As they keep saying,
verba volant, scripta manent and —you know— later on I might wanna have a link to point to when I do the “told you so” taunt… so, what better way than to just write ’em down and slap an URL on top? >:D
Web Design Stuff
First things first, yeah, the redesign for this blog is done; it’s been done for quite a while now but I forgot to tell about it. The header graphic is still a place holder —couldn’t come up with anything shiny and cute— but it’s just eye candy, so it can wait until I find something better. I think I managed to clean up all the posts too, no more XHTML stuff to fuck up the validation —if that matters anymore. Bottom line, the redesign is done, everything’s black and sexy, all tags are closed and the CSS purrs softly ;)
And since I was at fiddling with them anyway, in the process I managed to redesign the portal, the photo archives and some of the other projects too. Just because I was feeling bad for neglecting them for such a long time :)
Fooled around with this old–new thing called HTML 5 too —out of curiosity mostly— but decided against it for now; it’s not ready for proper use. I mean, it might be ready, but the browsers aren’t ready yet, so that’s something I’ll postpone until the internet grows up.
Speaking of browsers, the two main dissidents have just released pre-release previews [sic!] of their next versions, namely Firefox 3.1 β2 and Opera 10.00 α. To which —for a change— I actually have something nice to say :)
Both, a massive improvement to the current stable versions, both a definite step forward… at least as far as CSS support goes (which is pretty much all I care about when I talk about web browsers).
Firefox 3.1 β2
Among others, finally support for web fonts, through the
@font-face thing and proper display of
text-shadow, which I applaud :)
Then, the implementation of shadows for block elements, which is another thing only Safari has been doing so far. A little half-assed though, since it’s being done via the proprietary
-moz-box-shadow (exactly in the same half-assed way Safari uses App£€’s proprietary
-webkit-box-shadow) but at least they got it right. Opera is not there yet, but hopefully one day they’ll catch up too… Anyway, proprietary, standard, it doesn’t really matter right now; the feature is there —which shows it can be done— and I’m pretty sure these details will be polished later on, once 3.1 exits “beta”.
To my surprise —well, not really, but I didn’t expect Firefox to beat Safari at this— there is now support for the “nth” family of selectors (
:only-of-type and the likes). Pretty neat; this —in theory— will be a great deal of help in getting rid of a ton of markup bloat; Opera does it too —incompletely, but accurately for the most part— so, as soon as the WebKit team catches up, I guess this is really gonna mean something.
One blooper though… Not CSS-related, but immediately noticeable: certain PNGs are displayed in a cyan-tinted monochrome. Something to do with the graphics engine —I don’t know for sure— but it’s definitely a fuck-up and I hope they fix quickly.
Opera 10.00 α
One major thing and, as far as I’m concerned, the most important on the list, is the ability to display alpha transparency through RGBA and HSLA color values, via the […]
color:rgba([…] and, respectively […]
color:hsla([…] rules. This is awesome and it’s one of those “what the fuck took you so long?!” things, since Safari and Firefox have been doing it for quite some time now and translating RGBA values to RGB just for the sake of Opera was time consuming and pretty frustrating :)
They’ve got support for web fonts too now (same
@font-face as above) and this is cool, but I wonder, how long before copyright lawsuits will make these browser makers “fall back” to not supporting this feature?
Anyway, the new Presto 2.2 has got other tricks up its sleeve, but most of them don’t interest me yet and —for what I care— I’ll soon be able to design my websites to look pretty in Opera too.
So it’s all good.
Except, of course, for that piece of shit Int€rn€t €xp£or€r, which brings me to:
<!--[if lte IE 6]>, which is exactly how I’m gonna stop supporting M$I€ 6. Most of my websites are already plain vanilla when viewed in versions older than 7, except for the main sites for the studio but those are going to follow pretty soon, as soon as I have enough time to go through those style sheets again and come up with a naughty nag for the M$I€ 6 users >:)
I€ 6 is dead, everybody agrees… I don’t know why I should waste anymore time butchering my CSS just for the sake of that piece of shit…
Goggle’s Chrome is still a half-assed, incomplete job so there’s nothing worthy mentioning about it and, since I already seem to have exhausted everything nice I had to say, time to move on to the “told you so” forecast…
More exactly, the idiotic frenzy I keep seeing on TV and the internet, about this “historical” event that just happened: the enthroning of Obama.
I can’t say “I’d hate to rain on their parade” because, if I did hate it, I simply wouldn’t write this. Truth is, their parade asks to be pissed on, for two simple reasons:
- The incessant broadcasting of American politics turned my TV into the most boring and annoying piece of hardware in the house. I switch to the news channel so I can watch some “news” and there it is, on all channels, the big herd waving flags and screaming “yes, we can” like there’s no tomorrow. A fucking circus…
- The credulity of these people is so unbelievable, so un-fucking-believable, that it makes me lose the last tiny bit of hope I had left… Which, in turn, ruins my day, so I guess this makes for a good enough reason, right?
So I’m standing here, pissing on their parade and asking: Do these people really believe anything is going to change?!? They’ve just gotten a new president, nothing more.
A new name and a new face, a new “Bush”. Nothing more.
The head of the government, not their friend, not their ally, not their representative; just the spokesman for a corporation whose sole purpose is to keep the masses obedient and suck them dry.
“Yes, we can” my ass.
Big words, brain-washing, miracle pills. As long as the war goes on and Bush is not being judged and convicted for the massacre, as long as there are military bases in Okinawa and everywhere else, as long as they spend more money for missiles than cancer research, as long as their economic fuck-ups make people all over the world lose their jobs, as long as you can’t hear half of Eminem’s lyrics because of a self-righteous piece of shit censoring away behind his desk at MTV’s, as long as people have to give up their money to fund the government through this yakuza-like mulct system called “tax”, as long as they continue to make so much fuzz about the new president being black while casually mentioning that their society has overcome its color and race problems, while the governments keep tightening their grip on our necks in the name of whatever greater cause, the president is nothing but just another spokesman for the tyrants. The enemy, the one who brings the bad news on TV, the one who smiles at you while you bend over to take another one in the ass.
Why have people forgotten all these? How can they forget so easily?
Has all this flag-waving sight such a strong, overwhelming hypnotic effect that people not only forget what the government really means, but they even applaud and cheer it?
Has Bush brought them so much desperation that the mere perspective of not having him around anymore is enough to blind them and intoxicate them to the point of actually celebrating the enthronement of a new one?
Color me stupid, but I don’t get it.
I know one thing though, and I’ll definitely taunt people, as soon as the present tense becomes accurate, with this: absolutely nothing is going to change.
Taxes will continue to be taken from people and, most likely, will grow too. The number of jobless and homeless people will continue to grow, while the mercenaries will keep dying in the name of lies and money. Censorship will become more and more aggressive, to the point that they’ll probably have to reinvent the language and the so-called anti-terrorist measures will keep eating away at our rights and freedoms, while the internet will lose more and more of its independence and neutrality. Religion —oh, this fucking plague— will continue to cause death and hatred while, unfortunately, the number of bible-huggers will keep growing. Costly computer generated graphics will continue to maintain the “man on the Moon” lie, while enormous pressure will be put on the Chinese to not expose the fact that there’s never been a stars and stripes flag on the lunar surface.
Nothing is going to change, on the contrary.
And I hate myself for being the asshole who pisses on their parade, but the idiocy and credulity of so many people has become unbearable.
More like a “notes to myself” aside —carefully trimmed down to something that won’t make absolutely everyone hate me— but I have to let it out so here it is:
Someone who thanks some god for their achievements and does so before —or without— thanking their parents is an ingrate. An ungrateful drone.
Someone who attributes their own achievements to some god’s will and not to their own efforts and virtuosity is a fucking idiot. The same someone who attributes their fuck-ups to Satan or their own weak nature and forgets to blame god is a fucking hypocrite.
Someone who misspells “god” on purpose (where by “on purpose” I mean “out of fear of celestial punishment”) while bashing your head in for misspelling “your” and “you’re” is another kind of hypocrite, a special kind of hypocrite who deserves having their head bashed in… at least figuratively >:D
Is a friend really a friend when he won’t believe what you’re saying unless you swear to his god, while knowing that to you that doesn’t really mean shit?
Ugh, trim, trim, trim, the world ain’t ready yet and the sound of fingernails on a blackboard annoys me too, so it’s time to hit “Post” and get some sleep. I’ll be back with the “told you so” elbow-to-face move sooner than you think, I promise :)
But before I sign off, I can’t help but wondering: how the fuck do I always manage to produce “hate” lists longer than “love” ones‥?