it i have placed a rule which blocks the display of advertisements from some of the more widely used ad services(you may want to read this for a less severe alternative). also included are two rules that block some of the more annoying flash ads(thanks to michel). last but not least there is a rule that inserts the little envelope image in front of any mailto: links. this helps if you're bothered by having your email client open up whenever you inadvertently click on a mailto: link, thinking it was just a normal link. thanks to micah for that last one.

with user.js you can set some of the preferences that are not accessible through the chimera ui. in my file, there are settings to disable web bugs, show history in the side drawer, control image animation mode, enable http pipelining(this speeds up page loading in most circumstances), cause long lines to wrap when doing a view source and an option to disable the disk cache.

finally, let’s kill that splash screen. open the terminal and perform the following operations:

cd /Aplications/Navigator/Contents/Resources
rm splash.tif
touch splash.tif

first we move into chimera(aka navigator)'s resources directory. then we remove(rm) the splash screen image file. however, chimera will be looking for this file next time you open the program and will be upset if it can't find it. the touch command is normally used to set the modification and access times of a file to the current date and time. one handy feature of this command is that if the specified file does not exist, touch will create an empty file with the specified name. so touch splash.tif gives us an empty file to keep chimera happy.

more: here, here, and here or here. remember this kids: chimera is mozilla on the inside, not on the outside. if you have a copy of mozilla at hand type about:config to see a full listing of prefs you can mangle.

that's right it’s a poem.(if you are uncertain as to what is being referenced here then it is most likely none of your god damn business.)

for adult use only:

sudo update_prebinding -root /

please consult with your family physicist before embarking.

aha! there you are!



s-weeds is not a weblog — or is it? in some ways it fits the usual definition — a journal of dated observations with links, but s-weeds manages to transcend such a limited scope. equiped with a computer, a scanner, a digital camera and a pair of chinese folding scissors, eva ekeblad has documented the diverse flora(as well as some other oddments) found on daily walks through her neighbourhood. the results of her efforts is an astonishing and intricate web of life.

i’m in the midst of both updating and backdating the site — please stand by

no. yes i’m reading it over again. the dating is indeed confusing, but i think i’ve got it right. why do you think he’s referencing 2003?



since computers allow us to easily map any data set into another set, i often wonder why the artist chose this or that mapping when endless other choices were also possible. even the very best works which use mapping suffer from this fundamental problem. this is the “dark side” of mapping and computer media in general — its built-in angst. by allowing us to map anything into anything else, to construct an infinite number of different interfaces to a media object, to follow infinite trajectories through the object, and so on, computer media simultaneously makes all these choices appear random — unless the artist uses special strategies to motivate his or her choices.

from the anti-sublime ideal in new media by lev manovich.

media + software = meta-media


conference presentation?
[ click ]
what conference presentation?



“but even as the desktop publishers have been repressed by the typocracy, they have sown the seeds for a rebellion against these tyrants. we will liberate typography from the stuffy shackles of classicism and rigid mores of modernism. we will shun too the ironic and forced eclecticism of post-modernism in favor of a valiant and noble design democracy. the delicate crystal goblet of modernism cannot contain the volume and passion of our humanity. we do not seek to create works of grace, sublimity, and legibility. we only answer to the ultimate satisfaction of our own dionysian impulses.”

the above comes from the post typographic manifesto, one of many treats to be found via a careful perusal of typographica

so i grabbed a snap out of one of small’s groovy panos to use for my wallpaper, and i’d show it to you but there's a bunch of them whack finder messages on my desktop at the moment.

sorry that's invisible - i don't do invisible

you ever get those kind of problems? i used to hate dealing with windows explorer, now it’s apple’s finder. buggy piece of crap. two solutions:

  1. use the shell
  2. download coela

coela is a solid little file browser. labels, scripting, the thing even does that window shade trick without having to install something called a haxie. personally i will never ever never install anything called a haxie on my computer. i do have some principles you know. and hey - don’t forget to check out small’s site, the guy is really starting to cook now. maybe some day he'll do something with that blog of his.

does anyone out there know what the heck “dienstag” means? i think it might be german. apparently, casually tossing bits of german into one's english is becoming de rigeur.

some permanent links are less permanent than others

i’m going to pull the plug on this gig sometime in the next couple of weeks. due to my lousy nonexistent budgeting skills, general lack of funds, and more pressing items on my list, i really can’t afford the cost of access. by year’s end this part of the journey will be off line. my appologies to all those who have linked in.

so you think you're smart? maybe you would like to put your money down and take the internet quiz.

speaking of broken links and virtual spaces as navigational metaphors, the college of agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences, at the university of illinois at urbana-champaign has a wonderful virtual town fair(part of their cooperative extension service apparat) which acts as a delightful portal into the internet's past life. through it one can find such gems as zen and the art of the internet from january 1992.



lauren weinstein at wired news sugests icann ought to take another long trip, and just go away.

chatters— thoughtful reflections on privacy, copyright and intellectual property.

dive into mark takes the hixie markup challenge.

tima has put together an excellent summary of last week’s wild and wooly rdf debates: what's wrong with rdf? . an excellent bit of blogging in which he has gathered up the threads from numerous mailing lists and blogs and put it all together in a balanced and coherent format.

me, i'm still scratching my head and wondering: rdf, what's it good for?



“increasingly incompetent developers are creeping their way into important projects. considering that most good programmers are pretty bad at security, bad programmers with roles in important projects are guaranteed to doom the world to oblivion. the author feels that a step toward washing himself clean of responsibility is by writing this document. checking your memcpy() and malloc() calls have been lectured to death. it's not working. the approach used by this document is to instead shame developers into producing better systems. enjoy.”

hear ye. hear ye. michael bacarella of netgraft goes on a tear. a straight and passionate call to developers - not to tweak their code this way or that way. but to actually give a shit about the importance of what it is they are doing.

“you say you're a gifted programmer who can handle pointers like an artisan? great. tell that to the other 50,000 gifted programmers who write shit. shit that can endanger businesses, careers, lives, etc. when the revolution comes, your kind will be the first against the wall. use a high level language.”


“the reason i am involved with technology is because i want to make the world a better place. you can't believe how discouraging it is to go into this field and see that most people don't care about what they're doing. technology is engulfing more of our lives, it is our responsibility to make sure that it's safe and secure. .”


OS X 10.2.2 update.

here's another look up bookmarklet, this time for getting definitions from merriam-webster.


this will look up a word selected on the page your viewing, or if nothing is selected it will prompt you for the word. again, code based on dave lindquist's anatomy of a bookmarklet. i'm working out a full set of bookmarklets for bartleby — look for it to be ready in a couple of days.

the power is out here due to an electrical storm, but the phone line is up and the ibook is on battery - so we blog on!

who likes their satay strict?



flash satay at ala - valid xhtml with embedded flash content. some fine thinking going on here; lean, clean markup, a dash of ActionScript — yummy.

adrian holovaty has put together a nice little tool: GetContentSize. it's an application that will strip all the HTML, JavaScript and CSS, and determine how much of the document is actual text, return some figures and the bare text. some examples showing text content as a percentage of total page size:



well i've been looking for this for awhile and, having not been able to find one, i made one myself: a bookmarklet for cleaning up ampersands in URLs. naked ampersands in URLs can be a real pain in the neck for people who are striving to author webpages and want to stay on good terms with the validators. when used this bookmarklet will take the URL of the page you are currently viewing and change all the &'s into &'s and return a prompt dialog with the cleaned up URL in the input box. you can then easily copy it to your clipboard for use elsewhere.


important note: when you bookmark this link, your browser is likely to convert the & in the code into an &! to make sure you get it right here is the code for the bookmarklet with the potential problem bit highlighted in red:

javascript:void((function(){var smut, neat; smut=location.href; neat=smut.replace(/&/g,'&'); prompt ('This is the cleaned URL.', neat)})())

(tip: if you hover over the link you'll see the change in the status bar of your browser)

you will need to manually edit the address/location value of the bookmarklet to correct this, otherwise it will just change the &'s into &'s - and that wouldn't be very useful.

oh yes, an example to test it out on: here's a thread at slashdot with seven &'s in the URL - go nuts.



battle of the browsers at macworld



Date: Tue Nov 05, 3198 01:17:45 PM
Subject: Provide the bucket of various hygiene class stainless steel milk for you

there are advantages to not filtering all the spam.



wtf - blackpeopleloveus.com ?

whois blackpeopleloveus.com ?

who is jonah peretti ?



some useful information about working with fonts in os x

after reading dave lindquist's anatomy of a bookmarklet i decided to take his google search example and make myself a bookmarklet for my favourite online reference - xrefer. xrefer is an online lookup tool that will match your querry against an incredible list of top notch reference books. feel free to bookmark the link below or drag it to your browser's personal toolbar.

search xrefer

highlight some text on a webpage, click on the bookmark and the highlighted text will be sent to xrefer for instant lookup. go ahead, give it a try. oh - you want a word to look up? how about: acephalous.

arts & letters daily, which for a short spell became philosophy & literature daily, is once again arts & letters daily. details here.

canada forces washington to back down on vetting.

and here is the ccTLD communique from shanghai.


all original content is free for the taking.
help yourself.