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Last 100 posts, part 5

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 15, 2005

Last 100 posts is a semi-regular follow-up to stuff that I’ve posted about on kottke.org recently. The last such update was from May 10. Now, on to the shiny and new.

People seemed to like the site refresh. The most popular question I received in response was, “why the heck don’t you change the color on visited links?” This is a good question that I don’t have a good answer for. I recall having a good answer for it several years ago, but I can’t remember what it is. Or maybe it was never a good answer. At any rate, changing the color of the visited links is something I’ll be looking into.

I removed the dropdown menu from the front page. From the emailed reaction to its absence, it is not missed. (But it will still be back in some form soonish.)

Apple switched to Intel chips. I suspect you’ve heard more than you care to about this, so I’m going to leave further research on the topic as an exercise to the reader.

Unsurprisingly, your music collections are a lot more diverse than mine. Galego, Uzbeki, Putonghua, Gujarati, Swahili, and Phil Collinese were among the languages that people found in their music collections.

Look ma, I was in Time magazine.

When I got back from Ireland, I posted a picture to Flickr of an Irish breakfast we had one morning. That got quite a discussion going about if the breakfast was in fact Irish or if it was English or even Scottish and which nation was ripping what breakfast idea from whom. In the end, Flickr user esteban speaks the truth when he says, “God bless the fry up no matter what you call it.”

In case you missed it, reader Peter vanDerbeek made a 2005 summer movies calendar for us all to enjoy.

Still pursuing various rural internet options. The only thing we’ve learned for sure is that Verizon employees are quite nice and helpful. I’m planning on compiling all of the responses and information into a handy guide for folks looking for internet access in the rural US.

The 50 Fun Things to Do with Your iPod feature was quite popular, despite its non-appearance on Slashdot. (What, they don’t like fun? Time to read How To Get Slashdotted again, I guess.) Someone suggested that with the addition of 50 more items, it would make a good book(let)…which isn’t a bad idea at all.

In compiling the ordering strategies for How to order food in a restaurant, I neglected to include Chris Anderson’s forthcoming book on The Long Tail. The LT ordering strategy would probably only work in a place like Shopsin’s, with a menu of hundreds of different items or at places with really large wine lists.

I got sick earlier this month (I’ve still got a cough I can’t get rid of) and wondered who got sick in June. Turns out quite a few of you, including a fairly high proportion of my friends. Many blamed allergies, which probably had something to do with my own ailment as well.

Reader comments

tienJun 15, 2005 at 9:56AM

clearly, you’re getting your friends sick.

Ryan GuillJun 15, 2005 at 10:03AM

What happened to the “its current cooler than where you are in New York” thing you used to have?

MarkJun 15, 2005 at 10:37AM

I agree. I liked those random witticisms.

diegoJun 15, 2005 at 10:43AM

For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, getting sick in June is completely normal. It’s raining and in the 40s where I live (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

waylanJun 15, 2005 at 10:52AM

Someone suggested that with the addition of 50 more items, it would make a good book(let)…which isn’t a bad idea at all.
True, but wouldn’t you need to add 51 to really make it complete?

Grande FromageJun 15, 2005 at 10:55AM

It’s also raining cats, dogs, elephant AND Giraffes too, here in London Taaahn!

MarkJun 15, 2005 at 11:02AM

I didn’t mention this before, but I dig the site refresh. My favorite part: the “kottke.org” tab hanging off the bottom right. Good work.

Chris HansenJun 15, 2005 at 11:40AM

I contracted strep throat and am still on antibiotics for that. A couple of things learned this time around:

1 - when your throat is very, very sore, grapefruit juice is NOT your friend.

2 - watch your habits. when you make chicken noodle soup, leave the fresh cracked black pepper out until your throat doesn’t hurt anymore.

Just some hard learned advice… :D

Grande FromageJun 15, 2005 at 11:46AM

Vicks Vapor Rub is a winner too, for those long, sleepless nights when it feels like your nose has a lump of hardened concrete stuck up each nostril…think of it as a herbal sledgehammer.

Alexander MicekJun 15, 2005 at 11:57AM

While you probably are already planning on using this (and may have heard it suggested beford), I’ve found that the Son of Suckerfish CSS Dropdown tutorial (http://www.htmldog.com/articles/suckerfish/dropdowns/) to be very useful in creating drop downs that work in many different browsers. Hope that helps.

NataliJun 15, 2005 at 12:00PM

My favorite part: the “kottke.org” tab hanging off the bottom right. Good work.

Me too. It’s like the labels my mum used to sew into my clothes.

liaJun 15, 2005 at 12:58PM

Long tail won’t work at Shopsin’s, where you aren’t allowed to order what someone else is having or ask the wait staff for suggestions!

MikeBJun 15, 2005 at 1:04PM

I recommend NOT changing the color of the links already visited. Reasons:
1. If you can’t remember that you’ve already followed up on a link, maybe you should look again to remind yourself. You’ll learn more that way.
2. It is preferred not to have a website in Hypercolor (remember those tee-shirts?). Why does everything you touch have to change colors?
3. Design consistency - all of the links are one color, not two.

at.Jun 15, 2005 at 1:06PM

Of course, the site refresh is great. I’m a girl, so I like the stripes. Also, please don’t change the color of the visited links, for some reason, that has always bothered me.

AnjaJun 15, 2005 at 1:17PM

I’m a stripe design fan too.
I haven’t commented here before so I just want to say thanks for all the good links. Have a nice day!

beerzieJun 15, 2005 at 1:50PM

I’m glad you bagged the menu. I always accidentally rolled over it and it took awhile for it to go away.

Great work otherwise.

JoeJun 15, 2005 at 1:51PM

The pollin is killiing me up here in long island. I just moved back from florida so everytime (wich pollen also kills me) so prety much where ever I go any time I walk out side I can hardly breath

it would probly help if I stoped smokeing but that is just crazy talk.

JoeJun 15, 2005 at 1:59PM

“What happened to the “its current cooler than where you are in New York” thing you used to have?”- Ryan Guill

Yeah now that I think of it where did that go. I enjoyed it much. You should bring it back. Mhm

wayneJun 15, 2005 at 2:18PM

for the first time in the 6 years i’ve lived on the east coast, my allergies to pollen, mold, etc. laid me out with a sinus infection for several days.

i thought i left my allergies in the hill country of texas with that ass hat gov. george bush. apparently texas can linger wherever one goes. some elements sooner and longer than others.

edJun 15, 2005 at 2:57PM

How about explaining to your readers why you took two vacations and haven’t really been writing on a scale or frequency one would expect from a “full-time blogger.” The people who gave you all that money might want to know about this.

ryanJun 15, 2005 at 7:28PM

Full time employees are entitled to paid vacations. Especially those that have provided years of free content.

Ryan GuillJun 15, 2005 at 9:56PM

When jason provides content on his website resulting from his vacations, and even enlists help with remainered links while he is away, as well as staging content ahead of time that will appear while he is gone, i would definately say he is giving his due effort. What other full time blogger do you know that posts with his frequency or better especially on such a broad range of subjects?

Anil DashJun 15, 2005 at 10:30PM

Considering how good my links are when he’s gone, I’m surprised you’re not arguing for more vacations. Although I guess Ed, your whole thing has always been bitching about other bloggers.

kellyJun 15, 2005 at 11:17PM

I suggest nay on the changing of link colors only becuase it bothers the hell out of me to have some links one color and some another. The links you have now are beautiful.

Dan BrunoJun 15, 2005 at 11:44PM

I really like this layout. The dropdown menu made me cry a little bit inside.

The “currently in New York” thing? The Morning News has it in the RSS feed. I rarely visit this site (because of the RSS, not because I don’t like it), so I didn’t notice it was gone until now.

I’m with MikeB on the link colors. You should be able to remember what you clicked on! Yeesh.

Anthony YeungJun 16, 2005 at 12:32AM

The drop down menu created the “flash of doom” in FireFox.

funtooshJun 16, 2005 at 6:13AM

visited links: i, too, like them to keep their color, it s simply better for the design, especially for yourself (well you have visited all those links for sure) but i respect the usability argument. so why not strip them off the underline/border-bottom?

.igrekJun 16, 2005 at 10:38AM

. i was a fan of your currently news from NY too. i felt i could hear you breath trough these phrase :)
. and if there is a refrendum on links, i’ll vote them for the color not to change ! your reasons, whatever they were, where good ! i’m sure !
. as far as the stripes, i liked your picture best :) but stripes will do.

cheers !

AkaXakAJun 16, 2005 at 11:04AM

I’d like to note that Mr. Kottke’s sounding more relaxed than he used to. Might it have anything to do with a more relaxed life?

Anyway, the book sounds a great idea! Buzzword compliant!

edJun 16, 2005 at 11:13AM

Full-time employees only start earning their vacation after two months of employment, not immediately. :)

Although I guess Ed, your whole thing has always been bitching about other bloggers.

If you’re referring to Blog You X3 (a satirical site, not a series of attacks), I shut that down years ago and could care less about the “blogerati” at large. But you’re resorting to a logical fallacy and, as you frequently do, you’re evading the issue.

This concerns someone who was shrewd enough to ask for other people’s money before anyone else and then turned around and took two vacations, while offering more or less the same links that you could find among the top links at Blogdex or Waxy. I’m merely positing a question here that is fair and I’m certainly not alone on. If you pay a guy this kind of cash, then you expect the content to step up. You expect value for your dollar. You expect the employee to do his job. I’m talking about well-researched interviews, reporting and features. A genuine alternative. Jason doing what he does best. Something that involves a weblog that is more involved.

Instead, what we get here from Jason is more of the same: movie capsules and three-paragraph blurbs that appear to be written in about ten minutes and aren’t even copy edited.

Of course, since Jason worship is the norm here and any criticism (framed fairly and without nastiness I should point out) is apparently tantamount to blowing your nose on the Pope’s robe, I expect neither an answer nor an equitable addition to this issue.

RyanJun 17, 2005 at 3:29AM

great job with the site. keep those articles comin’. peace.

Donovan PhillipsJun 17, 2005 at 9:58PM

I’m jealous. Of course, “Diary of a Pornographer” will never make the “A” list EVER for obvious reasons.

peter vanDerbeekJun 18, 2005 at 1:18PM

ed,

But you’re resorting to a logical fallacy…

I’m pretty sure that’s what you are doing…

As for your “support” (Sarah Hatter), she seems to just be annoyed that she can’t get the job she wants (link) and decided to take it out on Jason. Her criticism is amusing:

I mean, I haven’t been on vacation in over a year now, but whatever… Is that somehow relevant to Jason and the situation she is discussing? No, it’s not.

Now, he’s planning a trip to some rural area and asking for tips on internet options since he’ll be there for “a few months.” Interesting criticism… Direct from the page she linked to: There’s a possibility that I’m going to be spending some time in a rural area with no DSL or cable over the next few months and I need high speed internet access to work on kottke.org while I’m there.

I’VE NEVER EVEN BEEN TO EUROPE! So…?

But there were some of us who took the whole blogging as a career thing more seriously, wanting to actually see where this would take him, and were committing ourselves to seeing it through until the end of the year financially and by maintaining or increasing his site traffic. How about you see it through then? He took some (well-deserved, in my opinion) time off, made arrangements for the site, and now is back at it again. I have no doubt that he will continue to provide the sort of content we have come to expect from one of the greatest bloggers in the world.

And here’s my favorite part:

UPDATE: Yeah, I just realized this post might rake in a few more visitors than I anticipated, so if you found this post alarming, interesting or idiotic, feel free to give me  $2 via Paypal. I promise to not board up my windows and run off with your coffee money, but I might take myself to Europe for my birthday. (Good idea, Scott!) Nothing even needs to be said about this part… absolutely hilarious.

SHJun 18, 2005 at 3:31PM

Hey, uh Peter, it was a joke, and pretty much everyone got it. Everyone, it seems, but yourself. It’s a humor site, it’s meant to ruffle feathers, not take people to task. It’s quite unfortunate that people have to be so serious about every. Little. Thing. All the time. Maybe you’re the one who really needs a vacation?

Also, if you want to discuss the post, shoot me an email and we can have a ball or go post about it on your own site. For now I think bringing it up here is inappropriately off topic, as is misinterpreting an essay which has nothing to do with kottke.org and ranting about it in a comment thread. So, getting back on task, I quite like the new site deisgn.

peterJun 18, 2005 at 8:12PM

My sincere apologies for any misunderstanding… I read your post again (and again…) and definitely still have trouble seeing how it could be a joke. Apparently I’m wrong though, and I apologize (sincerely) for that. (I must say though, it’s a really poorly-constructed joke, in my opinion… which is why I didn’t—and still don’t—really get how it’s “funny.”) Also, note that I’ve never read anything on your site but the two posts I referred to in my comment, so that may explain why I didn’t really pick up on the “joke.” I simply treated Ed’s comments (and, therefore, his supporting evidence) as though they were intended as serious comments regarding kottke.org, and replied accordingly. Sorry!

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.