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March 03, 2003
I think it's the second coolest date this year . . . the first being 01.02.03.
I think it's so cool, I'm making a really stupid and pointless weblog entry, just so I can keep this date in my archives.
Many people who read this site using RSS feeds have complained at me that there are H3 tags around all my titles. Rather than respond to each e-mail directly, I'll just put this here: I know, and it sucks. The thing is, I can't seem to get the cascade order correct in my stylesheet (yeah, it's on the list of things that DESPERATELY needs to be updated, along with most of the source for the site -- but I've been, uh, working on other stuff ;)
If I could tell MT to make the .title class "large," (and it actually *worked*) I wouldn't need to use the H3 tags . . . but I swear, I just can't figure it out. If anyone wants to offer some help, I'd be happy to take it, and you'll be a hero to tens of RSS readers.
Good news and bad news on JAG.
Good news: the cover is designed, and looks amazing. I've been given some really kind and flattering quotes to put on it, and I think I have a really funny and insightful preface.
Bad news: It's looking like the release is going to be pushed by a couple of weeks at best, maybe a month at worst. I am profoundly saddened by this fact, but I want it to be as good as it can possibly be.
"Dancing Barefoot" is still on schedule, though.
How about a thought for today?
"If sand were made of diamonds . . . they'd still call it sand."
UPDATE: I spent some time looking through my awful stylesheet. I know it's supposed to be all charming and everything, and empowering to feel like I've come a long way . . . but holy crap! I felt like I was watching myself in "The Buddy System" or "Liar's Club," or some performance of mine that makes me cringe. All I had to do was download the damn thing and look at it in vim (yeah! geek points! vim, baby!) to see what I'd done wrong. First, there was no .title class. MT provides it, but I'd managed to bork it out of the style-sheet at some point in time. So I added the .title class, and set the font-weight to bolder, and the font-size to 27px. (It's the only value that's set to px, btw.) Thanks to Danielle, who sent the font-size number, and to O'Reilly's Cascading Syle Sheets: The Definitve Guide, which just paid for itself. :)
Update-Update spoke too soon. I broke the effing thing again. I think I must be setting up the cascade incorrectly.
UPDATE-UPDATE-UPDATE: It looks like everything is working, now. Hooray.
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Say, did you know that "Dancing Barefoot" is a song by U2?
I almost thought I'd be first, but then I wasn't. :(
03/03/03 is cool because today is indeed and in fact my birthday. First year of the third decade down and a rather decent life to show for it.
Owed much to Wil somehow.
"You could be a real writer someday, Gordie."
Just got the Stand By Me DVD, and got a laugh from that, and your "Fuck writing." line :)
...doesn't matter when the book comes out, we'll all wait patiently. Good Luck!
I can wait cause i know it will be worth it!
Don't worry about the delay to JAG, I think it's fair to say that we all want it to be as good as it possibly can be too!
That said, I'm waiting with bated breath to buy it (and Dancing Barefoot) as soon as they're ready!
It's okay about the book, "waiting is the hardest part", but well worth it in the end. It's pretty cold where I live too. -43Celsius, with windchill factor. Beautiful bright blue sky though, it's worth it.
Wil, I've dealt with tons o' CSS stuff in my short life. Send me a sample of HTML and your CSS and I'll give you the answer (he said, perhaps overconfidently) tested against Mozilla, Galeon, Konqueror, Opera, and even IE. (Remove SPAMMITY. to get my real address).
I mean, who can resist being a hero?
I am waiting to see what happens at 3:33 on the third day, of the third month of the third year of the third millenium. :O
I look forward to reading that book ;)
I should really think for a better opening for my posts...
Is Ben doing the cover designs to keep with the WWDN theme?
Delays are to be expected. Release dates are governed by chaos...Much like Italy.
I'd call it "diasand", just to be different.
Or as my mom says, "special".
I was kinda looking forward to 05/04/03
Wil: in .title, change your 'font-size: large;' to a pixel definition. H3 is usually about 20px. That'll make it the size you want, on any screen. :) Trust me, I do this all day for a living. ;)
Mojo your way, and have a great 3^3!
Argh! The whole 03-03-03 thing was going to be my blog entry today! Ah well, now I'll just link to yours, Wil. :) I agree, a very cool date, and we won't see its like again for another 13-months-and-a-day.
Okay, this has been bugging me for weeks - Wil, you recommend WWE: Smackdown as a favorite game, so I just Gotta Know.
Did you make a Create-a-Wrestler of yourself?
(and if so, can we pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase have the directions for how to make one ourselves? I really, really, -really- need Wil Wheaton, Cruiserweight Champion in my game. Pretty please?)
I was just thinking about the 03/03/03 thing earlier when I wrote the date on my paper in class. Glad I'm not the only geek out there thinking about that. Interesting thought for the day. I got one for you, 'There is no reality, only perceptions.'
Regarding 3-3-03... well, every 3-3 actually...
In Japan March 3rd is known as Girl's Day (you'd know if you had daughters ^_^). It's a holiday. Go dance barefoot with two left feet (shades of the mystic knights going through my head).
We'll be patient for the book. Make it right. Quoting Lecter, "Good things come to those who wait..."
Could you maybe give us a sneak peek at the cover?
Rest assured all your monkeys will be here waiting when the book is finally released. And hey, then you can cross something off your wish list!
[shrieks] OMG I got mentioned in Wil's blog!! XD [swoons in happiness]
Homestar - "Ooops, you bwoke it"
Shanti - weird, I'm looking forward more to 05/04/03 (dd/mm/yy) but that's mostly 'cos it's my 18th.
Woah, just realised what a cool date my birthday falls on this year! Yay! (Nearly pi day too, oooh so much mathsy fun to be had this month!)
About JAG - is it going to be a simultaneous US/European release, or are we foreign types going to have to wait?
Wil, try setting the font-size to "larger", instead of just large. Also make sure that the template style sheet in the Movable Type interface has the .title class specified. When you rebuild entries in MT, it will overwrite whatever stylesheet is currently there (meaning: the one you edited in vim). So, check there first.
This is kinda cool - everytime I hit "reload", the page size/placement changes! ;-)
Good luck Wil!
to those talking about CSS font sizes, this is my 2 cents:
never use a relative font size like "larger" or "x-small" as some people have their screen fonts set to different settings.
setting the font size to an absolute value, ie. 20px, means the text will/should look the same on any display.
I was all over the cool date thing this morning. In fact, it's the only thing that got me out of bed to face midterm week.
That was a curse-filled pain in the ass.
I am not entirely sure how I fixed it, but here's what I did:
uploaded MT's default "styles-site" file, and edited out things like the calendar and sidebar that I don't use. Then I changed all the colors to reflect my personal tastes (I like the way the links change color, now. Pretty spiffy, IMHO). Then I broke it several times while I figured out who was inheriting what and why.
NOW the only thing I *really* want to do is assign my navigation links their own class, so they have their own hover and visited properties. I've been trying to do this since the first week of the site . . .and if the last 30 minutes is any indication, it's going to be another two years before that gets fixed. ;)
Sending mojo before there's an update-update-update-update.
What I really like about the new style(s) is that the text is now big enough that I can read it without changing the text zoom to 120 or 150% in Mozilla.
1024x768 on this 17" screen is too small for me to read quite a few websites (or spreadsheets, etc...) once I get tired and my vision blurs in the course of a normal workday. So I zoom when I have to.
And I'm only 45!!!
Oh, hey! (Totally off topic, but what the heck.)
My wife called to tell me that the DSL setup kit I ordered last week arrived today! So... residential broadband, here we come, finally!
Hmmm.. your font size is too big!
Date is cool!
The Lairs Club was very great!! I saw it in german and I just can speak in english so I do not understand very much ..but Il liked that!!:)
So... should I now run out and rent "The Buddy System" or "Liar's Club"? I think the only movie of Wil's that I've ever seen is "Stand By Me," to be honest. Plus all those episodes of TNG, of course.
Sorry John, I haven't got now that!:((
You crack me up man.
Update:You REALLY crack me up.
Update-Update:Nah...not THAT much....
Update-Update-Update:Oh wait, yes you do! You crack me the fuck up man!
*does a happy smeagol dance in your honor*
I kind of like the crazy typesetting...it's almost like an announcement..
'posted by SALLY'
Hrm. Now I've managed to make the comments look icky.
Well, can't win them all, I guess.
Also forgot to mention that I set the fonts at "pt" because I *want* to make it easier for users to display this page according to their own preference.
FWIW- I get about an equal number of requests to use "px" and "pt" as well as several other things that are directly in opposition to each other . . . so I have to set it up the way /I/ like it.
Lookin' good, Wil!
Excited on the impending release of JAG. I know it will be fabulous. What was the biggest lesson you learned from this whole book-writing/publishing/printing/etc process?
03.03.03---What a perfect day to make my very first loaf of bread from scratch! Wish I could help with the geek stuff! Looking forward to your books!
If we waited nine months to be born,
a year to walk,
two years to talk,
five years to go to school,
sixteen years to get our driver's licences,
seventeen years to graduate high school,
eighteen years to vote (and to drink here in Puerto Rico ;) ),
twenty one years to drink legaly in the US...
We can wait a couple of weeks for your book.
Ana Marylee =)
yes, 3/3/3 is one of the coolest dates of the year because it happens to also be my birthday.
and what did i get for my birthday? none other than Stand By Me on DVD.
this is indeed the coolest day.
Check your line spacing too. Your Feb 27th entry is smushed together.
I am very much looking forward to the release of both books.
You will be selling signed copies on WWDN won't you?
On a completely different note, I watched the ST:TNG Season 4 DVD Crew Analysis featuring Wesley Crusher. It was very cool. Most of everything that was said I knew from reading your posts here. I enjoyed hearing Patrick Stewart talk about Wesley and Wil. I bet you enjoyed all the nice things he said.
I can't wait until your books come out. Even though I don't like reading i'm trying to read more. yeah you don't care but oh well you are going to sit there and read this anyway at least i'll have a lil something of nothing ness there. lmao.
Hey, Wil -
03/03/03 is not just a cool date, it's also my birthday (yay), as well as James Doohan's! And happy birthday to leeann too! :-)
Good luck with the book - don't worry about the release date.
Dude, the H3 tags are gone. Yay Wil!
still my favorite date.
As for JAG
Whenever the book is released i'll buy, I will be patient and wait for it to be released. *grits teeeth and thries to be patient*
3/3/03... it's my niece's birthday today! She thinks that since there are so many 3's, she should get AT LEAST 3 presents from everyone! But, of course, family has to give MORE than 3 presents! Smart thinking for a 14 year old!
Safe to assume we can order JAG through this website?
Of course, in Europe, it's 03-03-03.
I've been reading this blog for many a month now and I STILL read JAG as "t.v. series on a downward spiral into oblivion" instead of "my most anticipated non-fiction work of the season." I need help.
To MattF- you're the only other person I know of who owns any U2 b-sides!
And Bono's up for a Nobel Peace Prize!
You're right, Wil... it IS a wonderful day
On the subject of cool dates, I rather like one that passed last year - the twentieth of february - on grounds of it being a palindrome - 20.02.2002. I'll go sit in the corner now :P
*L* wil, you are one of the coolest geeks i know, and that means a lot if you know me. which, unfortunately, you don't. but i don't really know you, either. but that's alright, because you rox0r.
ooh, just a quick question: are you going to offer signed copies for like $20 more than the cover price online? i think that would be awesome. make that dough, baby, yeah!
Wil, sounds like your day was much like mine. Only mine didn't have a happy ending. :( Not that this is something you'd really be interested in but since I get to hear about your day, how about you hear about mine? I've been fighting with my insurance company, Aetna, for two months now. I need a hernia repair and tummy tuck. (The tuck is for medical reasons - honest!) Well, I've proven medical necessity on the tuck. I guess that pissed them off because now they're questioning the hernia repair. This is after they told me on the phone that it's covered, no problem. No need to prove anything. Suddenly, they want an MRI to prove I have a hernia. Mind you, TWO surgeons have already sent Aetna documentation that I have a hernia. So, the surgery that was scheduled for next week will now be delayed for who knows how long. I hate insurance companies, don't you?
So, that's my update for the day. Hope I didn't bore you too much. :)
I realized the date today when I was writing a check. I sort of have a slight OCD thing with letters and numbers in sets of threes, so seeing that was totally cool.
I'm very excited about the book, and don't worry about it taking a little longer. After all, J.K. Rowling is taking, what, like over a year and a half from when she said she'd be done with the fifth Harry Potter installment until when it actually is releasing it? (But if you make us wait *that* long, I may have to hurt you.) =)
Wil, it's still not quite fixed. I have my window width set so that "Hall and Oates had more number one hits than" is one line. "any other bad in the 80s." overlaps the first line a bit.
I think it IS the coolest day in the year.. because it's my birthday! =D
Wil - Thanks for insipring me to make my own blog - i dedicated todays post to you-
*lol* RSS? Eh...maybe http://htmlpalace.com will help you, watch out for the pop up! :| I dunno. I don't pretend to know what I'm talking about, even though I've been going html for almost 4 years.
Hmmm....I have had issues with soooo many classes that MT uses....I too run my own MT weblog and I found by way to your website through the MT page....I know CSS already so I just tweak at it a ton....but I can't quite get it right....if you read all your comments email me I can tweak the sheet a bit if u want....You should use nano its better than vi or vim for that matter!
Ooooooooo....Loook at the purtty letters!*Shmooshes face on monitor*
I hope that your day..has gone well despite the computer glitch you've been fighting.
I didn't think about 03/03/03 until a few hours ago.
I remember looking at the clock many years ago to see when it reached 12:34:56 7/8/90.
I was such a geek.
You fixed the H3 tags, but now the main text is way too large.
Plus, what happened to the simultaneous overline/underline? That was one of the things that made your site stand out.
I dumped the over and underline. I thought it was time for a little change.
I just resized the base font from 12pt to 10pt.
As I mentioned in an e-mail to someone a litle bit ago, I think it's a testament to the coolness of this little "community" we've built here, that I can get quick, useful, and relevant feedback from so many people.
Cool new look to the site (God the type is big and plain). To bad about the book. And good mojo luck on your computer problems. I hope you solve them soon.
Holy Jumpin' Jesus Wil! Those blog entry titles are like, way big an readable now on my WinBlows machine! :}
They were kinda tiny before. But that's cool they way the are here now. I can seperate the title from the entry.
And it looks like you have made a few other changes. I like what I'm seeing so far. Keep it up! I wish you used a Winblows machine though...so I could write some cool ASP scripts for ya ;}
Take your time on the book. Good things come to those who wait and work hard...or...something like that...
Jeez I hope I didn't break it! Yikes! It looks like the "rules" are running into my last post up there. Hope it's cause Wil is stil working on it :}
Nope, you didn't break it. It's all me, baby. ;)
Thats alot of updates! I hope they meet your standards. I will end this comment, now, in case you need to update again.
Wil, everything happens exactly when it should. Delay is artificial, based on a system of keeping time invented by man. Don't sweat it-good things come to those who wait.
BTW--1 too many Red Bulls today??? :)
OOOohhhh! Wil making STNG comments on TNN this week! How long ago did you do this? Away, love the site, keep Farkin' and Bob bless.
this book is gonna be worth the wait..man, am i excited to read it...
take as long as you think is necessary wil...
don't rush it...
but let us know in advance, if you can, on how to order it if we're not in the US..
(like if we're up in Canada, fer' instance...)
The font looks kinda big to me. With the larger size there seems to be less space between the lines and it makes it a little harder to read for me.
BTW, I once read about a study that said serif fonts, like Times Roman, are easier to read than sans serif fonts, like Arial. The serifs give your eye something to follow across the page.
Hmm, changing the font size on my browser doesn't seem to change the font size.
Oh, I forgot to say, "Damn!" I won't be able to get my autographed copy of Wil's book at the end of the month." Oh well, I want you to be satisfied that it's the best you can do, so take your time to do it right. I'll wait.
I'm glad I didn't break it LOL
One of the most hair-pulling things about having your own website is trying to get things to look just right. I couldn't tell you how many times I've worked on layouts...and graphics...and...well you get the point. I've been into this stuff since '97 and still have yet to come up with a design of my own that I like.
Good luck on those style sheets. I know how much of a PITA those can be. I'll never be able to master them.
Pointless entries so you can write the date? ME TOO! I updated as many client files as I could so I could and paid a bunch of bills so I could write it again and again!
Ever thought about adding "TrackBack" to your blog?
I actually just did that today with MT (have version 2.62, but started off with an older version, so I had to do the update manually). It wasn't hard at all.
Change is good. It never fails to strike me just how disconcerting it is, though. People should not whine so much. (But it's America, so they can. Thank goodness.)
The effect is still with me of how grateful I am, every time I read a new post, that you didn't stop updating because of a few, very noisy, assholes. Every day is a little special, just like 03/03/03, when I can read this here blog.
We will all wait for any and all of your books. First of all, what choice do we have? Second, well number one pretty much sums it up! Don't sweat it. Everything happens for a reason. It will be great anyway you slice it.
Looking forward to more. ;]
..man I'm a dork!
It's my birthday for 2 more minutes.
Ugh! Farting dust and peeing mustard
Oh yeah, baby.
Because it wasn't enough already, and because I'm feeling surly and LUCKY tonight . . . I upgraded to MT 2.63.
Heh. You're braver than I; I have neither updated my MT version nor actually tackled my stylesheet for it. Point of fact, I've just been doing individual CSS on each template, which is probably doubling my work but somehow makes me feel easier than having it all lumped in one big file! Anyway, good mojo thoughts for the book, can't wait. :)
my faveorite date...
7 / 29 / 72
but that would be... oops, Ive got something
on my nose I need to clean..
AHHHHH! Mine Eyes. Out vile jellies! AHHHHH!
Holy crap, this new large font hurts my eyes. It's kind of like having ten too many guiness, being woken up at six am after going to bed at five am, and having your roomate play the drums next to your bed. Well, not really, but this new larger font (though good for aging eyesight) is not good for clandestinely viewing your posts at work.
Oh no, the whip again. Yes, master, I am going back to work now. (Foiled again!)
I've been to your site before and this is the first time that I've actually commented.I have to ask,how in the world do you find the time to read all these comments ! But I do see why everyone likes reading you ;)
...Nothing is broken. Everything is fine.
3/3/03 was not only the third day of the third month of the third year, it is also in the third millinium.
I actually saw "The Buddy System" on AMC recently. At first, I wasn't sure it was you, Wil. After awhile, though, I made the connection. Don't be too hard on your performance. You were what, 8, maybe 9?
Wasn't your character supposed to be a little slow anyway? ;)
Dancing Barefoot is a song by Patti Smith, not U2. U2 covered it, poorly.
Yes, symetric dates are always fun.
Next year, April 4th ...
In 2005, May 5th ...
And for the dreaded 2006 ... 6-6-6
This post reminded me of one thing: I totally missed 01.02.03! and it won't happen, never again!!! which has served as a gorgeous reminder: I have to stop being so stuck up and pay attention to the callendar...
05.04.03 at 2:01 am
05.04.03 at 2:01 pm
MAY BE VERY INTERESTING AS WELL... LOL
First of all, When I was a kid, and we are basically a year apart, Wil, I loved 'The Buddy System".
Second, if you're gonna curse one of your rolls, try, 'The Curse'. (yeah.. I know that was BAD.
Third.. how many friggin actors can claim to have 46 credits on IMDB by your age....
And finally, I found a picture of my son at 14. Wow, what an age. I still remember him then, but I'm just as proud of him now at 19. You have awesome things to look forward to, Wil.
--- Robert Aldridge, [email protected]
March 14th is a rather cool date no matter what the year. It's Pi Day! (And my anniversary, and 3/14/03 is my third anniversary.)
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