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Levels of HTML Knowledge May 31, 2006 7:32 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : CSS, HTML, Programming, Technology
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This serious rating of HTML coders complements my earlier joke post regarding the evolution of programmers by explaining 7 levels of HTML understanding from HTML Level 0 to HTML Level 6. I’d put myself at HTML Level 4 moving into 5.

It isn’t necessary for everybody to reach HTML Level 6. I consider myself a Level 5 person, and I’m quite happy reading the specs instead of writing them so I don’t really feel like I need to reach Level 6. People whose task is to keep a website’s content up-to-date can even get by at Level 1, provided that their CMS is good enough. It all depends on your needs.

Levels of HTML Knowledge was inspired by Levels of CSS knowledge. I am Level 5.

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Store your bullets out of the reach of toddlers! May 31, 2006 5:32 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life, Evan, Family, Sex
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I went upstairs and couldn’t believe my eyes. Mixed in with the toys scattered across the living room floor was a, um, er, a marital aid. Obviously a 1 year old dragged it out of a storage space and became disenchanted with the toy dropping it in the middle of everything to move onto less embarassing toys like kitchen knives.

Coming close to a recreation of a scene from Parenthood, I openly point out what I am holding to my wife while my children’s backs are to me. They of course whip around with a "What?!" response but I’m too quick. Good thing too because we have a policy in this household of "if you bring it up, you explain it!"

Asking, "What would Alan Shore do?" I reacted calmly, slipping the tool into my pocket, making eye contact with the wife, and calling Sarah to babysit for 3 minutes.

Now honey, your neck massager needs to be put somewhere different. And feel free to read all kinds of double entendre into that.


Dual Role? Lost characters. May 31, 2006 3:19 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Lost, Of Interest, TV / Movies
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Did Matthew Fox also play one of the listening post characters? Here are Lost’s full credits for part 2 of the season 2 finale.

Since Matthew Fox is appearing in Rambo IV (with Stallone directing and starring) in 2007, can we assume Jack is dead?!

Plot Outline: Vietnam vet John Rambo is forced to emerge from his reclusive lifestyle and take justice into his own hands after a girl goes missing.

Of note, Sly is also starring in Rocky Balboa which releases this year.

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) has now been retired for some time, but hard-up for money, he decides to step back into the ring against a few small-time boxers.

Sounds like maybe Planet Hollywood isn’t doing so hot. Or perhaps Rocky Balboa is art immitating life?

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Ah! Why programmers get the big bucks May 31, 2006 1:14 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Humor, Philosophy
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The evolution of a programmer.

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Crappiest Site on the Internet May 31, 2006 11:21 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cool Sites, Humor, Of Interest
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Gone are the days of lighting paper bags on doorsteps. Now you can give a crap over the Internet.

For whatever occasion, make that someone special feel exactly that…special! Yes, flowers and candy are nice but perhaps you are looking for something a bit more personal? Something that says you care and lets your friends or loved ones know that you truly do give a crap!

Box & Poop size & and color may vary.

The Crap o’ Gram is a novelty, non-toxic, rubber fake piece of poo.

Personally, this one doesn’t tickle me much but I bet most people will get a kick out of giving a crap. [Source]

You can also buy plush Pee & Poo (Swedish: Kiss & Bajs).

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Bush Speaks on Immigration May 31, 2006 10:38 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Humor, Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
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I assume everyone has seen Bush speaking on immigration and our borders.

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Woot has a great deal this morning! May 31, 2006 4:33 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cool Sites, Of Interest
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I’m early birding today. It’s 4:30 and I’m productive.

Woot is a site that offers 1 product per day in limited quantities but at a superb price. When they are gone, they’re gone. Today’s product is a new (not refurbished) Roomba Sage with convenience pack (the same we have) for only $150. If you’ve wanted a Roomba, now’s the time to get one!

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Hanso Foundation updated content May 30, 2006 2:36 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Lost, Of Interest, TV / Movies
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Mathematical Forecasting Initiative uses cutting-edge theory

Will global changes in weather cause population centers to shift? Where are new diseases likely to emerge? Which species need protection now before they begin to decline? The Mathematical Forecasting Initiative uses cutting-edge theory to anticipate the twists and turns of humanity’s story.

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The Hanso Foundation re-launches with a new look. May 30, 2006 2:35 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Lost, Of Interest, TV / Movies
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This just in!

The Hanso Foundation stands at the vanguard of social and scientific research for the advancement of the human race. www.thehansofoundation.org re-launches with a new look. Sign up to the newsletter if you want to get updates.

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Kid toys..adult toys May 30, 2006 12:29 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cool Sites, Of Interest
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So, what do you do with all those legos once the kids grow up?

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6 inches from disaster May 30, 2006 11:39 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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After picking up some groceries, I readied myself to head home in the Jeep with the top down. Let’s say the isle I was parked in is isle K. The exit from the parking lot is on isle L half way down. Naturally, you can drive all the way around or cut through. I was driving down isle K and remembered that the exit wasn’t at the end of the isle. In the seconds that it took for me to look to my right to see the exit in isle L a car materialized in front of me. I slammed on the brakes, swerved, and said something akin to a prayer (I’m sure St. Pete and I will debate that later). I’m a lane driver. He was a cut through driver.

Here I sit with my bumper a mere 6 inches from his fender. We make eye contact. Critical choices are made. The outcome? I smile, give a wave, verbalize "you ok?", he waves back, I drive around him completing isle K and loop around for isle L, he cuts through to isle L but waits for me to complete my loop allowing me to exit first. No one hurt. No one angry.

I still contend that the lines are painted in the parking lot both to give order to maximizing the number of parked cars AND give direction to prevent chaotic accidents. If you are going to cut across a parking lot at least recognize that you are doing something unpredictable and keep a sharp eye.


What is it to be a dad? May 30, 2006 8:36 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
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Lately I have found myself in discussions on blended families. I find it interesting to see how the different families handle their individual situations.

We know one family that the parents divorced and the mother remarried. The child still sees biodad most every weekend but the stepfather is there day and night for the child through thick and then. The child goes out of his way to distinguish the stepfather as "my step dad."

We have other friends that are a blended family. The daughter sees biodad regularly but I get the impression perhaps not as regularly as she would hope. The stepfather is hated despite appearing to be a kind, soft spoken, gentle man. The stepfather is called by his first name.

Last night I was told about a man who refuses to be a dad. He is the male in the house but totally ignores when his high school stepson comes home drunk or otherwise shows out. He declares, "I am not his father and it is not my place to discipline him." I so disagree! Perhaps that child is pushing the boundaries in part to see if this man will come alive and be his dad. Regardless, the child has been setup for rough relationships in his future.

In our house, I am called "Dad." We did not force it upon the older three and gave them the option to call me "whatever makes you most comfortable." For awhile, Tommy tried on "Doug" and, in the beginning, after every phone call with biodad there was great confusion causing the children to stressfully stammer between "Dad" and "Doug" because he gets upset if the children call him by first name. With the exception of Tommy, I have been the father figure in their lives longer than all biodad’s years. With irregular phone calls and 36-72 hours of visits a year, I don’t see how biodad could expect to nuture a relationship with the children. The teenage girl now refuses his calls so often that he has resorted to tricks to get her on the phone, "hand her the phone but don’t tell her who it is."

Any man with a half decent sperm count can father a child. A dad is the person who speaks to each of the stuffed animals by name at three a.m. while carefully cleaning spatters of vomit from their delicate fur. A dad is there to comfort a scared child and help her get cleaned up to return to bed. A dad takes the good and the bad. A dad is there for the children and it doesn’t matter if those children are his own dna, adopted, stepchildren, or squatters. Being a dad is something special and I am honored to be called "Dad."


How do you spell search in Australia? May 29, 2006 12:52 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest, Software, Technology
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Prevent Cell Phone Theft With Knowledge May 29, 2006 10:46 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Gadgets, Technology
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By recording your cell phone’s serial number, when your phone disappears, the cell phone company can render the phone useless even if the sim card is changed.

To check your mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following on your phone:

star-hash-zero-six-hash ( * # 0 6 # )



Twin Towers used to Build Warship May 29, 2006 7:59 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest, Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
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24 tonnes of steel from the World Trade Centers is being used to make the USS New York, an amphibious assualt ship capable of landing anywhere.

The $1 billion vessel is one of a new generation of amphibious assault ships capable of landing a 700-strong Marines assault force on a coastline almost anywhere without the need for a port.

Do police states like invasions?

Woody Oge, Northrop Grumman’s director of operations in New Orleans, was keen to play down suggestions that the ship might be used to spearhead invasions.


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