The site was down earlier today, due to some database issues. Apparently, they had to do some sort of roll back, because all the stuff from July is gone. Grrrr.
Physics Misconceptions: Don’t worry, it’s not rocket science. Mostly.
Bigelow launches its second inflatable space module: This is definitely rocket science.
Did you know Chef Boyardee was a real guy?
According to Grand Ayatollah Sistani, playing chess and “black gammon” (backgammon) are forbidden for a Muslim. For what I can gather, this is because they were used for gambling. However, horse racing is OK.
One feature of humanity’s improved knowledge of chemistry and biology is the ability to create edible substances which technically count as food, but probably shouldn’t. Juice cocktails are a great example. Containing 5-10% juice, they are mostly sugar water. The best you can say about those things is that they usually add Vitamin C, so you at least you won’t get scurvy.
Yours truly, the Liquid Egg Product, is a substance that sounds worse than it is. It’s basically eggs that have gone through some or all of these processes: separation, pasteurization, mixing, or dehydration and rehydration.
This article gives a bit of information on American “cheese”. The thought that’s kept going through my head is the term “process cheese food”. What a great name for a sister website! And there’s a processed cheese food already (it’s a 1995-style personal page even more insipid than this one).
Hmmm…maybe the time has come for one of those “webrings” (talk about mid-90’s style) for pages with domain names that are artificially created edible substances.
The page was down for a while. But at least it was my own fault.
WordPress had an upgrade that I implemented because it covers some security holes.
Also, the site address will be changing to liquideggproduct.com. It makes more sense. blog.donaldbriggs.net will forward to the new address, of course.
If my site’s screwed up, at least I want it to be my own fault. It’s frustrating to have to rely on other people to clean up stuff for you:
I’m not being critical of Xanga. This has nothing to do with being disappointed at not being able to check three of my friends’ blogs to see if they had any updates.
The site now looks more or less as intended in Internet Explorer 6. Obviously, I haven’t installed IE7 on this machine (don’t know if you can rig having both versions at once), mainly just for situations like this, where I can test for the still-used IE6. IE7 showed the same kinds of errors, though, and I’d imagine it’s fixed there as well.
Learned about a few IE-specific styling bugs as well:
For the pictures in the individual post, I (finally) created the following class:
For some reason, IE needed
position:relative; to be specified, or it would place the image all over the place and the image would jump around when you moused over the title. This is despite the class for the entry already specifying relative position.
- Despite the rise of alternative browsers, IE still dominates the market…it still has 70%-85% market share depending on the source.
- Even IE7 has its quirks.
- Make sure to test a webpage in at least these browsers: IE, Firefox, and Safari. (Sorry, fellow Opera users–at <1% of users, we're not relevant enough yet.)
Looks like something’s wrong…you may be being redirected to some other site, and I have no clue why. Looking into it now…
UPDATE: Yeah, someone uploaded some malicious code. Can’t find the offender, so just asked host for help.
Annie, it sounds like you got a very fun page, different from the boring one I got. There are multiple sites which the evil code tries to send you to.
UPDATE 2: Found the offending code; think I’m done. Must remember to properly chmod theme files…
UPDATE 3: The site looks awful in IE6. Thought I had the right DOCTYPE?
Brad, thanks for the link. Not so many people could bring themselves to eat it, though…
UPDATE 5: Done for tonight. Very tired, and apologies for the dearth of posts today.
Since last night, my computer’s been on the fritz: I had copied a few files to the desktop, and all of a sudden, explorer.exe started closing and re-opening every few seconds. This meant that the desktop icons are continuously flashing, rendering them unusable, and I couldn’t access the start menu or do any Windows key commands. (I wanted to at least pull up the run program deal. Like a fool, I forgot this was accessible through the Task Manager.)
So what did I try? Restarting in safe mode. Rolling back a couple system restore points. Repairing Windows XP. Checking the task manager and making sure that there weren’t any weird processes. Almost doing a full system virus scan. I probably spent 3 hours over 2 days working on this.
So how did I resolve it? Delete the items I’d just copied to the desktop. Duh.
I’d be very interested to know why it happened, but I’ll just be satisifed with a working machine for tonight.
It looks like North Korea has slightly more firepower than we thought:
At approximately 11:20 P.M. EST North Korea changed the world forever. Using an advanced space missile that the world has yet to even wrap their mind around, the North Koreans showed of [sic] their firepower to the world by hitting the moon.
If it seems like the man in the moon has a extra few zits, now you know why.
Butts charged with stealing toilet paper: The headline says it all.
Nigerian police raid 419’ers (video): 419 is a section of Nigerian law that deals with fraud. Like those e-mails you get from Nigerian princes asking for your bank account number. They don’t get such royal treatment here…
New security fixes from Microsoft: Apparently, your computer can be attacked by simply visiting certain websites infected with code. No, you don’t have to worry about this one.
A beta version of Apple’s Safari available for Windows: I tried it today at work, and compared to Firefox, Opera, or IE, I hated using it. You can’t even press the backspace key to go back! To be fair, it’s still in beta…