scripting, guys, hippos and spam

I read an article recommending client side scripting like JavaScript to keep the load off of the web server. While this is good in theory, in practice I’ve found that you run into problems with browser compatibility that end up hindering your users instead of facilitating their experience. At least when you put the code on the server, what comes out can be handled by almost any browser. Javascript also doesn’t work too well for our friend the Lynx user.

I’ve observed (and participated in) a rather strange phenomenon among members of the male persuasion. Imagine three guys sitting on a couch together. It comfortably fits three people and all is well. One of the guys on either end of the couch has to go, which results in an empty space and two guys sitting unnecessarily close to each other. Invariably, the guy who has more room to the side of him will slide over while making some comment about not liking the guy that much. I can’t explain it, especially when you think about how guys in sports pat each others butts and wrestle. It may not make sense, but that’s just the way it is.

How to move a hippo“Just out of curiosity, why do you have a hippo, anyway?” It’s nice to see that the U.S. Postal Service has a sense of humor online.

This guy doesn’t know the definition of spam. The key he is missing is that spam is unsolicited, while what he is talking about is an opt-in mailing list. I totally support advertising as long as the user has requested it. It’s the undesireable email that bugs me and it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, in spite of what the feds are trying to do about it.

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