The Problem with Standards

I pushed a button with me when I read unreasoned stuff like this article Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer

There’s 2 ways to look at the standards issue. The one the article sees, the other is through the eyes of innovation. Should we not try to find alternative fuel sources because gasoline is the standard? Should we all be stuck with vinyl records because they were the standard instead of the new CDs and MP3s?

IE supports a zillion features that Netscape didn’t (and may still not). Even if they do support them now it took them until just recently to catch up.

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Kodo

Recently I was really lucky to have my friend Keiko invite me to see 鼓童 (Kodo).  I guess that might be loosely translated as Drum Children or Children of the Drum.  They are a very famous wadaiko band (Japanese drums).

All I can tell you is if you have a chance to see them GO!  They are totally awesome!

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Journal Standard

The Journal Standard is a chain of ultra expensive trendy clothing stores in Japan. There's actually quite a few of these kinds of chains. Beams, United Arrows, etc.

The Journal Standard in Shinjuku has reasonably priced cafe.

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CSS Challenge

Ever since I added a little CSS to my site many of my pages no longer work correctly. Every 2 or 3 months I get the itch to try to fix them but I never seem to be able to find a solution that actually works leading me to conclude either (1) CSS just doesn’t really work for anything but really basic layouts or (2) I really don’t know CSS well enough. It’s probably more (2) but I tend to believe (1). (3) would be that my site layout sucks but lets skip that option for now.

So, here is a challenge for all your CSS advocates. Can you make my site work in CSS? Note: You don’t have to reproduce the entire site or even individual pages, you just need to send me some HTML + CSS that duplicates the basic design decisions of this site. (more…)

3 Megapixels

Well, it’s only been 6 months and right on schedule the new summer phones are starting to appear. My 2 megapixel model has been upgraded to 3.2 megapixels. Of course that will mean my 2 megapixel phone will be blown out this month for 1 yen. It’s still going to be another 1 or 2 models before I’ll have no desire for a small party digital camera but we’re getting there.

What is a CCCD?

This has been all over the net for the last year or so but a few music companies have started this complelely stupid thing called CCCD

What are they? They are “Copy Controlled Compact Discs”. That means you can’t play them except on basic CD players. No computers, no DVD-players, no car navigation systems, no PDAs, no iPods, no MP3 players.

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