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Aug. 6th, 2007 02:47 pm
apel: (august)
I was supposed to do a bit of research but got stuck in Twitter. It's rather restrictive, as it only gives you  140 characters. Still, could be fun, particularly when you use locations.

If I keep doing it, I'll add a link to my LJ sidebar. I could see it working for keeping up with Kieron when we're in different time zones.

Update: Must remember not to type code into default window on Deepest Sender.
apel: (bunny)
Great article on recovery by Caille Millner, using Gavin Newsom's recent foray into "rehab" as a starting point.

Suzette Haden-Elgin shares her method for writing both fiction and non-fiction in fifteen-minute snippets

The City of San Francisco and the Northeast San Francisco Conservancy are proposing to protect trees vital for the survival of the wild parrots on Telegraph Hill.

The famousest ferret in all the land now has his own set on Flickr. His ferret friend, Kilo, who is less famous but almost as cute, also has one.

The landlord in UK's best known medical district, Harley Street in London, is banning abortion clinics and plastic surgery.

On a lighter note, a Japanese snowplow robot is yellow and looks suspiciously like an anime character.
apel: (my face_through)

Darken
Originally uploaded by Mjausson.
I followed instructions for creating a mosaic out of lots of photos and the result is a Flickr set using various layer modes. The photo here uses the Darken layer mode.
apel: (crocus)
Yew tree and bench with masses of snowdrops
Wallpaper, feel free to use

We went to Painswick Rococo Garden to see the snowdrops. They were out in full force. The gardens themselves are very pretty, with lots of follies and things to see. Both Kieron and I really liked it.

The village is very quaint too and it's less than half an hours drive from Cheltenham. We'll be sure to return later in the year.
apel: (star_thoth)
RAW died in his home in Monterey, CA, today at 4.50, local time.

I remain for ever grateful for the way his books blew away the cobwebs in my heart and mind. Thanks also to [livejournal.com profile] cdybedahl for recommending him to me and lending me some of RAW's books.

"'Tis an ill wind that blows no mind" Malaclypse the Younger
apel: (baaah)
It's official: moose babies are adorable.

A castle with bats as a birthday cake? But of course. And much more. I particularly like the chocolate and marshmallow mushrooms on one of Mary and Casey's wedding cakes.

Black kitten. Because you can never have enough black kitten photos.

If this lap dog grows any more, she'll have to upgrade to a bigger husband.
apel: (mjausson.com)
I've uploaded another page from my Norfolk holiday to my site, mjausson.com. Most of the photos are of a museum railway and seals. As usual, there is a screen saver folder of larger images.

Please take a look and give your feedback, good and bad.
apel: (attention)
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What is charming is how they haven't quite got the multi-linguality right. If you choose EU as your "home country" you get a site in English. Well, mostly anyway. Every now and then some text will be in another language. The privacy notice is in German, the cross-sell message at the bottom of the shopping cart is in Danish and the order confirmation page says:
ORDER CONFIRMATION - STEP 3 OUT OF 3
DIN BESTÄLLNING ÄR MOTTAGEN EN ORDERBEKRÄFTELSE HAR SKICKATS TILL DIN REGISTRERADE E-POSTADRESS.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ORDER.
Very charming, slightly disconcerting. Oh, and don't look at the code. Apparently they haven't quite understood that you can separate content from presentation using this newfangled CSS thing.
apel: (hindi)
The BBC have a very clued-in article about "Hinglish" the mishmash of English with Desi words and constructions. The title is "It's Hinglish, innit?" which may not be very funny, unless you know that British Indians tend to use the British tag phrase "innit?" at the end of sentences that British English would have ended with other tag phrases such as "does it?" or "isn't she?" "Innit?" comes from "isn't it?" which is the phrase that more educated British Indians use (but just as indiscriminately) instead.

Many things can be said about Hinglish. One usage that I've heard a lot but that wasn't mentioned in the article is "long back", which means "a long time ago".

The comment section is worth reading, if only to be delighted at how few people there are who are uptight about British English being "polluted" by outside influences.
apel: (cute)
The Acc Explorer allows you to see which accessibility features are available to Windows in any application, including Flash movies. It is part of the Active Accessibility 2.0 SDK Tools. If you run Windows XP, you want the file named AccExplorer32.exe. Earlier versions of Windows take AccExplorer9x.exe. For obvious reasons there are no versions for other operating systems. It's an executable.

Screen shot of Acc Explorer Select-Window-from-List windowWhen you have opened the application, go to Options and either Choose Window from List or Select Window with Mouse. Acc Explorer will then take a moment or two to build a tree of the accessibility features present in the window you chose. Screen shot of Acc Explorer Select-Window-with-Mouse window

Once this is done, the tree structure of the application will appear on the left and the properties of the currently highlighted node are shown on the right.


screenshot of Accessibility Explorer )

From an accessibility point of view the most interesting properties are:
Name and description: These can be read by screen readers for instance
Keyboard: Can this button be activated by clicking a character or character combination on the keyboard?
apel: (orly)
Well, drugs at least. I scored some more antibiotics. It would have been an even better day if I hadn't needed them.

I've at least been able to work today. Unfortunately some of the conversations I had reminded me of just why I got that urinary tract infection in the first place. Pressure? What pressure?

Anki pointed me to this blood-pressure-reducing video of a ginger-and-white kitten. Turn the sound on and listen for the squeak.
apel: (sweden)
Eighties music videos. These are hilarious. What could be more art studenty pomo than Bronsky Beat's Why video? And Depeche Mode's lead singer totally can't dance.

If hiccuping downloads ruin the enjoyment, hit mute and download the whole thing in a tab while you do other stuff. Then hit replay and the version that's cached on your hard drive will play without interruptions. That usually works for YouTube videos.

Now this is really cool. You can download mp3 files guiding you around Malmö. There's a map showing all the points that have recordings. The speaker is Jesper Aspegren, a well known TV personality from southern Sweden. If you know Swedish, you'll notice his regional accent.

Work for yourself first: a very inspiring article about setting aside a little time each day to work toward your goals.
apel: (pillarbox)
I'm reading a report from user testing of an application and there's a link to a form that the author feels has very good contextual help on the form. It's a registration form for the BBC Collective, an interactive culture magazine.

The neat thing is that as you click in each field help for the field shows up to the right of it. As The BBC uses JavaScript for this. If you have JavaScript turned off, the help texts are always on the page, so you don't miss out.

As always with JavaScript solutions the losers are people who have JavaScript turned off (usually because they cannot turn it off, Jaws for instance works best with version 6 of Internet Explorer) but who rely on assistive technology that needs to be told when a page is updated. The audio help links are part of the JavaScript onClick event, so they don't help these users.

However the page offers links, e.g. "What is a password" that show promise. But the content in those is not exactly the same as in the help texts on the page. It's much more verbose and doesn't necessarily  contain all the facts the user needs. It looks as if it was meant as a complement to the in-page contextual help. It is also shown in pop-ups, which users with screen readers and screen magnifiers often find confusing. At least the BBC is warning the user about this so she can make an informed decision.

I like the way the labels have been worded with the most important words bigger and bolder. On the other hand, doing View source will give you nighmares. Layout tables, font tags and other horrors lurk under the hood.

Read Later

Jun. 14th, 2006 07:47 am
apel: (sparrow)
http://www.escapefromcubiclenation.com/get_a_life_blog/

Update: The entry Open letter to CEOs, COOs, CIOs and CFOs across the corporate world was great. Depressing to anyone who has ever been at the sharp end of the behaviours Pamela Slim describes but still a great read.
apel: (cranky)
Meowing tiger cubs, 2.50 minutes of video cuteness.

On a smaller scale, Pixel, the ginger tabby, is no slouch in the cute department either

Swan with cygnets on the nest
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