Thursday, December 09, 2004

Random Unrelated Stuff

There are so many exciting things that I would like to share today. I am just not sure that there is any way to tie them all together into one coherent post. So perhaps it would just be easier to list them off, and let you try to make sense of the whole thing.

Today was the last day of classes for fall semester. That is a happy thought all by itself. There is still half of a programming assignment hanging over my head along with finals in all three of my classes. However, studying for the finals should not be too ominous, as I have studied diligently all semester. I will spend the requisite hours studying, but I shouldn’t be facing anything that I haven’t seen before. Review is a lot easier than learning the first time. The best part of today really was that in ONE WEEK, I will be done with school and ready to enjoy my 24 day break from all things homework.

Of other more technical news, yesterday I found the blog of a designer who works for ESPN. Not only is his site absolutely beautiful, but he also really knows what he is talking about. I see websites like that, and am reminded: a) how little I know about web development, and b) how very simple this website is in comparison to what the professionals do.

Anyway, while reading Mike Davidson’s site, I found that he has been working with some people to develop this great technology that allows you to render typefaces in the browser as flash movies. While to the average Joe, this doesn’t mean a lot, upon further study, it really does mean quite a bit. The ability to add scalable text in beautiful typefaces to an HTML document easily, and in a cross-browser compatible fashion is really quite the accomplishment.

If you are interested in learning about this process called sIFR, you can follow these links and learn all you need to know, assuming you have a basic knowledge of XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Flash.

sIFR 1, sIFR 2, sIFR 3

It has given me all sorts of desire to get working on the re-design of this website. It is on the to-do list for the winter recess, so be set for changes here in the near future. Design really is an art, with some luck, patience, and maybe a bit of skill I will end up with something I can be proud of.

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