Monthly Archives: September 2007

Randomness

I'm a Mandarin!

You're an intellectual, and you've worked hard to get where you are now. You're a strong believer in education, and you think many of the world's problems could be solved if people were more informed and more rational. You have no tolerance for sloppy or lazy thinking. It frustrates you when people who are ignorant or dishonest rise to positions of power. You believe that people can make a difference in the world, and you're determined to try.

Talent: 41%
Lifer: 46%
Mandarin: 59%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.

I'm a Porsche 911!

You have a classic style, but you're up-to-date with the latest technology. You're ambitious, competitive, and you love to win. Performance, precision, and prestige – you're one of the elite,and you know it.

Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

Green Code

Here's an idea I've been thinking about.

Green Code logo.

What if we make a movement to save the world one byte at a time? Maybe this is a bit far-fetched, but I am notorious for pushing towards clean code. Well-formed code. Validating code. Unobtrusive code. And now? Green code.

What this means: take your Web design to the next level. Don't follow standards simply because it's the best way to write code. Do it because it's the best way to achieve less bloated code – green code. The less bloated and fat with code a Web site is, the lighter and easier to send it is.

Think of it this way. How much does it cost to send a one page paper letter? Compare that to a one page letter written in stone. How much do you think that would cost? Now let's transfer financial cost to energy cost. How much lighter would it be to send a one page piece of paper than one of stone? Energy and power is required to send data to computers from servers. The larger the file, the more energy, power, and time the page takes. Save energy. Write efficient code.

To learn how to write standards compliant code using XHTML, CSS, and DOM scripting, I recommend reading W3Schools.com for a primer, check out books from the library (if you must, purchase them, but reusing is always best), see the standards documents at W3C, check at the Web Standards group… reduce the noise, reduce the clutter. Let's start the green web. 🙂

Anyone think this a good idea? I'm all for using it as an extra excuse to go the extra mile in efficiency.

Fall

I LOVE this weather! Finally! It's been in the high 70s/low 80s, and it's been absolutely wonderful. Yesterday got a little warm with the sun, but overall, this entire week has been to die for. The heat here is unbearable during spring/summer, but autumn is very pleasant. I miss this kind of weather… ahhhhhh…

Looking at this year in overview, it's been very busy. I've been stressed out a lot because of funds… but let's take a look at this in retrospect…

January: car accident (lose his precious car to a sleepy doctor and get completely screwed by the insurance company)
February: wedding (week trip to Minnesota in gas guzzling rental truck); purchase new stupid car (I get the loan… but don't get to drive); brother gets fiancee; site launch
March: s.o. quits job; honeymoon in Japan (two weeks)
April: site launch
July: another week trip to Minnesota; credit card decides to double APR (for no reason, so had to find a new one); learn about becoming aunt/uncle…
August: two site launches, one very large one; s.o. becomes employed part time
October: week and a half trip to Germany; four day conference trip to CA
December: two site launches; holiday with in-laws…

I mean, just for one year, that's kind of a lot… it sucks to be the one paying most bills including rent and car, and insurance… all the little bills… I am so freaking stressed, but at least the weather's nice. Not for long though, another extreme stress factor is global warming issues… Inconvenient Truth, 11th Hourcommon gorilla extinction??.. can we have a “Lights Out” Day? Don't turn any lights on for an entire day… “Power Out” Day… where we leave only our fridges on but nothing else (a/c, heat, tv, radio, lights, computers…)? Earth Day was a good idea, but we need more proactive days now… “Plant a tree” Day… “Recycle” Month… “No Car” Day…

If you don't think this has anything to do with you, and your driving to work and leaving the TV on all day doesn't do much, you're wrong. It has EVERYTHING to do with you. And me. EVERYTHING counts. EVERYTHING matters. Don't make excuses. Remember in elementary school, the game “Why?” “Because.” “Why?” “Because.” “Why?” “Because.”. It's not elementary school anymore. This is stressing me out, and I don't even know what to do besides do them right in my life. Walk to work every day. Turn off my computer when not in use. Only one light on at a time. Temps set to extremes on thermometer. Plants (even without a yard). Recycle (even if it isn't easily provided here). More organic and local food. Minimize toilet flushes. Maybe I should start photographing garbage next to beautiful flowers…? *sigh*

Ojibwe heritage

One fact about me many people may not know is that my great (great?) grandfather was a full blooded Ojibwe. Canadian side of the border, so one could say I have Canadian as well… :-p As it goes, he married a Austrian with royal blood. Names were changed because it was still a time where you didn't want to be anything but white, so it's hard to track down the real people. I have his name somewhere though.

I mention this because we just want to an Indian Art Fair. Sadly, only one booth was from the Ojibway (as they spelled it) tribe out of a few hundred. Lot and lots of beautiful jewelery and artwork though; if we weren't on such a tight budget right now, I'm sure we would have left with several necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. :-p We watched some traditional dances as well, and that reminded me of my own jingle dress that I have long ago outgrown. I would like to know more about that part of my family history…

Native American isn't the only culture we've celebrated recently. Last week was the Irish Fest (not really worth 10 dollars to get in, but I'm not Irish… the s.o. is :-p) after checking out the City Market in Kansas City. Then before that we went to the Ethnic Festival (photo) with lots of different foods (again, totally not enough money for the event! We only got to try two booths, *sigh*). Oh! And I finally saw my very first sunflower field!! I wonder how many native Kansans have seen a real sunflower field… :-p

Hmmm… looking at this it feels like we really are active people… I am hoping to see the Ren Fest this year (I want an apple dumpling and braids!) as well as the Cider Fest (corn maze, pumpkin patch, caramel apples, apple cider, apple donuts, mmmm…. cinnamon apple cider…). Of course, Germany's only three weeks away (*ah!!*). Oh yes, and we've joined the community orchestra again. S.O. had a performance last night (I didn't have enough time to prepare, eeep!) for the Pioneer Days fair/festival thing. I took some pictures, they'll probably be up soon. 😀