14 Hour Coding Session

Oh my god, fourteen hours playing with XHTML, CSS, and PHP to get Maymay Media to what it is now. (And it’s still not done, though I’m constantly looking for feedback!)

Much, if not most of that time was spent writing and editting new content, and beating down CSS bugs in Internet Explorer. Those of you who know my work habits are likely to be surprised by the fact that I could spend 14 hours dealing mostly with client-side coding issues.

Normally I can’t spend more than a few hours—at the most—dealing with CSS problems because browser bugs tick me off too much. (Ahem, MicroSucks.) Nevertheless, for some miraculous reason, I kept swatting bug after bug after bug this session and the enthusiasm just fueled more coding. Needless to say, I was very very productive last night.

I also didn’t sleep a wink, however, so now I’m dead tired. Here’s a short recap before my memories fall down behind the waterfall in my mind.

Last Night’s Call-a-thon and Digital Departure

  • Last night I was Mr. Popular. I got literally countless phone calls (I can’t remember them all) from folks who wanted to chat it up. I spoke to a few Meetup group members, Danica, my parents, and others. Christine called and wanted to hang out today but she canceled this afternoon. (I didn’t mind, I’m exhausted.)

  • Danica came over from about 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM so that she could give me back the apartment keys and transfer her digital posessions (computer files) off of my computers and onto her own. She also gave me a Moldy Peaches album to import into my iTunes Library. (Cool.)

    So that’s pretty much it. We said goodbye, she seemed sad, and I asked her to call me so I knew she’d gotten home okay. She did, and we said goodbye again. And that’s that; we are finally going our separate ways and have no more connection to each other whatsoever.

    I’m not even thinking about the future, but I do admit that remaining friends is something I’d probably like—if it were not emotionally draining. We’ll see what happens, but the path for right now is very clear: I’m trekking it solo yet again!

The Geeky Parts

  • Back to the tech realm, I’ve implemented my dynamic relevancy message API on this blog. What does that mean for you? Probably nothing, but it does mean you’ll likely see relevancy messages change and grow in abundance over time. As always, use a modern browser to see the full effect.

  • Still in the tech realm, I squashed a number of annoying IE CSS bugs on this blog with the somewhat-magical application of position:relative;. This means visitors using IE will finally get a near-perfect browsing experience, with no annoying vanishing backgrounds anymore.

  • Also, Google SiteSearch has been implemented, so you’ll be seeing that on the top banner for the time being. It’s nothing special, just a way to make it look like you can do more than you can here. It might also make me some more money via clickthroughs, but that’s unlikely. (Oh, which reminds me, those ads on the right side of the window, yeah, if you click on those I get money. Don’t be shy.)

  • A not-so-new but still interesting point of note is that I’ve started using MyBlogLog.com to keep track of which hyperlinks people are clicking on. This has been somewhat informative because it means I get to see which hyperlinks induce clicks and which don’t. Anchor text is important, and this is a useful tool to learn how you can manipulate the effect of a link.

Flickr Photos from the Past!

Finally, I’ve been wanting to get more value out of my digital camera. I haven’t been taking pictures, but backing up and transfering a bunch of Danica’s things last night inspired me to dig through some of my old photo collections to see what could turn up. Well, here it is:

  • Here’s me almost a year ago, during last year’s Passover at my mother’s:

    Me sitting at the table during Passover, 2004

  • Me at San Francisco’s Exploratorium with Danica during the Summer of 2004, on my trip to meet her family. Look at the face I’m making, I had so much fun there.

    Me sitting on the big chair at the San Francisco Exploratorium.

  • Yeah, I was gonna eat that piece of toast. Obviously, my dinner plans were foiled.

    I look at the camera sadly, holding burnt toast in my hands.

  • This is what happens to my face if I don’t shave.

    Me smiling, sunlight clearly showing my unshaven face.

4 replies on “14 Hour Coding Session”

  1. Since you asked for feedback… the placement of the links confuses me a little. When I go to ABOUT US, I see a link for Accessibility outside of the main container on the right side. Since there is only one link, it appears that perhaps it is a stray of some sort. Then when I go to SERVICES, I see a whole mess of links outside the main container. Perhaps they are meant to be there, but then there are no other links in that position on any of the other pages. I’m using Firefox on a Windows box. The main design is damn good, however. My first emotional response upon going to the site is one of happiness. This is because it is simple, organized, and looks good. You’ve got the feel of it right.

  2. Hmmmm….

    First, thanks for your feedback, Chris! :D Second, I think you’re right about the confusion. There needs to be some sort of visual grouping for those links. Perhaps a background color or faded background image would be nice.

    I put them there due to space limitations. I had intended on implementing a hierarchical navigation menu in the “media” bar. (Which I finished tonight and intend to blog about soon.)

    Anyway, it still needs work as it is obviously unfinished. Thanks again for taking a look and offering your advice!

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