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Viagra, Just Like Mama Warned May 27, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam.

“You’ll go blind,” warned many boys’ mothers and grandmothers in the old days. That’s how I planned on leading into this until a web search revealed the obvious has already been written by Drudge and a slew of blogs, newspapers, radio shows.. well, hell. This either makes me a cow in the blog herd or a retainer of rules learned when writing for newspapers.

Here’s a list of sites with the Viagra topic already covered, saving me a little time and a little more bandwidth:

BBC News

Note: a google search for “viagra blindness” also pulled up a fair share of sites offering to sell cheap viagra using the same keywords. Apparently, some think it’s a small price to pay for good sex and others don’t see a problem in making an extra buck off a serious risk.

Me, I’m waiting for more information. Yes, I am a woman, but I have taken the blue pill before and rather enjoyed the blue-glow-light effect. I must’ve had sex at some point but I spent most of the time blinking at the bedside lamp.


The Battle of the Browsers & Favicons May 25, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam, Internet.
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I know about favicons.. really! The little critters are as common now as ellipses in this post. They’re everywhere; all the best sites have them, you know. Until today I just didn’t want to bother with them but after my bookmarks started resembling a Mardi Gras parade, shame forced me to build my own. Here’s how I did it, for those out there who don’t know how. Better yet, I’ll save my fingers for paying gigs and just send you to a real expert. PhotoMatt, you did a fine job explaining the particulars about faviconning, but what’s with that nasty Smiley Central banner ad at the top of the page? (Crapware alert!) I know Google puts it there, maybe my real gripe is with them, instead of you. My apologies, but damnnnn, I loathe that little piece of shit malware. Now, I’ve gone and digressed. Back to the topic: I made my own favicon using Theodore Patrick’s Icon Builder (which looks like this: ), inserted the correct code, uploaded, smushed, tweaked and wasted most of the morning playing with it instead of working. But, it’s done.. time for browser test! Yayy! First was Firefox, which shouldn’t be because the world revolves around I.E. but I’ve grown to love that browser enough to give it first view of my fancy new icon. Of course, it worked.. it’s Firefox, right? Yep, yep yep. Netscape also loaded it up. Cool, this is going great. Time for the uber-important I.E. test. It went something like this: 1. Typed in http://sparktown.com/blog.htm 2. Page loaded after a couple of naggy warning boxes I don’t feel like editing in Preferences. 3. No icon. Dadgummit. 4. F5.. 5. F5.. 6. F5.. 7. F…sigh. 8. Cleaned out the cache, checked my spelling.. still no icon. 9. Desperation setting in, checked Microsoft’s site for info and learned the page has to be bookmarked before favicons work. 10. Closed down I.E., reopened Firefox and grinned at my silly icon. I didn’t bother with Netscape, the default skin clashes with my icon (!!) and I don’t use it enough to change it. After a minute or so I started mentally picking apart the favicon.. guess I’ll be making Leita’s Favicon ver1.02 soon. Finally: show off a little and send a link to a pal. Ten minutes spent explaining what a favicon was only to find she was on AOL’s browser which doesn’t show them at all. So, random reader, if you’re viewing this on AOL, stop, open up a real browser and see what you’ve been missing all this time. When done, feel free to return to AOL’s browser and you’re regularly scheduled browsing. Just don’t click on those smiley banners, okay?

Fun and games with UTCs May 25, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam.
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UTCs I’d like to visit:

[UTC-08:00] America/Dawson-Creek – I never watch the show, but I’d like to go there anyway.

[UTC+12:00] Anartica/South Pole – Is there anyone down there writing blogs? If so, send me a note.

[UTC+12:00] Pacific/Fiji – Here’s where the South Pole folks should vacation, same UTC (Road trip, anyone?)

[UTC+07:00] Indian/Christmas – The merriest of time zones

At the top of the list:

[UTC+14:00] – Pacific/Kiritimati

And at the bottom:

[UTC-12:00] ETC/GMT+12 – Surely there’s someone down there?

[UTC-00:00] Zulu – Riding down the middle of time zone road.

Next time you need to set your time zone, take a moment and scan through those codes. Vienna and Rome, Australia and New Zealand…as the song says, it’s a big o’ goofy world.

Every blog/dev/trade mag/design guru says.. May 15, 2005

Posted by Leita in Browsers, Flotsam/Jetsam, Internet.

… to toss out IE and start using Mozzie’s Firefox, instead. So, I did. The tiny file size got my attention (insert the file sizes of all the major browsers Here with a link to each one to back up the statement.. eh, maybe later). When a new gadget can make me grin and nod before its downloaded, it’s gotta be good, right?

Searching for Ajax May 13, 2005

Posted by Leita in Internet.
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This is embarrasing. After reading the ups and downs of Ajax, I tried finding the site where I can download a trial version. Lord help me.

Kate.. college queen May 12, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam.
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My darlin’ friend Kate is graduating in July. I feel like a proud mama.

More later.