Color Shuffles

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the iPod Shuffle in color.

Wow. Apple released the iPod shuffle in multiple colors today. I still love my little silver shuffle, though, I can’t lie… these colors are mesmerizing. Add to that, the fact you get the new headphones with these… Man… I love the color switcher they built into the site to play off the different colors.

Will we see an orange iPod nano soon? Or a RED iPod shuffle?

Five more things you (probably) don’t know about me

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I love memes…. Even though I’ve already done this one, I figured: “What could answering this one more time hurt?” Thanks for the tag, Senia.

  1. I used to wrestle in high school. I was in the Heavyweight division (215-275lbs). During my tenth grade year, I was wrestling a kid from Menchville High School in a tournament and broke his leg to win the gold medal. Said kid beat me in my first ever match months prior to our rematch. Beating him (in this way) was bittersweet.
  2. I broke my arm when I was four. I was jumping on some boxes … specifically one containing a box spring mattress, and fell on a stone with my elbow.
  3. I’m way into Heroes. Matter of fact, I started contributing posts to The 10th Wonder because I love the show so much. You should check that site out… I love it.
  4. I lived in Germany for eight years, and all I learned while I was there was how to say the curse words.
  5. I’m not really that great with words… I’m bad at communicating. (Imagine that!) But it’s something I’m trying desperately to work on.

QuickBits

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Housecleaning

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I’ve been messing with the site a bit, so if things look screwed up, forgive me.

Seeing as this isn’t that far of a departure from what I already had on this site, I’m considering this Version 13.1.0. I’m trying to clean up my templates, add some additional functionality that I’ve been missing, and add little enhancements here and there.

Right now, I’m adding a number of customizations that would be considered transcendent css… It’ll make the browsing experience in modern browsers a lot better than if you’re still using Internet Explorer 6, Netscape 6 or lower, etc. The decision to go this route was dictated by browsing statistics on the site. Most people that come here use Firefox and/or Safari. Yes, IE accounts for a significant part of the traffic, but honestly… if you’re still using an older version of IE it’s time to upgrade. You’ll still be able to access the content here even if you’re using an older browser, but things might look a bit messed up. Take the good with the bad, I suppose…

This is Phase 1… Phase 2 will include the switch over to the Sandbox theme framework. Sandbox supports rich semantic markup, microformats, etc. and I can’t think of a reason not to use it… I’ve already started the process of converting the site over to Sandbox, so you can expect that switch to be made soon. The decision behind this switch is based on making the site more forward compatible. Mozilla has already announced that Firefox 3 will have built-in support for microformats. I hope the Internet Explorer team will follow suit with IE8. We’ll see.

Cornered

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On Monday, Kim and I found out that we’re being forced to move. Fortunately, it’s only a minor move that only entails us changing our physical address. Since we moved into our new home in June, we’ve lived under the assumption that we lived on Niagra Falls – the street the front of our house faces. Unfortunately, Columbia Count had other things in mind. Evidently, because our driveway faces Rainbow Falls our address actually belongs on that street. The reason – we were told – for this decision, had to do with emergency services. All homes are to have addresses on the road their driveway faces… This makes it easier for the Fire Department, Police, etc. to find your home. I guess there’s no arguing with that logic.

So, we now get to deal with changing our address on everything

I Wish I Had Written This

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Fabulous post over at NO!SPEC:

To those who are looking for someone to do work for free… please wake up and join the real world

Every day, there are more and more CL posts seeking “artists” for everything from auto graphics to comic books to corporate logo designs. More people are finding themselves in need of some form of illustrative service.

But what they’re NOT doing, unfortunately, is realizing how rare someone with these particular talents can be.

To those who are “seeking artists”, let me ask you; How many people do you know, personally, with the talent and skill to perform the services you need? A dozen? Five? One? …none?

More than likely, you don’t know any. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be posting on craigslist to find them.

And this is not really a surprise.

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Looking Back

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I first started using this site as a blog in 2001. It wasn’t anything special. I did everything by hand. There was no RSS feed. At one point I developed a ColdFusion-based application that let me post “news articles” to the site, but never really did anything with it.

Before 2001, the site served as an online portfolio only. I used it to post previews of work I had done, and used it to land a couple of jobs. But cdharrison.com was not my first website. My first site was actually on Geocities. I stress “was” because the site was hacked after I ticked some people off in the chatrooms… but anyways… I don’t really need to go into all of that. (One of these days, I will get around to at least snapping some screenshots of some of the older designs…)
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Registration

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I have had registration turned off for quite some time, partly because I had a spammer register as a Subscriber back when I first started using WordPress… After reconsidering it, I’ve decided to turn this feature back on. I know several folks like to comment here fairly often and here’s your chance to become a “Subscriber” on the site. If you’d like to become a subscriber, click here to register.

I may open up the site to allow some guest writers if there’s an interest. I tend to write about a lot of different things… and I’d be interested in opening things up a bit to get some more variation here.