Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
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Axes of Evil

Wikipedia has interesting commentary on BushJr's "Axis of Evil" term.Apparently, Teresa Kerry came up with the term "Asses of Evil" to describeBushJr, Cheney, and Rumsfeld. It also pointed me back at a parodyI saw once, and it was amusing to read it again."Canada, Mexico, and Australia formed the Axis of Nations That AreActually Quite Nice But Secretly Have Nasty Thoughts About America, whileSpain, Scotland, and New Zealand established the Axis of Countries ThatSometimes Ask Sheep to Wear Lipstick."Anoter interesting link from there is the Axis of Medieval..

The glass front, the place we used to despise, to kick, to laugh at,now I work in that shop, old and wrinkled, and I look out, eyes sad,at the modern versions of my youth...

The marble temple, I pay another visit... imagining the fresh feel of wind onmy cheeks, the quietness I have embued with the Parthenon... I wait for it toload... and frown..

Warning: Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket'/tmp/mysql.sock' (146) in /www/htdocs/vr/php/parthenon.inc on line 73Database error: pconnect(localhost, nobody, $Password) failed.MySQL Error: ()Session halted.

My moment of Zen, denied because of a database error... I guess I'llgo somewhere else...

Yeah.. some more explorations of emotions, thoughts, realities, etc.

Note that this is partly a restatement of things I've talked about before..Some thoughts.. there's a fundamental difference between four general styles ofweb development I'm now aware of. The first style is content-focused,laying out the content fairly minimally with one's HTML tags, with an eye tomaintenance, cleanliness, and simplicity. Any nod to appearance is generallyslight, and pages like this generally have a spartan look. My webpagecurrently looks like this. If you view the source to my pages, you'll find thatit's a really good way to learn HTML. It does, however, have a kind of spartan(minimalistic) look. Webpages that do this tend to look the same in all browsers.The second style focuses on presentation, using blank images of varying sizesto force the browser to render it with very precise looks. Sites designed thisway tend to look professional, but they're also fragile, giving birth to thenotion of webpages that only display well on one browser, and with certainbrowser widths. Their code is also usually horrible to look at. MTV is, or at least was,the canonical example of this kind of site.The third style, and one which I only recently have become aware of, is theCSS-centric style. CSS is a language that allows for fairly precise specificationof the properties of elements of a page. It's possible to use it for smallthings, keeping one of the above styles. However, it's also possible to make itcentral to page design. It's possible to tell a webpage that really is in thestyle, as it tends to use the DIV tag (which is kind of a generic blocking tagthat's not really useful without CSS) for almost everything, avoiding TABLEs,FRAMEs, and often avoiding even bolding, underlining, and similar in HTML.The advantage? CSS is object oriented, and in the CSS section of a document,you can set all the properties for a CSS class or unique object (includingprecise positioning, subelements, etc), leaving in the code just the objectand its content. This flexibility lets the page essentially be a list ofobjects and properties, allowing the content of a page to easily be shaped byCSS from a different document (with CGI or similar, it might even vary as perthe user, allowing more powerful themes than most sophisticated database-driven sites).The fourth style, which can be mixed to a degree with any of the first three,focuses on an application server/database/deep CGIs to generate its content.It in theory offers complete flexibility as to the content delivered to theuser, but each bit of flexibility implemented this way has a high complexitycost. Some ways to do the fourth style are more complex than others, however,and things such as Jakarta/Tomcat's custom tag libraries can complement orreplace several parts of CSS, on the server side instead of the client. Thedivision between the client and the server in web languages is as deep andinteresting as that between compile-time and run-time information inprogramming, and the distinction greatly shapes the discussion.

This is hellishly cool.You can also check to see what your neighbors/friends/family have been up toon the funding front.

Finally, I learned about the -t flag to strace today. Nice.

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