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The Year in Review.


In 2007, I got very very good at CSS. I considered myself a CSS beginner at the beginning of the year, and now I'm certainly an advanced CSS coder, with a focus on flexible, semantic, standards based, accessible code.

We added the Wii to our collection of consoles. We had to stand in line for it, but it was "free" since we used some gift cards earned through Visa Points to buy it. I later sold the GameCube and GBA Player on Craigslist.

I now understand the basics of football (American football). I understand downs, and point structure, and can even recognize when a team might want to go for two on the extra point. (There's actually some interesting math occasionally.) I'm even getting excited about the post-season. Since I'm a Seattlite now, I'm feeling a strong loyalty towards our home team Seahawks.

We bought a new townhouse in summer. The best $600 we ever spent was on paying movers to haul our furniture and boxes out of the old apartment, up two flights of stairs, into the truck, and then up 3 more flights of stairs at the new townhouse. Doing so made moving day tiring, but not impossible.

I did a lengthy study on IE6 solutions for alpha transparency .PNGs, and tutorial for easy .GIF creation in Photoshop. This probably bored to tears those of you whom I know in real life, but it does bring in one Google click a month or so.

We finally got our kittens. We do try not to be crazy cat-people.

I started learning Silverlight. I am beginning to feel competent with it. Hopefully next year I can report that I'm moderately skilled with it.

Recently, I've been working on a new backend for Pew Pew Laser Blog. A significant part of the work is done, but I need to finish some features still, and make it a bit safer from hackers. But I promise, and upgrade is coming! Tags, databases, Google Ads, comments! It'll be pretty frickin' sweet. I guess I better be getting back to work on that...

Does that Make Al Gore Right?


For the first half of this week, I attended the Silverlight Workshop in Seattle's Capitol Hill district. I did not like the studio space that was used for the workshop; it was very ghetto. Speaker Shawn Wildermuth was very knowledgeable; although his notes were missing some apostrophes. I was excited to go back to work and play with all the new code that we'd gotten, but unfortunately I had actual work to do. On Monday and Tuesday next week, I'll also heading offsite for another conference. There's an NDA involved, but let's just say it will involve a long bus ride and a company sponsored cocktail mixer. Woot!

In other news, that storm was a hell of thing, huh? It started snowing big fluffy snow flakes on Saturday afternoon at the beginning of the party we were throwing. Everyone said that the snow wouldn't stick, so of course the snow stuck. I love watching it snow - watching snow is one of the reasons I first tolerated football on T.V. The snow kept coming for 4 hours, and then turned into rain all night. On Sunday morning, it was snow and rain, and it turned into a non-ending torrential downpour in the afternoon. I was beginning to get worried about the small pond developing in the backyard.

The rain kept up all of Monday, with heavy winds. I didn't have too much difficulty commuting to the Silverlight Workshop though - bus shelters are plentiful around here. But many folks in less urban areas had a tough time of it:

Our temporary backyard water feature is gone now, but the news says that another rainstorm might be coming. Dandy.

Cursing the Heavens.


Because of my mad JavaScript skillz, I am the company Silverlight developer. I've been working with it for about a month now, and it's been slow going. I am not an animator, nor am I an applications developer. I have had some small success with Silverlight, but also some great failures. Recently, my movie player stopped working - and I have no idea why. Once I've finished with my production work, I'll be able to work on Silverlight again.

We had ordered a Silverlight book by one of Microsoft's evangelists that looked like it would be very helpful. Sure, there are many Silverlight tutorials out there, but it's difficult to find ones that are well written, or give me the knowledge foundation that I need. But Microsoft's Silverlight book's release has been pushed back another month. I think we'll have to get the O'Reilly e-books.

On the bright side, nice packages have arrived at our house recently. My tulip bulbs arrived yesterday, and today we got a laser pointer from ThinkGeek. The kitties LOVE the laser pointer. Or should I say, they hate it? In any case, they are entertained.