Archive for November, 2006

SF Book club top 50 meme

Friday, November 24th, 2006

There is a meme going round the science fiction and fantasy bloggers, and after realising how many of the books I have actually read, I thought I would pick it up, even though I haven’t read that much in the past 15 years.

Via Jonathan, even though he has not done it yet. The list is the top 50 science fiction and fantasy books from 1953 to 2002 according to the SF Book Club. Bold the books you have read, strike through the books you hated, and as this is a blog, what would be a list without editorial comments.

Changes to copyright for this blog.

Monday, November 20th, 2006

If you ever read my old copyright statement you found that I was very relaxed about the reuse of my content and released it under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.

However, after seeing some of my content has turned up on splogs and I think splogs are evil and the bane of bloggers, I thought I should take the first step and change my copyright to Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.

If you can find a commercial use for my content, let me know and I will give you permission, unless you are intend to use it to just generate advertising revenue or for search engine manipulation.

Joe Clark finds me patronising

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Joe Clark finds me patronising

Joe Clark is using micropatronage to support the funding of a research project. Micropatronage is getting lots of small donations from many people. If you participate you will not be funding the Open and Closed Project, but supporting Joe as he tries to raise the money some $7 million dollars canadian for the life of the project (or at least CA$400,000 for the first year).

I participated, not because I am friends with Joe. From what I know about Joe, if we physically meet, violence (of a verbal nature) is the most likely outcome. But because I believe in what the Open and Closed Project is trying to do write standards for captioning, audio description, subtitling, and dubbing. And know that Joe is passionate about the cause and is the best person for the task.

Fitness or lack of it

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

After a week on excessive alcohol, nicotine (I do not normally smoke) and caffeine at WD06, I have been slack about cycling to work. It was not until Miles Burke at port:80 meeting mention that he was regularly going to the gym, I finally got back to cycling to and from work. The results were:

Flash, browsers, OSes & accessibility

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

aka things I learnt this week part 2

I am currently reading Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance and I am learning a few interesting things. I have been selectively reading chapters, the chapter I have found most interesting so far is Accessible Flash. Which says for flash to be accessible to a screen reader, the user must have:

the button element and IE

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

aka things I learnt this week part 1

A feature of IE I did not know existed till reading the comments on Aaron Gustafson’s Push My Button at Digital Web Magazine was that when a button is submitted in a form, all other browser submit the value you assigned, except IE which submits the innertext.