Wednesday 9 January 2002

On This Webpage

Just for the benefit of the CUTC people who are probably coming to look at this page, I thought I'd draw some of the particularly quirky characteristics of it to your attention.

Firstly, I realize my page is not terribly flashy. That's intentional... I never admitted to being a graphics designer. I'm just a dull, boring fellow, trying to let people take a peek into my dull, boring life. That said, I designed this page to
show that interoperable, cross-browser webpages need not be completely bland. This page, for example, while not terribly exciting, looks exactly the same in Internet Explorer, Netscape, or Opera, and is still entirely usable in Lynx.

This site adheres to no less than three W3C standards for hypertext document design, namely XHTML, CSS, and WAI. Links to information for these standards are available at the bottom of this page, and for the first two standards I named, actually show you the validation.

I hope you enjoy this site.

On Death (and Life)

It had been a long time since I last talked to Miranda Himmelman. Or even heard her name in a sentence. She was an old friend from elementary school. She was a year or two ahead of me, and we lost touch after her parents divorced, and she moved to the next county. Since birth, she had suffered from cystic
, a chronic illness of the digestive and respiratory systems. She died on Saturday from complications of her illness. She was 21.

Twenty one. I'm twenty. It scares the bejeezus out of me, sure. It also reminds me of how valuable every minute of life is.
Be happy. Spend time with friends. Love. And be loved. And so on.

Five minutes after that, I get an ICQ from my brother. He was in a car accident a few minutes earlier. He's okay, but he can't get in touch with my parents. So he ICQs me. The Internet paradigm taking over our world, indeed. Who knew? But we're glad he's okay.

So, in short, today wasn't a fun day. Foo.