New DVD’s

Just bought “The Patriot” and “Charlies Angels” on DVD, I saw both of these films first at the cinema and now I get to watch them all the time, excellent. I Don’t know why but I prefer to own DVD’s rather than Videos, maybe it’s something about the way they look, VHS tapes always felt clunky to me, slightly inelegant, DVD’s feel nicer.

The way things are

I’ve recently added two new pages to the site [one,two]. They both are examples of laying out pages using cascading style sheets. My WebDev site section deals with stylesheets and has some templates freely avaialable for public use.

Archived some of the old stuff, I’m messing about on the site

I’ve basically just stashed it in a few pages and linked to them, I’m using server side includes to manage it all at the moment, none of that fancy weblog software is used (as I’m sure you can tell). I’m also just adding a few new pages here and there full of silly stuff to lighten the atmosphere a little. I’ve also just become an editor at dmoz.org so that should be fun.

Not much happening, a few new browsers

Well with some heavy preparations going on for my final year project (due in a little over a month) I’ve not been putting in too much work on the website (this update should have been posted a few days ago infact!), although I’ve hatched a few plans for when I’m not so busy. My spare time has been filled in playing Unreal Tournament, and downloading obscure browsers. One of these browsers is x-smiles 0.5, this is an XML browser for more obscure devices. It makes a passible rendering of XHTML pages, messy HTML dies though. It also supports the mobile media type specified by the w3c web standards group.
I still think I need a few more browsers to add to my collection. I would really like an audio browser so I can experiment with aural style sheets, speaking of which SpeakThis.com seems to be quite cool demo, although incorporating it on my website would be a little expensive.
This Page seems to be evolving into a weblog style format, hmmmm time for some organisation I think, I’ll probably start a rolling archive of the stuff I write here to my personal section, it’ll probably motivate me to write more as I won’t be so concerned about clogging up my home page, with lots of stuff.

Design Change & New Site Area

As you start browsing the site you should notice a little bit of a breadcrumb trail appear at the top of the page to help you locate where you are in my website (Because I’m sure you’re going to get lost in the five pages of content I have!).
Yes I’m finally going to start justifying my use of the .com at the end of my site address and start selling some books and stuff (well not really, I’m just linking to pages on amazon.com to get a modest commission.) Before you think I’ve turned into a commercial monster though, I’m not going to start putting up banner ads, or any of that nonsense. It’s quite small at the moment but will be categorised into sections dealing with different web design topics, like CSS, along with mini reviews for those books that I have actually read.

Trying to get my project done

Things are pretty hectic for me at the moment, I’m trying to keep on top of my ever increasing amount of work I’ve got to do at University, I think I work better under a little stress though so it’s not all bad. I’m currently working on a new section for the site, no hints as to what it is going to be but I’m aiming to put it on-line in 1 weeks time (early March) so come back to check it out. I’ve been getting a bit of traffic from Jim’s Web Accessibility Weblog recently, his site discusses accessibility issues and has some interesting ideas.

Mulling over a few ideas

I’m fairly busy with my thinking at the moment. My third year project a “personal financial portfolio management” application means that I’ve been getting my head around covariance functions and Risk Metrics™. As well as all this I’ve been exploring SVG and XSLT recently. Adobe have an excellent example of this technology in action, using XSLT to transform a CMLdocument into an SVG representation, to view the demo you’ll need an SVG capable browser or a plugin such as adobes. I’ve also been working on a few prototypes to my CSS template and hope to put up a new Netscape 4 friendlier version in the next week or so.