My Summer is Officially Booked

Well, it’s official. I have something to do for this summer. As I said in a recent canned post (the one ), I applied to two summer programs this year. Both of them have admitted me, and I’m going to accept the invitation to attend the theatre arts program at Northwestern University‘s National High School Institute. It’s funny, because I didn’t technically complete the application requirements for the program I wanted to do (the Musical Theatre extension). They let me in anyway. Which means I have a seven-week commitment this summer. Update (05/07): The letter was mistaken; . From the…

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Chicago Orchestra Trip

Well, wish me luck! I’m leaving for the train station in a few minutes to go to Chicago for four days. It’s a trip with the orchestra at my local high school, where I play violin. (Same school as my robotics team, yes. ? Probably no from-the-road posts this time; I’m not bringing my computer.) We’re going to a symphony concert, playing our own mini-performances (we’ll have two groups, each with their own concert), sightseeing (including the Sears Tower), having clinics with members of Chicago orchestras (I FAIL; see update below), and generally enjoying the city. It’ll be a busy…

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Technobabbles Strips for a Day

You might notice something different about this site for the next 24 hours or so if you’re a regular reader. The page looks different, doesn’t it? I’ll explain why right now. See, I have a feed subscription to someone named Dustin Diaz, who runs his own blog. He started CSS Naked Day in 2006, and had another one last year with over 1,600 participants. This year, April 9th is the date, and I’m participating as well. CSS Naked Day shows off how much CSS has changed Web design. Sites that use standards-compliant and semantic markup will be perfectly functional without…

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FIRST Wisconsin Regional Results for Team 2129

Note to visitors on this post: If you got here while searching for the full competition results, I apologize (they can be found at the FIRST website). My original title was rather general, and I have changed it to be more specific. Search engines might not pick up the title change for a while, though, so again I am sorry if you got here in error. Well, I got back from Milwaukee around 00:20 last night (this morning?) and went to bed within an hour. Among other things, the bus taught me that manufacturers don’t pay enough attention to uniform…

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Milwaukee Status

Yesterday we had the qualifying matches for the FIRST Milwaukee Regional Competition, which with the Southwest Robotics Team. The day before yesterday was practice matches, as an opportunity to work out bugs on the official arena before the actual competition. The good news is, our robot was moving up in the rankings. The bad news is, it completely underperformed what I, and many of my teammates, expected. We battled mechanical problems (our lift prongs got bent on Thursday) and yesterday we couldn’t seem to do anything with the lift arm until our final match of the day. The robot didn’t…

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Going Out of Town (FIRST Milwaukee Regional)

As you all probably know by now, I am a member of the wonderful (am I biased?) Southwest High Robotics Team, whose website I designed. Well, we’re going to Milwaukee this afternoon, and we’ll be back late Saturday night (CDT, of course). It is quite interesting that the team captain hasn’t posted about the trip yet on the team blog… But I digress. What that means for this site is that I’ll be publishing stuff I wrote yesterday (and this morning) and scheduled using that Blogger’s still testing (and recently [– ] in). The posts came from ideas that have…

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Blogger Scheduled Post Permalink Issues

I’ve been seeing some feedback on this issue myself, and decided to weigh in with a post of my own. Most of the feedback I’ve seen has been in comments on the original post at the Blogger in Draft blog, from users who have had issues with permalinks on posts published using the still-in-testing being to the blog’s homepage, rather than to the posts’ individual pages. I wasn’t having the problem, but it’s shown up a couple of times recently, presumably as a result of some tweaking on the part of Blogger. Interestingly, I shouldn’t even be having the problem…

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Scheduled Posts With Blogger

For months and months now, posts with titles like this one’s have been writing about convoluted workarounds to one of Blogger’s glaring omissions: scheduled future posting. It has always been in Blogger’s new version that a post published is a post published, no matter the date (which was only used for sorting). To post to your blog in the future, without actually being there to “push the button, Max,” you had to set up a complicated system of mail-to-Blogger and a scheduled email service. (Interestingly, Gmail still lacks scheduled sending of emails… Hint hint, Google! 😉 All that begins to…

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My Recent Posting Frequency

I know it’s been a week since I last posted here, and that I’ve been really low on post volume for the last month or two. I’m just getting busier with school and have also been getting distracted by Wikipedia (up to over 16,500 contributions as of right now). Also, there hasn’t been as much going on that’s really stirred an opinion in me, which is really why I blog. I considered blogging about Microsoft’s recent bid to acquire Yahoo!, but found I didn’t really have a strong opinion to write about. Blogging without an opinion to generate the words…

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Badly Designed Websites

After certain recent experiences, I see that the way a website works is quite essential to the visitor experience. Take www.mcool.org as an example. The menus you see (assuming you’re using a JavaScript-enabled browser) are generated by JavaScript, after page load. The data is included in a series of JavaScript functions at the end of the page, the definitions of which are included in the commercial Milonic popup menu script. This could be easily solved by including inline code that is hidden with CSS and displayed using an in-page rule contained in a <noscript> element. However, that’s not the only…

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