Hot Ash Doesn’t Feel Good on Skin

Why is it that with every forseeable natural disaster, the people who could be affected are not willing to get out of the way? I guess living in abject poverty is worse than death?

Red alert for Indonesia volcano

Thousands of people living on the slopes of Mount Merapi in Indonesia are being taken to safety, because of fears the volcano may be about to erupt.

The elderly, women and children have been taken to emergency shelters after officials monitoring the volcano raised the threat status to the highest level.

The volcano has been rumbling for weeks but is becoming more volatile.

Streams of lava have been flowing down one side of the mountain, which is also spewing out hot volcanic ash and smoke.

However some villagers have refused to move because they do not want to leave their crops and livestock.

Internet Elephant (in the Corner)

In the web design and web application world, Internet Explorer is always the Elephant in the Corner. The most popular web browser is one of the more cantankerous and annoying web browsers to design HTML and JavaScript for use inside it. For a long time a few web designers have preached a need for Web Standards. However, IE’s lack of standards made that unlikely. Only when IE actually move ever so slightly towards standards did the WS crowd feel vindicated.

Additionally, Internet Explorer is the gaping hole in computer security. People rarely need to patch Windows or Office so much as patch IE (and often).

Normally I roll my eyes at just about anything Dvorak writes. However, he does point out a new argument for the “No More IE” crowd. Unfortunately until Microsoft stockholders put the pressure on the company to change, I really doubt this elephant is going anywhere.

Column from PC Magazine: The Great Microsoft Blunder

I think it can now be safely said, in hindsight, that Microsoft’s entry into the browser business and its subsequent linking of the browser into the Windows operating system looks to be the worst decision—and perhaps the biggest, most costly gaffe—the company ever made. I call it the Great Microsoft Blunder.

I Have A Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr

Boondocks did an episode on Martin Luther King, Jr. It inspired me to Google MLK. Much of this is a poignant reminder of how far and not far enough the both America and the world have come. We are not living the dream.

Yet…

I Have A Dream

Delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. Source: Martin Luther King, Jr: The Peaceful Warrior, Pocket Books, NY 1968

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Web Design Job

UPDATE: Position filled.

Valdosta State Information Technology is hiring 2 Web Design student assistants.

Web Design student assistants are responsible for creating and maintaining several department web sites, surveys, and other projects. Individuals will be responsible for interacting with representatives to build web pages and perform basic graphic design to complete websites from existing web template designs. Additionally, individuals work with any students, staff, and faculty who require assistance in developing class or work related sites.

Qualifications:

  1. Ability to learn. Candidate must show they can adapt to the rapidly changing technology landscape.
  2. Some experience with one or more web design or image applications:
    • Photo Editing: Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Paint Shop Pro
    • Web Design: FrontPage, Netscape Composer, Dreamweaver
  3. Effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of users and support staff.
  4. Ability to clearly document all projects.
  5. Desire to learn web scripting languages: Perl, ASP, PHP

Students majoring in computer science, art, public relations, or marketing preferred. Self-taught designers welcome.

Send resume and examples of previous work to me.

Improperly Placed Insects

My mother found a bug in her salad while at a restaurant a couple weeks ago. The manager was horrified, gave us a free desert, and apologized profusely. Mom was not disgusted because this is the first bug she has found in perhaps 200-250 salads she has had from this place. Maybe more…. We go once a week to this place and have done so for maybe 5-6 years. There are some weeks we do not go, but it has to be 40-50 times a year that we go there. That was the first bug.

Mom buys heads of lettuce from a grocery store every week to make salads to eat at home. She reported to the manager that she can understand because she has occasionally found bugs in the heads she buys way down in the center.

Last night, she called me to tell me that she found a inch long moth while chopping up the lettuce for her salad. Apparently she decapitated it in cutting up the lettuce.

Ew?