28. August 2004 13:55
I picked this up a few weeks ago and I'm finally digging into it. Just worked through the first chapter and already learned some tricks I didn't know. Probably simple stuff if you've worked with CSS much, but some neat things like referencing an element with an ID.
<table id=”content” border=”0”>
didn't know you could do that. makes sense though. I did know about the “dot” syntax
<div class=”pretty”> = div.pretty
can't wait to dig deeper into this. if you've ever spent much time trying to debug a deeply nested table formatting issue (like a <td> missing deep in the 4th nested table), I can certainly see the value of stripping out as many presentation elements as possible from the html.
i've sorta used CSS halfway for quite awhile, but still threw in font tags, etc to make it look okay in older browsers. but i'm quickly geting to the same conclusion as a lot of the hardcore CSS guys. use CSS that works in latest generation browsers and don't worry about everybody else. it's kind of a chicken or the egg thing. developers don't use CSS to allow for older browser compatibility and users don't upgrade because they don't know the difference unless you tell them.
i'm going to start down the path of converting this site gradually and see how it looks. i'd really like to get away from using tables for formatting as much as possible.
22. August 2004 18:18
Finally was able to join a gym here in Chicago. Decided on Crunch, which I like because they have a couple convenient locations for me with very well-stocked gyms, but also because I like their ironic marketing. Everything is very fun, which is important to get people motivated to be in the gym. For instance, they have all kinds of crazy classes, like Fight Club (a contact boxing class), Rave Ride (a spin class with electronic music and glow sticks), Hot Yoga (in a 100 degree room) and all kinds of other stuff. Not sure how many I will try since I primarily wanted to get back into regular workouts again, but it's nice to have options. Plus they play cool electronic music which is what I would play to motivate myself, so that's helpful. I worked out yesterday and today, so I'll probably have weekend warrior syndrome tomorrow. I will say I slept better last night than I have in awhile, which was a primary motivator for me to get back in the gym. There's something about fatigued muscles and tension relief that just improves sleep drastically.
16. August 2004 13:15
for all my Nashville friends, you should really check this band out. one of my favorite debuts from last year, who impressed none other than one Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins fame. and the lead singer is really way too young to be writing lyrics this deep.
September 14th. 2004
With: Airline, The Roosevelts & The Golden Sounds
Address: 4011 6th Ave. South / Nashville, TN
Age: All Ages