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Crazy like a (fire)fox

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 7:58 pm

Mozilla’s Firefox browser is now at version 0.9. Grab it today… and grab some of the recently-updated extensions while you’re at it.

It’s taken some getting used to, but the new Winstripe theme has started to grow on me, though it does have its flaws… however, those who want to go back to the old theme are still in luck, as it’s available via Mozilla Update.


Linkinback is Pushing Me Numb!

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 10:10 pm

In the same vein as the Nickelback song mashup I linked on my blog a month ago… here’s proof that all Linkin Park songs sound exactly the same. (via this comment thread on Fark)

Yet another e-mail address to keep track of…

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 6:26 pm

Thanks to Kat, I now am amongst the few, the proud, the Gmail account holders… Username’s the same as always (that’s codeman38 at gmail dot com, for the record), if you feel like spamming me with pointless ramblings. 🙂


Ooh, shiny icons!

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 11:28 pm

Eh, this one’s been making the rounds on various blogs, so I’m going to go ahead and blog it as well:
Abi-Station Icon Maker

Basically, it’s yet another of those sites that can be used to generate personal avatars for forums, instant messaging software, LiveJournals, and the like. It’s based in Japan, so the icons have an anime-inspired look that’s reminiscent of many old-school video games.

Here’s my attempt at trying to create an avatar for myself using the site. Those of you who actually know what I look like, feel free to comment on its accuracy… 🙂

[codeman38, pixel-style]


The joys(?) of CSS

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 8:50 am

Grr. Lately I’ve been working on a new site design for a non-profit organization, and I’ve decided to go the CSS route rather than using tabular layouts and other such kludges. Overall, it seems to have been a good idea so far, but I really wish Microsoft would fix these very broken CSS rendering bugs in Internet Explorer; it would make the development task so much easier.

Then again, I suppose it would be a bit amusing, given the typical design issues I’ve encountered around the web, if we ended up having a site that rendered perfectly well in Mozilla and Safari but was horribly broken in IE. :-p


More fun with TV commercial music

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 11:22 pm

OK, so I knew that the song in the first Mitsubishi “See What Happens” ad was “Ballroom Blitz” by the Sweet. That was all fine and dandy. But Mitsubishi recently released a second ad in that same series, this one set to a different tune.

And worse, there wasn’t exactly much to go by in the ad as it aired on TV; all that was played was the intro, with a guitar riff and some “yeah-yeah-yeah”-ing. Not very good for a lyric search, you’ve gotta admit. And Mitsubishi’s site offered no song ID either.

However, more of the song in question is played in the commercial on the site, and I managed to make out a few lyrics, namely “scream and shout” and “out of control”. (Cursed auditory processing disorder…) Anyway, that seems to have been enough; Googling for those relatively common phrases, coupled with “lyrics”, led me to a lyric transcription that seemed to fit– namely, Devo’s “Uncontrollable Urge”. I thought it sounded vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t place it…

And thus, we have another mystery solved for all those people out there in Google-land searching for Mitsubishi commercial music. Woohoo. 😉

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