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Month: July 2005

Boing Boing: Transcript of Cory’s Second Life interview, new illos from Someone…

Boing Boing: Transcript of Cory’s Second Life interview, new illos from Someone…

Damon gets boing’d again! w00t w00t!

Davey Attacks!

Boing Boing: Transcript of Cory’s Second Life interview, new illos from Someone…

On a related note, Damon Wallace continues to add to his amazing collection of fan illustrations of scenes from my novel, including Alan’s tiny thumb, Marci in the family cave, a sketch of Davey and a wicked-creepy Davey attack on Alan. These illos are just gobsmackingly wonderful.

Unobtrusive Flash Objects (UFO) v1.0

Unobtrusive Flash Objects (UFO) v1.0

Looks like a good validating Flash-embedding solution for your XHTML pages.

bobbyvandersluis.com | Unobtrusive Flash Objects (UFO) v1.0

Unobtrusive Flash Objects (UFO) v1.0

UFO is a DOM script that detects and embeds Flash objects. It contains several features and best practice techniques that other scripts currently don’t have. UFO is inspired by Geoff Stearns’ FlashObject.

Found via del.icio.us/popular/

html2ps and html2pdf – Convert HTML to PostScript or PDF. Supports over 500 HTML and CSS tags and properties.

html2ps and html2pdf – Convert HTML to PostScript or PDF. Supports over 500 HTML and CSS tags and properties.

html2ps and html2pdf – Convert HTML to PostScript or PDF. Supports over 500 HTML and CSS tags and properties.

Features

Supports nested tables, advanced CSS properties, floating DHTML elements, non-Latin character sets, XHTML and non-XHTML tags and properties, and much more. Nearly any website, even very complex ones like Yahoo.com, can be accurately converted to PostScript or PDF. view

Nearly a dozen advanced formatting options to control the way that the output PostScript or PDF file is displayed, including Landscape vs. Portrait option, and ability to hide images for faster processing. view

Several powerful output processing options, including the ability to send the output directly to the browser or save on the server, and the ability to create PostScript or PDF files. view

Eight different paper sizes available through the “Media” option. view

Over a dozen character encoding methods available for non-Latin page output. Convert pages that are written in most languages and character sets, including Russian and Eastern Languages. view

100% of the source code (a set of PHP and .ps files) included with your download. Backwards-compatible to PHP 4.3.0. view

Tidy Service – Great Mac OS X Service to clean your HTML

Tidy Service – Great Mac OS X Service to clean your HTML

Tidy Service

Tidy Service

Tidy Service is a simple OS X Service that cleans up markup using the powerful HTML Tidy library originally created by Dave Raggett.

Screenshot of Menu Items

Tidy Service can be used to clean up HTML markup in any application that supports services by selecting the markup in question and choosing one of Tidy menu items from the Services menu. Currently, there are two processing options: Tidy Markup and Tidy to XHTML. Tidy to XHTML instructs the Tidy engine to generate valid XHTML, while Tidy Markup does not.

Optionally, you can overide HTML Tidy defaults by creating a config file in your home directory.

Currently, there are two processing options: Tidy Markup and
Tidy to XHTML. Tidy to XHTML instructs the Tidy engine to
generate valid XHTML, while Tidy Markup does not.

In addition, you can override any of the default HTML Tidy options by creating a HTML Tidy config file in your home folder called “TidyService.conf”. Note: The name of the file is case sensitive.

This is what I have in my current TidyService.conf (using it to clean up old HTML for use in WordPress posts):

indent: no
indent-spaces: 0
wrap: 0
markup: yes
output-xml: no
input-xml: no
show-warnings: yes
numeric-entities: yes
quote-marks: yes
quote-nbsp: yes
quote-ampersand: no
break-before-br: no
uppercase-tags: no
uppercase-attributes: no
drop-font-tags: yes
bare: yes
tidy-mark: no
vertical-space: yes
show-body-only: yes

Carriages at midnight – update on our holiday trip to England

Carriages at midnight – update on our holiday trip to England

Enjoying a quick trip to England for Miranda Tarver (now Ash)’s wedding to Matthew Ash.

The weddings were lovely. First was the civil ceremony two days ago. Then yesterday they had their blessing ceremony. We had to look up on Google what “Carriages at Midnight” meant. 🙂 I had thought that maybe there were going to be horse carriage rides or something. But no. Just means that’s when it’s time to go.

There was a good roast pig on a spit being prepared during the blessing ceremony and it was quite tasty. I got to meet some interesting people and catch up with some old friends. Fun! Miranda’s mom looked lovely as always, sporting a fab hat with a big curly feather.

Driving here (or rather, being driven and being navigator) has been quite an adventure too. Roundabouts, left-hand driving, one-lane sized roads that are supposed to be two cars, beautiful country towns with brick walls right next to the road. But nobody died, so… overall a fun time was had by all.

After we got done at the reception, we drove 1 hour back to Godalming, where Miranda lives. Then, we changed and headed on in to London for dancing at Ministry of Sound. It only took about 3, 4 5 tries to find it. But find it we did. And it was quite fun, though it did cost 15£ to get in.

So, off to the beach today, and hearing has almost returned to normal.

First illustration of one of the brothers from Cory Doctorow’s latest book, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

First illustration of one of the brothers from Cory Doctorow’s latest book, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Damon Wallace is one of the best artists I know. He’s living in China right now with his wife, wanting to come back to the Bay Area. I grew up with Damon, he was my best friend in middle school at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley, CA.

I’ve been encouraging Damon to do some illustrations based on Cory Doctorow’s latest [wonderful, great, awesome!!!] book, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, available for free download and reading pleasure. This is the first illustration that Damon has posted.

The plan is to remix Cory’s book into an illustrated classic. Super exciting, and I’m sure you’ll agree that Damon’s work is outstanding.

If you have any illustration needs, I would highly recommend getting in touch with him. He is really, really good and he’s looking for freelance work right now. An excellent opportunity to work with an outstanding, brilliant artist / illustrator.

Illustration of one of the brothers from Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Illustration of one of the brothers from a book

Illustration of one of the brothers from a book

a book calleds Someone comes to town. Someone leaves upon provication of a good friend to undertake a pirate style visualization of some bits of it.

Check his site out and get in touch with him. He’s a super nice guy and you won’t regret it.