Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More Programming Foibles


I’ve run into another weird error on my graphic novel timeline site that I just can’t seem to figure out.

It’s a very strange error that I’m not sure how to describe… it seems like the entire content reloads underneath the already loaded content (sometimes just all of it under the sidebars, sometimes under a half loaded copy of itself).

I uploaded an image of the error in action.

http://www.tradereadingorder.com/strange-error.jpg

Any ideas?

When I refresh it seems to just go away and load correctly. I didn’t see this one until I had enabled hyper caching. Around the same time I had moved the sidebars to the header so they loaded first.

I feel like the guy in the bottom left of the background image right now, lol.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 3:15 am  

Saturday, April 17, 2010

trade paperback reading order


site is now up at http://www.tradereadingorder.com

I also added a million other things too, though the user experience won’t be too much different for a little while, there are a lot of really cool things coming because of added functionality etc etc. I think it’s looking pretty sweet, too.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 1:07 am  

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Help me, Programmer Buddies!


Hey guys, I can’t figure out why my div wrap on this layout isn’t holding the whole content. It should be white all the way to the bottom, but it just isn’t! Don’t understand. I’m sure it’s something I did wrong.. any tips? I’ve been firebugging the hell out of it, but no luck so far.

Edit: Totally solved this one. Needed a clear both tag at the bottom. Then I did a million other things. the site looks totally different now.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 11:21 pm  

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Kitten Interlude: Liam


You guys saw my roomies kitten, Miles, before, but this one is mine.
He’s been keeping me company while coding this DC Comics Timeline monstrosity.


posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 1:47 pm  

Saturday, April 10, 2010

DC Universe Trade Paperback Timeline


So after staying up till 8am, I’m finally making big progress on getting my trade paperback timeline out there. You can see it under construction at this link, obviously using a modified version of this blog theme. This was a huge and really fun project (hey, excel documents are fun for some people) and most of the tough info is in there now. I just have to add images, links, and a huge ton of tags, then figure out some final formatting problems. Hopefully people will find it useful, because you can click any character’s name and see what books they appeared in and then find links to help you get ahold of em. There are a few other timelines out there, but none of them are this extensive or have this level of (planned) functionality.

It goes from the first appearance of superman in 1939 all the way to Blackest Night 2010. I decided to shy away from hardcovers unless absolutely necessary. The timeline is totally complete (as far as I know) for the post crisis DCU, with over a thousand books listed. There are a few pre crisis books that I didn’t deem necessary at this point, but I’ll probably add them in later.

I have personally read (not including the showcase books, which I’m working on very slowly) all the way to August 1996. In order.

Being a librarian is totally my hobby.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 7:47 am  

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Unintentional Google Reader Juxtapositions


Is there some single serving blog that collects interesting google reader matchups? This one isn’t that amazing, though it did make me do a double take, but it reminds me that interesting things must happen in people’s feed readers all the time. I wish I had unintentional image dyptichs pop up more often.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 2:46 am  

Friday, April 2, 2010

My Favorite: Google Translate For Animals


This is my favorite from yesterday. More videos here.

My least favorite was getting sprayed with water at 3am because somebody left a hair-tie on the sprayer.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 12:42 am  

Friday, April 2, 2010

Clay Shirky – “The Collapse of Complex Business Models”


Great article by Clay Shirky over at his blog. Here’s a small excerpt:

One of the interesting questions about Tainter’s thesis is whether markets and democracy, the core mechanisms of the modern world, will let us avoid complexity-driven collapse, by keeping any one group of elites from seizing unbroken control. This is, as Tainter notes in his book, an open question. There is, however, one element of complex society into which neither markets nor democracy reach—bureaucracy.

Bureaucracies temporarily reverse the Second Law of Thermodynamics. In a bureaucracy, it’s easier to make a process more complex than to make it simpler, and easier to create a new burden than kill an old one.

The whole thing is excellent. Read it!

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 12:13 am  

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Paddy Johnson (AFC) Lecture at SCAD


Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City came to SCAD to give a talk and do a studio walk through. Beth and I went, of course. She showed us Horse Balls. They’re pretty impressive if you’ve never seen em. In action, I mean.

She talked shit about Tom Moody the whole time. Just kidding.

Hey look! Blammo!

Take that, Andrew Hetherington!

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 11:48 pm