Where to start...

Dunstan Orchard mugs for the camera

I enjoyed lunch and conversation with Dunstan Orchard (pictured above) who is in Tucson redesigning Molly's site. I dropped him off at Molly's place, but she wasn't in, so I still haven't hooked up with her in town. Someday...

I'll be speaking on Practical CSS Layout Techniques and Tips, including layouts that work in NN4, at Web Design World in Seattle come July. I am really looking forward to it!

This animation using data from Terra/MODIS, Landsat/ETM+, and IKONOS, zooms in on the University of Arizona's football stadium from space. It's about 400m south of where I work. Very cool!

Finally, I'll leave you with an image of a saguaro cactus bloom (it's about 3m above the ground)...

Saguaro cactus bloom...

state flower, April 30, 2002, Tucson, AZ

»plink« · April 30, 2002

New toys from Apple

In what almost looks like an internet hoax, Apple introduced the eMac for education users. It's a 17" CRT based iMac, with a G4 processor. Only available in the education channel.

If you really want to spend some money, and you aren't an educator, have no fear. Your money is still good at Apple, and you can get a new PowerBook. Now with greater pixel density (1280x854 of them crammed into the 15.2" display). There is also a new port so you can use Apple's super sweet all digital flat panel displays. And did I mention the speed bump. Topping out at 800 MHz, with a full megabyte of level 3 cache, Apple once again can lay claim to the portable speed crown.

»plink« · April 29, 2002


bird stuck in SUV grille...

ouch, April 28, 2002, Tucson, AZ

If I had a comment system I'd have a "caption contest" for this picture. Instead you'll have to use email:

»plink« · April 29, 2002

Happy Birthday to Me

Today I am 35 years old and about:

This also means I was:

Heather will have to adjust the above by four years...

»plink« · April 29, 2002

Fixed fixed

My style sheet uses a fixed background image on the DIVs that contain my posts. There is a very faint blue image of my computer desk at the home office that should remain fixed as you scroll through these pages. This is broken in IE 5.x for Windows. Until now.

Andrew Clover has written some JavaScript that fixes things. So as of today, if you are using IE5.x on Windows, you should see the backgrounds on the posts as they were intended. The rest of you should see no real changes. Not that the changes are anything to write home about. I only mention it to trumpet Andrew's wonderful and generous offering.

Thanks Andrew...

»plink« · April 24, 2002


Click for larger image (640x480).

My third place entry in the county fair of a dove nesting ina saguaro cactus...

dove nesting in saguaro, March 20, 2002, Tucson, AZ

I entered this image into our county fair at the last minute. It was taken with a Fuji Finepix 2600 at 1600x1200 resolution. I did a little bit of color correction in Photoshop and printed it on an Epson 740 inkjet printer. It received a third place ribbon.

My daughter, however, received a first place ribbon for her tole painting, and second place for the skirt she sewed...

»plink« · April 23, 2002

Fair Images

Click for larger image (640x480).

Pima County Fair from the top of a Ferris Wheel...

pima county fair, April 22, 2002, Tucson, AZ


carousel, April 22, 2002, Tucson, AZ

Swings in motion...

swings in motion, April 22, 2002, Tucson, AZ

Ferris Wheel Sunset...

ferris wheel sunset, April 22, 2002, Tucson, AZ

»plink« · April 22, 2002


bees in flower close up...

Bee Sneeze, April 18, 2002, Tucson, AZ

more bees...

Bees Knees, April 18, 2002, Tucson, AZ


Bees Niece, April 18, 2002, Tucson, AZ

»plink« · April 18, 2002

I have the best Mom!

And now everyone else knows it, too.

»plink« · April 17, 2002

Back Button Considered Harmful

If you are using IE6 on Windows 2000 or XP (and likely other versions of Windows...), that is. A new bug has been found that allows unscrupulous folks to cause local files and cookies to be read, or applications to execute when the back button is pushed in Internet Explorer 6. Suggested workaround: Disable active scripting or never use the back button.

Here's a better solution: use a Mac...

»plink« · April 17, 2002

Winning weekend

On the southeast side of Tucson there is a small park that is also home to a 55 acre bird and wildlife sanctuary. This particular piece of land is a rarity in Tucson for several reasons. It is a small part of the 1% of the land in AZ that is riparian. It is lovingly maintained by the neighborhood association in which it finds itself. The city (currently) does not have any money in its budget for this sanctuary, despite the national recognition it has received. And it is an important part of an animal corridor that stretches from the Rincon Mountains to the south and east, through the city to the Catalina mountains to the north.

Ten years ago the city was planning to allow condominiums to be built on the land, effectively cutting off the corridor. Now there is a 1 mile trail with signage and animal viewing areas in this small sanctuary. There are plans for a butterfly and hummingbird garden, along with other improvements. These will be created and maintained by many youth from the neighborhood, some of them referred to the program through the juvenile justice system in Tucson, and all under the watchful eye of the man who started the Volunteers in Prevention program that has provided much of the manpower to make this effort a success.

On Saturday they had a potluck at the park, with a raffle to raise some money for the sanctuary. So I bought a few tickets, to help the Atturbury Bird and Animal Sanctuary raise some money. And I went home with a new bike, some (web design!) software, some tickets to see the local AAA baseball team, and a free oil change...

»plink« · April 15, 2002


bug on flower close up...

serendipity, April 11, 2002, Tucson, AZ

I didn't see the bug until I downloaded the file into iPhoto...

»plink« · April 11, 2002


flower close up...

flower, April 10, 2002, Tucson, AZ

»plink« · April 10, 2002

Another NN4 CSS Layout

The venerable Eric Costello redesigns, and makes it work in NN4...

»plink« · April 10, 2002


I've (finally) posted pictures of the AZ NY Bar B Q. They compliment Brad's nicely.

I must add my public appreciation of Steve and Jodi's hospitality (and WiFi bandwidth). I also very much enjoyed meeting Damien (thanks for providing the impetus to get together), Brad (don't screw with him), Angie (you crack me up!), Kenda (rocks at Taboo™), along with Steve (some Ginko Biloba might help) and Jodi (ever the gracious hostess). My wife, who wasn't sure about meeting up with a bunch of geeks, had a great time as well. We look forward to doing it again sometime.

»plink« · April 8, 2002

The Bar B Q is going fine...

Bar B Q Fire!

»plink« · April 5, 2002


»plink« · April 3, 2002