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Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004
Stars And Semantics

Ahhhh... It was time for a change, and I decided to go over to the dark side for a while! And as spacey as I've been the past few weeks, I figured this diary design was appropriate.

When I design, I always leave the main portion of the text at default size. The reason for that is that readers can adjust it according to what THEY need in order to read. Didn't know you could do that? It's simple enough. Find the "View" menu at the top of your browser. (Browser is Geek-Speak for the program you use to see the Internet. For most people, it's either Internet Explorer [IE] or Netscape. On a Mac, I think it's called Safari. I use Firefox, from Mozilla. There are lots of reasons I prefer Firefox; but for now, back to the issue of adjusting your text view size.)

As always, click on the thumbnail to see the bigger version. Click on the word "View" at the top of your browser and then click on "Text Size". As long as the webmaster leaves the text at default size, you can adjust the size to suit your eyes. With IE you're limited to one of five options. With Mozilla, I increased by several increments, so I don't think that there is a limit.

So now you can read my diary at whatever text-size is best for you!

You can also spot which webmasters are saavy. Most pros understand the importance of accessibility. When you design a page, you want it to 1) load quickly and 2) be accessible to the maximum number of people. If you have an all-flash page, for example, it can create problems for someone on dial-up, who might have to wait several minutes for it to load. Same for huge graphics. I try to keep most of my graphics on the small side in terms of file size.

Wenchie reminded me a while back that she doesn't like the teeny scroll boxes, so I eliminated that a while back. I like them because allow you to set a consistent view of your page no matter what screen resolution your readers are using. It is kind of a gee-wiz thing, like flash. Some people like it, some don't. Just tell me, somebody, if you EVER have to scroll horizontally. That shouldn't ever happen.

I didn't go to work today. I was up sick about half the night and figured that even if I went in, I'd be useless. So I am puttering around the house today, knowing I should go back to bed but wide awake after only about two or three hours of sleep. I will get a few things done before the day is out and do some cooking for tomorrow. Tall Guy is (I think) calling in his rain check after work tomorrow. I am going to make some mashed potatoes today, sprinkle cheese on top, and have 00 put them in the oven on low tomorrow night so they'll be just about right when we get here after maintenance. If I'm wrong about Tall Guy coming over, it's not like the food will go to waste. 00 and Pipeboy always reap the benefits in those cases, since I won't be doing that many carbs for long-term cuisine!

Hopefully I can go to bed early tonight and actually SLEEP. Lst night I was so late getting home from that darned meeting, then having to create and upload the news story, that it knocked my circadian rhythm into Timbuktu.

For those who asked, no, Tall Guy didn't see me in the little black dress and makeup. And no, Tom, no pictures at the moment. I've made a lot of progress but I am still a fat old lady. And ugly. Let us not forget ugly. I'm still uglier than you, any day! The real reason for no pictures of me, though, are logistics rather than vanity. I haven't figured out how to take a photo of myself, since I don't have a remote shutter device for my digicam. I tried taking a picture in the mirror, with dismal results. I tried setting the camera on a tabletop. It got a great shot of my bustline, which I'm sure is plenty for my two male readers, but I doubt most of the women would be interested in a boob-scape. 00 promised to take a picture of me, sooner or later, so y'all can laugh in unison.

This is my prayer for the day:

  • Dear God:

    Please let the elections come to a swift, merciful end. Grant my country a miracle and perform a brain, heart, and soul transplant on whoever wins, so that they have all three in functioning order by the time they are sworn in (or sooner, if our incumbent is re-elected.)

    Lead us not into mudslinging, and deliver us from the glut of political ads that overtake all other sensibilities for six months or more out of an election year.

    Give us a daily reprieve from insanity, and deliver us from a war that only politicians want.


I hope no one considers that sacreligious. Personally I do think the current condition of our country is in need of some divine intervention. I'm so sick of politics that I won't turn the television on even for the paltry two or three hours a week I'd begun watching recently. I don't want to see yet another episode of the soap opera that plays out every four years, the one that makes us wonder what good it does to vote when our political options are so rigid and limited. Of course we have other options, but we as a people have become so numbed by the malfeasance of the previous several despots... er, presidents... that we can't think outside the one-dimensional object known as "Democrat/Republican."

I watch our freedoms eroding further every single year. We are forced to pay for the upkeep of so-called "Public Lands" and are then assessed fees for the right to walk or drive onto them. That is, if we're permitted there at all. If they fall under the endangered species act, walking onto the public lands can get us thousands of dollars in fines and a stint in jail.

The poor and disabled have to fight, sometimes for years, to obtain the help that our taxes pay to provide. We have to pay exhorbidant prices for health care - if we can get it at all. Where I live now, doctors won't accept cash patients. If you can't afford insurance, you have no alternatives except doing without health care or driving 80+ miles to a doctor.

Our U.S. Congress has different definitions of freedom than I do. Just like they have different definitions for honor, for justice, for integrity, and for spending priorities. Or maybe that's the problem. They don't have a definition for any of those words.

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )