20
Jun
2012

target="_blank" Is Holding Your Users Hostage

posted Wednesday, June 20th 2012 at 3:07 PM by

The target="_blank" attribute is holding up your users. You're going to need a good hostage negotiator. Included here are tips for Firefox and Chrome users so you can disable this annoying behavior, but first lets start with a little background and rational behind that target attribute.

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23
May
2012

Reduce Wait Times, Preload Your Images

posted Wednesday, May 23rd 2012 at 2:56 AM by

Maybe you have a photo gallery, a jQuery animation, or just a simple image roll-over navigation. Whatever the case, don't make your users wait for your images to load! Any time you have large images in a photo gallery or images that aren't loaded when the page loads (navigational roll-overs, I'm looking at you), you should use an image preloader to ensure the images are ready to go when the user requests them. Here are a few techniques you can use to make sure your images are ready to go when they're needed.

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21
Mar
2012

6 Tips to Make Your Web Forms Easier to Use

posted Wednesday, March 21st 2012 at 1:49 PM by

We've all been there, trying to complete a web form that was clunky and difficult to use. Fortunately, there are some simple (yet often overlooked) steps you can take to improve the user experience on your forms. Most of these are quick to implement and will provide incredible benefits to the end user.

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24
Jul
2011

Secrets of Grilling, and Life

posted Sunday, July 24th 2011 at 6:36 PM by

I finally figured it out.

There is a reason you get 8 hotdog buns in a package and only 6 hotdogs in a package. Its because if you plan on searing the buns on the grill it takes you two buns to realize that the grill is hot, and will burn your buns if not removed quickly.

Also, searing the buns makes everything extra delicious.

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16
Jul
2011

PHP Regex to Preserve HTML Entities

posted Saturday, July 16th 2011 at 7:13 PM by

So heres the deal. Sometimes I post stuff and its got ampersands in it. Stuff like M&Ms, Good & Plenty, Mike & Ike... etc.

But, being the W3 standards minded person I am, naturally I wanted to convert all my & characters to &

No biggie, right? Just PHP str_str the shit out of it, right? And Kablamo!

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13
Jul
2011

Out of the fire...

posted Wednesday, July 13th 2011 at 7:44 PM by

A Moorhead family is suing the makers of a gas can because it caused an explosion after a 13 year old child poured gas onto a grill. They are also suing Wal-Mart for selling the gas can....

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10
Jul
2011

Bob Vila

posted Sunday, July 10th 2011 at 8:10 AM by

This Sunday morning is brought to you by caffeine.

Then later, I will try and build a shelf. Materials involved include drills, screws, saws, boards, wood glue, and stain.

I may very well end up in the hospital, but I bought the large bottle of wood glue so at least I'll have something to snack on during the ambulance ride.

Eat your beard out, Bob Vila.

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4
Jul
2011

America! F*** Yeah!

posted Monday, July 4th 2011 at 9:31 PM by

Happy birthday America! You barely look a day over 200.

And why not celebrate the independence of your country by blowing up a small portion of it? Especially when Starr Fireworks has a 15% Military Discount.

Now that's more bang for your buck.

Ahem, so instead of spending 200$ on fireworks I probably should've taken out a larger life insurance policy. Oh well.

"So what's the preferred method to lighting this Roman Candle? Aim away from face?"
"Yeah... that and hold it in your non-dominate hand. Ya know... just in case."

God Bless America.

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21
Jun
2011

pants the cat

posted Tuesday, June 21st 2011 at 7:35 PM by

This is Pants.

Pants the Cat photo

She is a cat. And the first night I got her, she slept in the open dresser drawer that I keep my pants in. So thats where the name comes from.

But anyway, she is.... trouble. As you can tell in the photo, she likes to jump up on the bathroom door. Then she thinks its neat to play on it like its some kind of ride. She'll push off one wall and ride the door to the other wall.

Trouble.

Recently, she opened a bag of giant marshmallows and spread them across the apartment. She's hidden them in all kinds of secret places. And the only thing I can say is... that that's a brilliant idea! I wish I had thought of it, hiding candy around the house.

Pants the Cat photo

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6
Jun
2011

reloading 101

posted Monday, June 6th 2011 at 4:35 PM by

So, I went to the range to chronograph some .40 S&W reloads too see how fast they were shooting. I took my driving glasses off and put on my high speed ballistic eye pro for the range. Then after shooting I got back in the car and put my regular glasses on again.

Only they had been sitting in direct sunlight in 90 degree weather.

Thats when I almost died...

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