Hi! This is Mooquackwooftweetmeow, a collection of stuff by Greg K Nicholson.
Yesterday, I bought some clothes—reasonably priced(!)—from Marks & Spencer (one pair of jeans @ £9.50; two T-shirts @ £3.50 & £3.00 respectively); I also listened to a Nine Inch Nails record—and liked it.
Either that or they're crap journalists. Or their technology editor's wholly unknowledgeable (which really amounts to the same).
With the furore over the BBC's unfair use of DRM in its iPlayer, one would expect them to know what DRM was. Apparently, they don't.
How much power would we save if every single Num Lock light in the world suddenly ceased to function?
I came across The Ethical Blogger at …Blogger, and was reminded (via a quote from the New Yorker) that writers from the United States seem to enjoy using “American” as an apparently-meaningless adjective before almost any noun at random—which is jarring for English-speakers who aren't from the United States, particularly when the topic at hand isn't specifically American.
Have you ever seen Huw Edwards wearing a pink ribbon?
Given that hydrogen fuel cells can be used to run cars, why not use them to run power stations?
I just noticed how similar the colour scheme at the Friday Fetch-it is to that of BrooklynVegan—this wasn't intentional. I actually picked the colour from Shingai Shoniwa's socks:
Refuse to comment on anything rated 8 out of 10.
If I wanted to spend the new year being reclusive, I'd start playing Homogenic at 23:21:01, so that Pluto ends at midnight.
The Stupid shouldn't be there; Keep It Suitably Simple is much better, and even provides the requisite two Ss for the acronym.
I'm off back to York today; I'll be back on the Internet ...at some point.
Seems it's possible to add your entire iTunes music library to the Party Shuffle just by misdragging the Library icon into the main window.
This may be running the risk of descending into linkblog territory, but anyway: this article about hidden settings in Mac OS X Tiger includes a nice reference to Eddie Izzard. The screenshot for the bit about spellchecking in a second language uses Le singe est dans l'arbre as a sample French phrase.
I'm often amazed by how many screenshots of Firefox include a critical update icon. A red disc in the top-right of the browser window means there is a critical update to Firefox available and that you should upgrade immediately.
In the category of Changeblog: The archive is getting increasingly heavy, so I've knocked up a Recent Entries page.
It's been on my to-do list since Rakaz published his guide to moving from Atom 0.3 to Atom 1.0, but now I've modified the Mooquackwhatnotbot to produce an Atom 1.0 feed.
They finally found it - again - another tenth planet, this time unnamed but temporarily designated 2003 UB313. It was also announced yesterday that 2003 EL61 may be roughly 70% Pluto's size.
I've killed the Style Switcher - see? It's just an empty shell of a page. This is mainly because I've killed the multiple styleage.
Whoever wrote the Google Gulp FAQ evidently doesn't unmaximise their browser very often and decided to size the main content column in pixels.
An email I just received contains the following as part of the small-print at the bottom:
Covering news is generally a bad idea; news should be reported, there should perhaps be a little analysis from experts, but then that should be it. Unless new information or further developments arise, news programmes and channels shouldn't dwell on what we already know.
I was going to entitle this entry Mozillanea but realised that was intensely naff.
OK, so I spent the last hour designing Sirius' logo. It is quite difficult to come up with distinct designs that look like stars and are viewable on a light background... so I've slightly cheated.
There she stood in the street, smiling from her head to her feet.
I've just got the backbone of the next version of Mooquackwooftweetmeow working.
I just remembered XHTML ids aren't allowed to begin with numbers, so it's probably not a good idea to give weblog entries permalinks like mine.
A quick request of everyone who writes web pages, especially weblogs, or who designs web page templates:
For those of us who don't fancy the psychological side-effects of cannabis, but want to see what all the fuss is about, I've devised the following pseudo-stonedness induction technique (PSIT):
It seems Google forgot to do their homework - gmail.co.uk
From El Reg, In the tape, the Userland owner says he has no plans to host websites ever again - although this is probably a moot point, as no one will ever trust him to host websites again.
I have one fairly major complaint about Gmail's web interface - you can't open multiple emails in tabs by middle-clicking. (Pot+kettle sidenote: one can't middle-click links in this weblog either, but that's an XSLT fault in Gecko.) In fact, it seems the links one clicks to open emails aren't really links at all (right-clicking offers no Open Link in New Tab/Window options). This would put me right off using Gmail permanently.
After my unexpected Gmaily fortune yesterday (every mention of which must be suffixed by thanks Jeff), I just got the offer of another Gmail invite, from none other than Asa Dotzler. In fact, Asa was only a few hours behind Jeff (hard luck, Asa :) ).
I've just received a Gmail invite from Jeff Walden. [insert your favourite deity/expletive] knows why he chose to send me one in particular - all I can say is thanks!
(Thanks to DxF,) I've just discovered SomaFM and I can confirm that indie pop does indeed rock.
If you've ever visited msn.com, you'll probably have a couple of cookies from them stored by your browser. Whilst perusing my stored cookies just now, I found one from there entitled MSNADS.
Qute, Firefox's old default theme (and Thunderbird's soon-to-be-retired default theme) doesn't have borders on its toolbars (at least in the latest Firefox version; see also the Qute FAQ). Winstripe, the new default theme, does. Personally, I prefer no-borders - it looks cleaner.
SCO Grows Your Business, apparently. Using some kind of crazy business-compost? And a business-plantpot? Do they have business-gardeners to make sure your business is growing well?
Firefox's New Tab button looks like a slice of toast sitting in a toaster - with an overlaid plus symbol, of course.
I've been using Winstripe for a couple of hours now, and I'm surprised to report that it's passable. Crazy, eh?
Redesigns, anyone? Looks like fun.
Last night version 1.0 of The Twaddle went live. It uses arbitrary XML and XSLT to generate valid XHTML pages... offline.
The Twaddle v0.21 is up. It now has multiple, user-choosable themes; the current options are the three (modern) themes that have already been published - Forest, St. George and Yellow Sky, plus the Default theme, currently Yellow Sky.
I've read articles about CSS design theft before - I never thought I'd be a victim.
Mozilla browsers have long had an easter egg whereby if you enter about:mozilla into the location bar, you're presented with a nice quote from the Book of Mozilla.
I'm on ntl:broadband - mint!
Aren't foreign websites funny? slaap lekker!
I did manage to get the XML+XSL-based jiggery-pokery for The Twaddle working - quite nicely, actually. Getting the entire contents of the content field onto the page took a little bit of effort, as described on the mozillaZine forums.
Evidently Opera doesn't like XSL - this weblog shows up as a lot of plain text with the odd URL chucked in. The question is whether I care.
As a prelude to some major back-end renovation I'm planning for The Twaddle, I decided to see if I could get Internet Explorer 6 to display this XSL-ified weblog nicely, not accounting for IE-unsupported CSS (which is already taken care of at The Twaddle). Previously, IE displayed the DOCTYPE declaration as plain text at the top of the page; using strategic HTML commenting, I've managed to prevent it from doing so.
This sort of thing should be better publicised. (By the way, I think that's his serious face.)
While perusing this weblog at this ridiculous hour, I happened to follow my (text) link to the April Fools' Day thread on The Twaddle Forums, whereupon (oh, yeah!) I saw this most ridiculous quote from my cousin, who likes to call himself bob:
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to take the plunge and install Mandrakelinux (10.0 Community) on my Windows XP box, for some dual-booting fun. Mandrake installed remarkably easily, and I found I could easily access my Windows documents from Linux.
Only kidding - it's not really.
The press release is now online, as is Mike Brown's Sedna page, at http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/Media/releases/ssc2004-05/ and http://www.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/sedna/ respectively. Right then - Sedna isn't a planet - it's not even a Kuiper Belt Object. According to Mike Brown, the Kuiper Belt has a fairly sharp edge at 50AU (1 Astronomical Unit is the distance from Earth to the Sun, 150 Gm); Sedna comes no closer than 70AU. The appropriate term for Sedna is Inner Oort Cloud Object (and I'd like to take this opportunity to lay claim to the acronym IOCO).
Well, they finally found it, Planet X, a.k.a. Sedna. Of course, if it is decided that it is actually a planet, the name will have to be changed to a Roman god. Sedna is the Inuit goddess of the ocean, and the Roman god of the ocean - Neptune - is already taken.
I'm now using the aforementioned RSS Reader to read this weblog. So it has to be valid Atom, the content must validate when RSSified, and still validate when XHTMLified. Thus, to save hassle relating to escape characters and other such technicalities, I'm now using straight apostrophes as quotes. It's ugly, but it works.
Since the demise of the free FeedDemon betas, I'd been using Sharpreader or Wildgrape NewsDesk (depending on what mood I was in) to read RSS feeds. Neither was perfect, but I'd settled on Sharpreader, despite the oh-so-slow notification pop-ups (this on a 2.5GHz machine...). But today I thought I'd give the RSS Reader Panel for Firefox (http://texturizer.net/firefox/extensions/#rssreaderpanel) another try. Guess what? It's pretty good. The Open In Contents Area option now produces a spiffy-looking display, with the option of customising the CSS used (so you can't complain even if you don't like it).
Multiple-desktop-ery is allegedly a somewhat standard feature of Linux desktops; here on Windows, however, it's incredibly cool. Two desktop multifiers for Windows that I've recently used are DoubleDesktop (http://www.fatfreesoft.com/) and VirtuaWin (http://virtuawin.sf.net/).
A while ago I added a print stylesheet to Mooquackwooftweetmeow; now, The Twaddle's had the same treatment. On Saturday I also gave The Twaddle a site icon, so the site's now approaching Mooquackwooftweetmeow in completeness. Does this mean v1.0 any time soon? Probably not...maybe.
2RSS (http://www.2rss.com/) has a nice converteriser which outputs any Atom feed (such as this one - wink, wink) as RSS, available at http://www.2rss.com/software.php?page=atom2rss So now even if your newsreader isn't Atom-enabled you can still read this weblog; now you've got no excuse.
If you were expecting an entry about a singer, or a female pet or something, you'll be disappointed. I've been having problems with the L and U keys on my (fancy, wireless) keyboard. Turns out the keys can be popped off; after a few minutes fiddling with the pseudo-rubber doings inside, and performing a transplant between L and Esc, all keys now work fine ...as you can probably guess from the fact that I've typed this.
I had been using Microsoft's Wallpaper Powertoy to rotate my desktop backgrounds; I now use Winwall (http://net-session.com/winwall/). The biggest limitation of Microsoft's Powertoy is that it only recognises GIF (boo!), JPEG and BMP images - i.e. not PNGs. Winwall, however, recognises all four formats (and probably more), and its automatic resizing looks much nicer. The program is closed source, but freeware.
Officially, Pluto is a planet. In reality, it's a member of numerous Kuiper Belt objects which orbit the Sun beyond Neptune. When it was found, 74 years ago, Clyde Tombaugh was searching for a planet and so assumed what he had found was one.
I now have my own PURL top-level domain. What in the heck is a PURL top-level domain? PURL stands for Persistant Uniform Resource Locator - an URL is just a normal web address. A PURL is simply a redirect, designed so that it persists indefinitely; I can change what purl.org/mooquackwooftweetmeow/ points to, but the PURL itself never changes. This means that if I ever move to another webhost (which I don't expect to happen very soon), I can point purl.org/mooquackwooftweetmeow/ there instead. This weblog can be found at http://purl.org/mooquackwooftweetmeow/weblog, but unfortunately KlipFolio doesn't understand HTTP redirects. Bugger.
OK, I can't embed an Atom feed in a Klip, but you can view Atom feeds using Klipfolio. Its Feed Reader Klip (http://www.klipfarm.com/farm.php?page=info&klip=916) accepts Atom as well as RSS 2.0 and RDF (RSS 1.0).
Despite an hour of valiant effort, I've been unable to convince Gecko to render XHTML embedded in an Atom feed. I've tried encoding the arrow brackets, various namespace trickery... to no avail. So you're gonna have to put up with plain text URLs, until someone can show me how it's done... anybody?
The 2004-02-09 version of Knoppix (http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/) doesn't seem to want to play nice with my computer. It's probably something to do with Nero's burning of the CD; if it's as good as its proofreading, I've got no chance. A couple of days ago, when writing over a CD-RW, Nero kindly warned me that I might loose some data. Yes, loose, not lose. As in My shirt is quite loose., Did you lose weight?.
The Feed Validator (http://feedvalidator.org) gave me a thumbs-down :( Entries' IDs have to be valid URLs, you see, and I'd been using them as arbitrary labels. I'd also been leeching off these arbitrary labels in order to create anchors in the XHTML representation of the feed; those using a web browser can check they work by clicking this item's title; those using a news aggregator can visit the alternate link; in both cases, the item's title should be at the very top of the browser window.
Here's me thinking Internet Explorer wouldn't display this feed properly! Obviously, it doesn't... but it at least has a go at mangling it, leaving this text (and this) legible. You do get a nice piece of HTML above the title, however.
Sorta got side-tracked there... Anyway, to get around the incorrect MIME type problem (which made Gecko refuse to play ball), I've tagged .xml onto the end of the weblog's files; hopefully that'll satisfy most browsers.
Freewebs is obviously designed to cater for webmasters who've never heard of Jeffrey Zeldman... Like most, if not all, free web hosts, Freewebs use filename extensions to determine what MIME type to serve for a file; this is OK, until they get it wrong. Granted, Atom and XSL aren't the most commonly used file formats on the web but nonetheless Freewebs could bother serving them with the proper MIME types.
Well! It seems that one can't (easily) use an atom feed as klipfood :/ By easily I mean I can't just point it towards the URL and have it automagically work, like it does for RSS. Eh, well... I'm gonna hold the klip back until I can get it assimilating this feed; at the moment it's just a rehash of the RSS feed, intermingled with The Twaddle's RSS feed.
By the way, those URLs in the previous post are just plain text; unless your browser parses plain text URLs, you're just gonna have to copy and paste them for now - I'm not an XML expert and the prospect of digging about trying to force Atom and XHTML to work together to produce links, isn't appealing... maybe later.
That w3schools (http://www.w3schools.com/) is pretty decent. I've now concocted an XSL stylesheet for this feed, so visiting its URL in a (good) web browser should display it as a nice page.
Well, then... this is an atom weblog. Why's it only in atom format? Everything on Mooquackwooftweetmeow is done the old-fashioned way - using the human brain, a plain-text editor, and no PHP, ASP, SQL or any other fanciness. And I don't want to have to copy every entry out into an XHTML page. I'm thinking of having a bash at some XSLT, to automatically generate a fancy front for the weblog; I tried it with the RSS feed, but didn't quite manage it satisfactorily; perhaps my standards are just too high (after all, I am using a free web host).
I once had a drink Or should I say It once had me
Big New Tab Button The newest entry: An add-on for Firefox. It makes the New Tab button bigger.
Into the Fire A selected entry: This entry is not a good idea.
Just Give Me A Back Button Another selected entry: An extension to remove the Forward button from Firefox.