November 11, 2004
Two week hiatus
Tomorrow first thing I'll be on a plane bound for the Cook Islands, for my first real, complete disconnect with the world holiday in many many years. I'll actually be arriving the day before. The Cook Islands are just the other side of the date line. Talk about disconnecting.
Since 1994 or so, there would be few periods of more than 24 hours where I had not connected to the net. The longest period can't be more than a couple of days.
But this time I am determined. A pile of books, including several by Neil Stephenson, a quiet south pacific island, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, swimming, hopefully good weather, and the company of Sara, should keep me out of trouble for a couple of weeks.
And in the middle of it all, next Tuesday, Sara and I are getting married.
So you won't be hearing from me for a couple of weeks.
But when I get back I'll be raring to go.
The Style Master 4 beta programme has been under way for about a month, so we'll be looking to wrap that up during December.
I have a number of articles I just have to finish up and publish, about everything from the sociology of software piracy, to some ideas about how to make intellectual property laws work a bit better than they do at present.
I'm also working on a project I hope to unveil early next year that Maxine called yesterday "all the benefits of XML on the web today, well, actually yesterday".
And hopefully early in the new year some exciting news about Web Essentials in 05, bigger, better and more mobile.
A few stats before I sign off.
Since then I've posted 114 articles, and there have been 274 comments. Not the most widely commented on blog, but a fair old start.
We've had well over 50,000 visits (though with RSS taking off these days I am sure like me with most blogs I read, a lot of people never visit they simply read the post in their feedreader).
By way of comparison, this is a small fraction of the number of visits to westciv.
In the year or so since I started "dog or higher" I've
bought an apartment with Sara
along with Russ, Peter and Maxine taken Web essentials from idea to successful conference (I hadn't even met Peter and Russ this time last year)
released Style Master 3.5
published several articles at the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age online
spoken at conferences in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
got fourth in the Australian Surf Lifesaving champion patrol competition. Fourth in Australia a'int bad for someone my age ;-)
Anyway, that will do. It's been a busy, good and tiring year personally. not so sure how good the year has been more generally, but...
So, many thanks to all of you who have read some of my rantings.
I'll be back in a couple of weeks. Hope you all come back then too, and til then, take care, and as my mate Bennie says "stay lucky".
November 09, 2004
10 questions for Me
Russ Weakley, founder (along with Peter Firminger) of the Web Standards group, author of ListTutorial, Selectutorial and other such CSS gems, has a great series of interviews at the WSG with all kinds of web standards people, like Molly Holzschlag, Dan Cederholm and Eric Meyer.
Recently Russ interviewed me, and that interview is now available at the WSG site.
So if you have any desire to know a little more about me, unlikely as that may be, get along and take a look.
November 03, 2004
Our templates competition results
As you may know, to celebrate the 6th anniversary of Style Master, westciv held a templates contest.
The challenge was to design reusable CSS and HTML (valid, standards based in both cases) templates for others to base their site designs on.
We had several categories, including handheld, print and text only.
The real kicker was we offered good old fashioned cash prizes. $1000 in total.
We were quite overwhelmed with the number and quality of the entries. 49 in total. and we had a really difficult time judging them, there were so many attractive, usable designs.
Now, our timing was a bit poor, what with Web Essentials, and a trip by Maxine to Japan coinciding with the judging period, but only a few days late we have the results.
So get along to the results page, and take a look.
And the best part. All those featured, 20 or so, will be available with Style Master, as part of the templates feature of our CSS Editor. They will be licensed under a creative commons license to allow you to reuse them.
Thanks again to our judges, and all those who entered, and well done. It's great to see how much CSS design has come along in the last few years