Archive for November, 2009

Web Standards Day

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

November 30th is National Web-Standards Day. The garment of choice is a blue toque/beanie, like the so-called Godfather of Web-Standards, Jeffrey Zeldman, used to wear.

(I haven’t seen any pictures of him wearing a toque in recent years.)

In the days leading up to the event, everyone has been adding toques to their Twitter avatars. I ended up with this snapshot in TweetDeck:
Everyone's Twitter avatar has a blue beanie.


Saturday, November 14th, 2009

I was playing with the sun, today. It seems to travel along my wall at an inch a minute, so I can sit there and watch it go. At about 12:30, it enters through the bedroom door enough that there’s a 7″x10″ square on the wall, and that seems enough to light the room like a 60-watt bulb.

I’ve decided that sunlight is a pale (near-white) yellow colour, which is completely different from either cool-white or daylight bulbs, which are red-white or blue-white, respectively. It’s also far away from those horrid orange bulbs, which people seem to believe mimics natural sunlight. I’d say those reddish Cool White bulbs come closest, so far.

The problem with lightbulbs is that they’re so dark. When a patch of reflected sunlight a square foot in area is brighter than a 60-watt bulb, what’s a full-on beam from a window? You’d need to fire a pale yellow light onto a wall or the ceiling at about 20000 lumens to get a full daylight effect. That’s like having at least ten lightbulbs on.

I repositioned my big-ass mirror so that the afternoon sun is directed onto the ceiling directly above me, which casts an amazing light around my desk.

In short: We should stop kidding ourselves. Normal lightbulbs are like fire; dark, hot, and orange; and the more we try to convince ourselves that they’re fine, the more we’re just living in modern caves. It’s the future, and we should really be finding that real daylight lighting solution.

I’m imagining fake ‘windows’ made with a huge sheet of OLED material. With luck, we’re only a year or two away from good, real consumer applications. Those would create a fairly-diffuse light of any colour the manufacturer chooses. Hopefully, they don’t go with dark orange.

Perfect Pitch

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Jeremy Keith had a strange run in with a DCMA complaint on a discussion site he runs, in the thread titled Perfect Pitch. It’s certainly odd, because there was no material from the site that was referenced. What’s more, the complaint was filed with Google, so that the thread was dropped from the search index. It might make sense, however, if the owner of that site filed the complaint because it would remove the page from the rankings, as a sort of super-black-hat SEO.

For legal reasons, we’ve excluded from our search results content located at or under the following URL/directory:

This content has been removed from all Google search results.

Cause: Somone has filed a DMCA complaint against your site.

Jeremy talks about it in his journal, on a post called (obviously) Perfect Pitch.