Month: April 2000

filemenu: A DHTML/JavaScript based pulldown menu!

In case you were wondering why I was digging into Microsoft’s DHTML documentation yesterday, here’s the scoop: I’ve been writing cross-platform compatible DHTML pulldown menus for Frontier. It’s going to be a macro supported by Frontier at the level of the website framework. The menus have their own weblog!

Right now they only work with IE5 for both Windows and MacOS, but more support is in the works.

11.41 PM Udapte: I just got sub-menus working! Yes!

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I’ve been watching a video biography of Annie Leibovitz. I saw an exhibit of her photography in Amsterdam in 1995. I think her work is amazing and powerful. She takes simple images and makes them into powerful communicative statements about the human condition in our times. Great stuff. For me, the most powerful collection at the Amsterdam exhibit was the Rolling Stones series. There’s a picture of Kieth Richards in a back stage room with his son, a slot-car racetrack and a revolver. They looked so sad…

I’ve been digging deep into Microsoft’s DHTML documentation: Objects, Properties, Methods and Events. I like their documentation – lots of examples, lots of cross-referencing, and good indexing.

Yesterday’s Conxion outage was a doozie. Everything’s back to normal now.

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I received an interesting email today. It came from a list I was subscribed to during my time at Sonic: “John Perry Barlow will address the DVD PRO Conference & Expo at 9:00 on July 17, 2000 as the opening keynoter. John Perry Barlow is a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.”

I just got clear of another outage – this one lasted about 20 minutes. Good thing I kept my modem!

K- now I’m pissed! As I was typing the sentence above, the line went down again! Aargh! Update 1:20 AM – the line’s back up. I thought I was paying for the business account. They don’t even answer their phones at Pac Bell Cutsomer Support.

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I’m pissed. My DSL line has been down all day (again). I’ve been stuck with my modem. That’s actually not too bad in and of itself, but when I’m connected with the modem, I can’t see other machines on my LAN, and vice versa. It’s a real pain in the ass! 11:39 PM Update: It’s working again — this was an eleven hour outage.

If it’s still down tomorrow, I’ll go in to the office, though I’m not even sure that will help because PacBell tells me all of northern CA’s PacBell-DSL-Internet is down. We use DSL at the office, but I don’t know if it’s PacBell or not.

Tomorrow (or maybe later tonight), I’ve got some more pictures to post. My grandma is in town, and we had a late lunch today. She drove me by the house she and my dad lived in until he was eight. It’s in the outer Mission, only about two miles from here. It’s amazing to me because I grew up in Durham, Seattle, and Kansas City. Both my dad and my grandma now live in Dallas. I didn’t even like San Francisco when I was a kid, but all I ever saw was the Sunset (misnamed because it’s raining or foggy about 75% of the year).

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Jeff Cheney on Traffic Jams… Remind me again why I own a car…

I’ve been working mostly at home for the last couple of weeks. I’d thought I would have trouble working so close to the TV and the fridge, but as it turns out, it’s just fine. I can even work in my bathrobe. In fact, it’s been difficult to get myself to stop working. So much so that Jeff is complaining that I don’t update my site often enough.

I went out last night and got some iron-on transfer printer “paper” ad Office Depot, so Sally and I could make t-shirts advertising her site and her art. She’s becoming a marketteer! We even printed business cards. Pretty cool!

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Just heard on NPR News: “Officials in the Philippines say an Air Philippines passenger jet has crashed with about 120 people abord… There was no immediate word on casualties or on the cause of the crash.”

New survey: Have you done your taxes?

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I had a recording session with Soul Detour today. (I’m not linking to the site because it’s abysmally out of date.) 🙁

And I took some pictures (go figure!).
Check them out: Soul Detour in the Studio – Apr 14, 2000

Then it’s back to work for a few hours before beddie-bye.

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Cool stuff going on at Userland.

Also some pretty phukd up stuff going on at Conxion (note their gaurentees).

I’m still figuring out what’s ok to talk about, and what’s not, so I’ll probably sound a bit secretive here, but needless to say, there’s lots going on every day.

I had a long talk with my mom tonight. We talked about everything from editorial integrity to women in science. Actually the conversation was deeper than I could describe in a couple of sentences. It was a good one.

… However, here I am at 2:45 AM writing this, having just fixed a really dumb bug in the stuff I’m working on… But mom comes first!

It’s time for bed.

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I haven’t gotten a single response on my question from yesterday about websites that do dynamic pulldown menus that work on MacOS browsers. Send pointers if you have them.

I did a little work on Sally’s site today. I spent some time dealing with navigation and links. It felt very cumbersome, and it took longer than I thought it would, even using Pike. Part of the reason it was slow-going was that the site wasn’t well planned to begin with, but I still think it could have been easier. I’m thinking about how… [spawn thread]

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I’m looking for examples of websites that have done dynamic pulldown menus that work on MacOS browsers. Have you seen one? Post a link.

I’ve been very busy recently working on stuff for my new employer, UserLand. That’s why things have been slow here recently.

In the meantime, I had dinner last night with my friends, Brad Rowe and Dave Reeder. We went back to Alice’s on Sanchez because it was so good the last two times, and we all wanted to hone our skill at operating chopsticks — the original lo-tech eating device. Sorry about the lack of pictures. I’d forgotten my camera.

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