Monthly Archives: August 2009

First lines: Misery

Paul Sheldon was lucky: even though he was intoxicated while he wrecked his car in a snowstorm, he lived to tell the tale. And telling tales, well, that just happens to be his occupation. Annie Wilkes, a former nurse and incidentally his Number One Fan, pulled him from the wreckage of his car, took him… Read more »


HTML5 introduced the audio and video elements, which would make it a lot easier to embed audio and/or video in a webpage than it is now. Unfortunately, the browser vendors cannot seem to reach a consensus as to which codex the audio and video elements should be supported. Behold the comparison table* for audio-formats below:… Read more »

Concertgebouw: check

For the eight time I saw Wende put on a great show yesterday. It was the opening night of her three-night stand at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the program promised a search for the most beautiful love story, packaged in a theatrical mosaic of music, images, text and song. As I saw her previous… Read more »

Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place

Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms, in the… Read more »

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Lesson learned

Okay, so I just pieced together my first Greasemonkey user script, which exposes the short URLs Flickr provides. Neat little thing, and probably worth publishing so that everybody can use it, right? Well, guess what. Indeed: if I had done what I normally do—i.e., spend a little time searching the internet instead of just one… Read more »