One of the problems of working late hours is that it leaves me in no mood to work on the site in the evening, my normal update period. (There’s no reason I couldn’t add posts during the day. I just don’t.) But you don’t want to hear about that… so far as I know.
Anyway, here’s some interesting stuff:
- The checkershow illusion. A rather nifty optical illusion which demonstrates a weird interaction between low- and high-level image processing in the brain. Check out the rest of the site for additional illusions and a paper discussing them. (via Kuro5hin)
- Former Presidential candidate Gary Hart has a weblog. He even writes for it. While he isn’t the first politician to start a weblog, he’s certainly the largest American one I’ve heard of doing so.
- E-Sheep: Thin Ice. A parable about the perils of resisting popular-but-dumb ideas.
- Flak Magazine: The Second Tour of Three Kings. This decade-old movie has a lot to teach us about our current involvement in Iraq.
- Wired: Yahoo Retools Search Engine. I’m including this mainly for this quote:
With the revisions, Yahoo believes its search engine will provide more useful information than Google’s and be simpler to use.Simpler to use than Google? Google’s interface consists of a single text entry field and a button—and with Safari I don’t even use that.
Incidentally, that last bullet item contains an example of HTML’s much-ignored
q element, the inline counterpart for
blockquote. It has a number of advantages over hard-coding quotation marks, the primary one (from my standpoint) being the ability to attach a
cite attribute indicating where the quote came from. Unfortunately, most browsers don’t have very good support for it, which makes it difficult to use as you can’t be certain that your reader will see any indication that something is being quoted. But if you add hard-coded quotation marks, then people reading with good browsers will see two sets of quotation marks.
Current drafts of XHTML 2.0 replace
q with a
quote element that leaves the addition of quotation marks to the document author, either hard coded or added via style sheets.