Do you ever think to yourself, "That's perfect blog material. If only I had a blog." ? I do (all the time) so I decided to set up my own blog.
Over the last few days I treated myself to some new domains. Firstly, storyburst.co.nz and storyburst.com. StoryBurst is a new project that I've started work on based around interactive story telling, to say anymore would give everything away. I'll keep you informed about StoryBurst once a beta site is fully operational.
Go and see it! Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (Episode 3) is a very fine movie. Well scripted and well Directed, bravo George Lucas. Forget your objections about Episodes 1 and 2 like we all had, Revenge of the Sith is closer to the originals than it's two companions in the trilogy. But be ready for a Star Wars mold-breaker. By the way, if you pay close attention you will be rewarded with some big plot hints. Go and see it!
Today I went round to a mate's place. His flatmate has a couple of Segways. Man are they cool! You just lean forward to go and you can get up to about 25kph.
As part of my efforts to make a real go of things with this website I decided that I need something that all the great blogs have, my very own logo.
It's just gone midnight and I've spent a good portion of the day working on this blog. The layout has evolved away from it's Minima roots, infact it's had a complete rewrite of the stylesheet and html structure. The layout as you can see is still very similar to the older layout but has taken on some of the characteristics of the new logo.
As stated in my last blog entry, I recently converted my contact page to the hCard format. While I was perusing the hCard page the other day I came across something interesting in the Examples in the Wild section of the wiki. It's a link to this very website. A little research into my web-stats and the hCard page history leaves me to believe that Tantek Çelik (co-author of the hCard microformat) came across my last entry while searching Technorati for entries on microformats and decided to post it as an example of an hCard. This is a great honour as Tantek is one of the heroes of web-standards and is one of the people I look up to in my studies to become a better designer. Thank you Tantek.
My portfolio is finally here. This is the first time that I have put together any large collection of my own work. The portfolio currently goes back as far as early 2002 (although I'd like to hunt down some earlier work) and includes over 80 individual pieces of webdesign with a few logos thrown in.
Are computer games creating a generation of violent killers? Statistically, a child born during the creation of Rock and Roll was more likely to violently offend than a child born during this era of Gaming. Who's statistics are these? The US Department of Justice.
A couple of months ago I considered attending Web Essentials 2005 but decided that like most students, I just can't afford it. I've since decided that this is something that I really need to attend, and it's in just under two months. WE05 will be a great chance to make some great contacts in the webstandards world and do some serious learning from the greats who will be presenting.
He was once my friend. He would help me everyday and never let me down. He was always there when ever I needed him. I once told everyone how much of an asset he was and how I couldn't live without him.
gVisit is a neat little tool that tracks recent visitors to your site and displays the data as locations on a Google Map. The standard version can only track about the last 20 visitors to your site however, if you donate to the development of gVisit you'll be able to track the last 100 visitors as well as remove all advertising.
Ever wanted to layer multiple backgrounds on a single element? I know I sure have, with my title for instance. I had to worry about adding excess elements just to have something to assign a background to. There's 4 different backgrounds on 4 different elements.
I recently attempted to make my way to WE05. I held out hope of getting their for as long as humanly possible but I'm afraid that I won't be making it this year. I do however have 12 months to save for my trip to WE06. Interestly enough the domain we06.com has been registered for some Harvard Glider project so it may not be called WE06.
Two posts in one day, this is a first for me. I could have left this to another day but I've decided to vent my frustration now while it's still fresh.
Today is my 20th Birthday. I have realised that I'm now starting to reach that point in everyone's life where you stop looking forward to your Birthday. I have to ask the question: Where did my childhood go? Life seems to be both the longest and shortest things that you will ever experience.
In one month the face of the world wide web will change forever. Ok, that was a little over-the-top and melodramatic but the point is, exactly one month from today over 650 websites will be changing in unison. It's all part of the November 1 CSS Reboot 2005. They call it the Fall 2005 CSS Reboot, but I won't. For me it's Spring. Some people don't like the Reboot idea, I do. Sure there's a temporary sensory overload as you try to see all the new websites but they're all so beautiful.
I recently emailed my local ISP Orcon telling them why they should switch to a web standards based design. As always it was a compelling argument. A week or two later I found that they'd started converting their website as I had suggested. I haven't heard anything from Orcon so I'm not sure whether or not it was my email that convinced them but never the less, I should have been happy that they'd made the jump right? Well, yes and no.
I'm still in the middle of my big CSS Reboot redesign/rebuild and last night I hit a surprising problem. After listening to the WE05 Podcasts I decided to opt for a liquid layout but found that certain browser widths were giving me a 1px variance in Firefox. Aparently it's a rounding error in Gecko (not IE for once) and it annoys me something chronic.
Today marks the first day of Blind Week here in New Zealand. With the CSS Reboot exactly one week away it's a good last chance for all rebooters to make sure that their new websites will accessible for the blind and for those with other vision imparements. The added accessibility is worth both your time and your effort.
What does inspired really mean?
The clock hath struck midnight (GMT +12, +1 for daylight savings) which means that it is time for the unveiling of my Fall 2005 CSS Reboot.
Molly Holzschlag writes an open letter to Disney Store UK about their recent redesign.
I'm sitting in an internet cafe on the main street of Auckland's city centre at 2:45 in the morning and seeing as I've got time to kill I thought I'd hit the ol' Wordpress.
Tomorrow morning I'm off to beautiful Matarangi on the Coromandel Peninsula. It's the third annual trip that I've organised for myself and a group of friends that I used to go to High School with. I can look forward to five days of lying in the sun and swimming in the cool sea. It may not be as exotic as Molly's Eastern Caribbean Cruise but I'll try and bring back some photo's of the beautiful beach.
Just a quick note that my portfolio is back up and running, as usual all comments are welcome. I'll add some more recent work soon.
Since it was posted on ieBlog that some existing CSS filters will no longer work on future versions of Internet Explorer (including the upcoming IE7) there has been a bit of a buzz about the disappearance of the commonly used Star-Hack. Filters have become a necessary evil in order to resolve bugs and inconsistencies with the browsers. In an ideal world where all browsers behaved the same way and were bug-free we wouldn't need filters, however that world does not exist. At the same time filters are all about exploiting other bugs in browsers in order to get them to ignore sections of code or to parse sections that other browsers wont.
Camp America is a summer camp work placement programme that is run the world over. This year I will be part of it. I'm currently awaiting selection by a summer camp which will be located somewhere in the United States. I hope to get a bit of travelling in after camp although I have to be back in New Zealand by late September for a string of birthdays (including my own 21st).
Yes I know that I've only just rebooted back in November but exactly six months later, I'll be doing it again. The reboot is being driven by a large change in the focus of this site. I'll still be focusing on design and web standards, but I also want to make my website a place for friends and family to keep in touch while I'm at camp. The idea is to take a MacBook Pro with me to help me keep everyone updated with video podcasts and flickr feeds.
Personality tests, while there's often one or two things that you don't agree with, they seem to be pretty correct on the whole. I came across an entry on Joshuaink about this site Personal DNA which determines your personality type. It turns out that I'm a Benevolent Inventor, seems to have me all worked out.
The South by Southwest Peoples Choice Web Awards are back and New Zealand's own 95bFM website is in the running for the CSS category. The 95bFM site was made by the very talented team at Cactuslab. I've always been a big fan of the site and I'm glad that it's made the final five. Make sure to vote for it to win.
I came across a new app on the new iMacs today, introducing Comic Life. Hayden and I even made a quick comic of our own to show it off. It's a little silly but making it was good fun.
I just completed my 2006 Census form and for the first time ever, I did it online. Being the web-savvy geek that I am I had decided to scrap pen-and-paper in favour of the web interface as soon as I heard that it was an option.
I've rewritten my contact page so that it's now a bit more attractive and works better when translated to vCard format. I've done some testing with Windows Address Book and the OS X Address Book and all seems fine. Please feel free to point out any problems you may find with the hCard otherwise any suggestions that you have.
One of my favourite designers (possibly my all time favourite) Dan Cederholm has yet again realigned his website with a nice new design called Araknoid.
As I'm heading overseas to travel I've decided to switch to a US based webhost. I've been hosted at iServe in New Zealand since I decided to start my own website. Friends tried to convince me to move my hosting offshore to take advantage of the lower pricing, but I've always been a loyal kiwi. iServe have been a great host and I recommend them to all New Zealanders.
The team at Web Standards New Zealand have put together a conference for this May called Webstock. Unlike last year's WE05, I will be at Webstock and I'm really looking forward to it. Douglas Bowman, Kelly Goto and Joe Clark are all going to be giving presentations.
kerihenare.com is now completely moved to DreamHost and thanks to the great setup at my new host I was able to do it seemlessly without anyone noticing.
Hold your applause, I have to clarify: I (kerihenare.com) am getting naked for Dunstin Diaz's First Annual Naked Day. I (Keri Henare the person) will be keeping my clothes on unless requested otherwise.
I've been a uni student and I'm about to be a tourist (a broke one) so I've learn't all about being cheap. And nothing says cheap like free software. I also happen to be a huge fan of fun viral marketining initiatives which is why I have to link you to macZOT it's all about promoting new software for mac. If you post about the website within the next few hours you could get yourself some cool new software for free.
I just received a link to an image showing how Microsoft's web designers are web standards enthusists like the rest of us. It may not be something new but I think that it's hilarious. It's all been fixed up now.
I consider my latest CSS Reboot attempt to be a failure. If you wish to follow my new redesign head to CSS Refresh to follow my redesign blog.
After I thought my days of Dreamhost downtime were over, it happened yet again. It wasn't a total outage across all of my sites this time. However, when everything came back up I had lost an entire database. I don't mean that it was corrupted or deleted, the whole database has vanished. My Dreamhost Control Panel doesn't even show signs that it ever existed anymore. This could only be made worse by the fact that I am a terrible person for backups. Terrible in the fact that I don't tend to ever do them.
I've been at Webstock all morning here in the lovely Wellington. I'm staying at Nomads which is just across the road from the venue (Wellington Old Town Hall) so It's pretty convieniant for me. Running out of internet credit so I can't really make a big post until I'm back in Auckland.
I am now in America, but before I left New Zealand I was without any real internet access for a month. So many things that I wanted to get finished before I left, didn't get done.
While I'm in America the easiest way to contact me is still by email. However I do have an american mobile number while I'm here too. +1 646 709 3629 Please TXT only because phone calls cost me money.
Yes it is I, Keri Henare with a long overdue (but brief) blog update. It's been almost three months since my last confession... I mean entry. I've been a very busy boy.
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I'm really wanting to focus on my Storyburst project which I've shelved for far too long so at the moment I'm looking for an experienced programmer (probably Ruby on Rails) to help me get Storyburst up and running.
More photos are now online of my journey in North America. New photos include trips to Seattle and the very Grand Canyon. If any photos look stupid or dangerous they aren't really.
Recently I celebrated by 21st Birthday (now back home in New Zealand) and my beautiful girlfriend Carmen read to me a profile of people born on September 30th. I'm not usually one to believe in things like this but I thought that it was rather fitting in a lot of ways so I thought that I'd share it.
I've been a growing fan of Apple Computers for several years now and over the last 18 months they've really become a passion of mine. While travelling I got to have some great Apple experiences thanks to my good mate Hayden and his lovely friends Pam and Paul Costa. Pam and Paul are both Apple employees and Apple fans (Paul is the Lead Engineer on the iMac). They put us up for several nights in their beautiful home in Sunnyvale where proudly displayed is this poster. We got to watch a game of Segway Polo featuring none other than Mr Steve Wozniak followed by lunch with all of the Segway Polo players and a quick tour of the Apple Campus at Cupertino.
More than anything, this post is just about claiming my blog on Technorati. I don't really use Technorati, as exciting as it's release was it's just never really clicked with me. Apparently I don't visit the site nearly as much as I should as I never re-claimed the blog after switching domains last year. So while I'm at it, here's a chance for everyone to tell me what's so great about Technorati. So what is it?
When I first got my MacBook I installed Transmission to look after my BitTorrent downloads but found it a little too lightweight for what I wanted. Bit Sticks has to get an honorable mention as a cool widget for for downloading torrents. Runner up was BitRocket but the top podium spot has to go to Xtorrent.
What, drawn, and talk of trends! I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Well OK a little over the top, but Shakespeare sure knew how to rant. On one of my all-too-frequent visits to SimpleBits I noticed that Dan had decided to tear things apart and do a live redesign. This approach leaves the website styleless or incomplete in the process. Most people choose to develop the website in private, then through slight of hand replace the old site with the new one seamlessly. Some wish to criticize this approach and others wish to follow the trend. It reminds me of computer game release delays. Everybody complains when a game is delayed but, when John Carmack delayed Doom 3 by 12 months there was no complaint. You don't doubt someone like John Carmack and you don't doubt someone like Dan Cederholm.
Yes it's one of those double posting days. I've told you what the current status of the website is but what about me. A lot has been happening in the real world too.
I've been using Steve Smith's Tiger Admin(istration) Plugin for WordPress for quite some time now. Basically it just restyles the WordPress Admin Panel to look a lot nicer. I recently managed to get my grubby little fingers on the Tiger Admin 3.0 Beta. (By which I mean that I got it from Steve, not illegally.) I'm sworn to secracy so I can't give away too much but it looks very, very sexy. Expect huge changes which make for a better product. Keep visiting Ordered List to get a hold of your own copy when it releases.
This is something that I've been meaning to post about for ages but haven't gotten around to, so I'll do it quickly now.
Before I started traveling around I handled all of my email from Mozilla Thunderbird on my Desktop PC using POP3. Thunderbird's spam filtering was great at filtering my spam client-side and I was content. But then I sold my PC and started traveling. I quickly switched to using the RoundCube webmail client (I could have used DreamHost's default SquirrelMail but it's ugly as hell) but ran out of time to configure SpamAssassin to protect my inbox from the torrent of junk floating through cyberspace. So I traveled the globe, often with little time to check with my email, sometimes weeks apart... and the spam piled up.
It has been an incredibly long 11 months (to the day) since I last posted on this blog. Sorry.
The web standards community will probably remember today as the coldest day in hell. Microsoft have announced that the latest build of IE8 successfully passes the Acid 2 test. For those who don't know what Acid 2 is, it's a test page created by the Web Standards Project for browser vendors to use as a method for validating the standards compliance of their products. The fact that IE8 passes Acid 2 must have silenced a few of Microsoft's critics.
Dan Cederholm is in the middle of another live design refresh. In the meantime SimpleBits has no styling what-so-ever. I'm not a very patient person and I love Dan Cederholm's designs so I decided not to wait for the new design.
I really like CakePHP and as I have previously mentioned, I had been intending to use it for the all new KeriHenare.com. However, I've decided to forget that and try something really new.
Due to the limitations of my UK Visa and the financial pressures caused by those limitations I have now returned home to New Zealand, alone. I have had to leave my darling Carmen behind to finish the last little bits of her university work. Carmen will then be going home to Valencia for a couple of months to spend time with her family before permanently relocating to Auckland. I'm man enough to admit it... I miss her terribly!
Today (while procrastinating about things that I should've been doing), I gave myself a little kick in the butt about this website. As Brian's Mum would say, I've been a Very naught boy! I've barely managed one post every couple of months since I got the site back up and there's only been one comment in the last 18 months. It's got to the point where redevelopment of the site is like a running gag in a sitcom or late night show (see "I'm f**king Matt Damon") with me talking about various things that I want to do but never actually do. Now the time has come to finally fix things.
I'm not the kind of person who makes new years resolutions. The new years resolution is the ultimate form of procrastination and let's you put absolutely anything off for an entire year.
Apache's mod_rewrite has become a friend to web developers throughout the world. It allows you to create tidy, user-readable URLs instead of ugly, meaningless links that often just expose an ID for a database record. A 'Fancy URL' will usually contain a version of the page title which is both human and machine readable as well as being a valid URL segment, this is called a slug.
The age of HTML5 has arrived and it’s time that we should all be using it, however, in your rush for the “next cool thing” please do not brush accessibility aside.
It's been a long time since I've given my blog any decent amount of loving. I've often talked about the things that I've wanted to do but my dreams often didn't produce any tangible results. I have created more design concepts for this website than I care to think about and have many gigabytes of hard drive space taken up by concepts in photoshop format. Some concepts even reached the HTML or Wordpress theme stage, but none went live. In terms of development, I've looked reworking and extending Wordpress many times and have even looked at developing a Django-powered version. Nothing came from my redevelopment attempts either. That is, not until today.
I realised the other day that I have quite a few Transformers t-shirts. This won't surprise many that know me because I'm a massive Transformers fan. For those who didn't know, yeah, I just got geekier. I love my Transformers t-shirts and I've decided to wear a different one to work each day this week. I know that I've got at least enough to cover this four day week, so I might even continue on after that.
HTML5, I love the idea but I often find myself having issues with the ongoing saga of politics around it. Faruk Ateş recently wrote of The Battlefield of HTML5 (it's a good read if you haven't already) and made one suggestion that I completely support, Modularised HTML5.
I dropped out of University twice. Computer Science didn't turn out to be as interesting as I had hoped and I was too young to appreciate tertiary education. If I had studied film I probably would have been more interested, but I couldn't see the career relevance. I have since regretted not having any form of qualification.
As a rule, we only deploy websites from Subversion and this is something that we made company policy long ago. However, there are times when we are limited to FTP access and for these occasions it's good to have a decent FTP client. Panic's Transmit has, for a long time, set the standard for FTP clients on Mac OS X.
When I was twelve I picked up a book, not because I had any interest in reading it but because I was forced to read something (good old SSR). The book was Tomorrow, When the War Began and it instantly became the favourite book of my youth. I hit the library the same week a took out every book in the series that had been released so far. Since then, I have read every book in the Tomorrow series and it's spin off The Ellie Chronicles.
The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill was passed with a large parliamentary majority but also with a big outcry from the public. I've written about copyright infringement and now I want to write about the law that has stirred up so much discussion.
The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill is a flawed piece of legislature but a big part of the public outcry wasn't just the bill itself but also the way in which it was passed. It made the public aware of the ongoing abuse of parliament's urgency laws as well as the fact that politicians pass laws with little understanding of what the laws mean.
We’ve all seen the ads that run before movies, at least those of us who still pay to see them. “You wouldn’t steal a car. You wouldn’t steal a handbag. You wouldn’t steal a movie." And that’s what they would have you believe, that copyright infringement is exactly the same as theft. Not like theft, but the same as theft. Some (who themselves listen to pirated K-pop) even try to tell us that assault on copyright is the same as assault on a human being.
This year, alongside the general election there will be a referendum on the future of MMP and the selection of a potential competitor, should we decide that replacing MMP is an option. I want to look at the different options for electoral system that we have available.
As I have previously mentioned, I don't believe that any of the alternatives on offer in this year's referendum are better than MMP. However, I would like to propose an alternative Electoral System: Proportional Representation. Please keep in mind that this is intended as an initial discussion piece that could evolve into something more solid.
It's a well known fact that I'm rather shite at keeping this blog up to date. I often have had a lot to say but the content never felt like it was the right fit for what I wanted to achieve with this site. A while ago I came up with an idea to create multiple blogs, each dedicated to different topics that I want to talk about. Although it has actually been running for a few weeks now, I would like to formally announce the first of these new blogs, Arbitrary.
After more than three great years, this will be my last week with Pixel Fusion. I have accepted a position as a Senior Developer at Vend.
I wrote the below article on the "Protect Marriage NZ" Facebook page but they disabled the ability for other users to write on their wall and thus destroyed my post. I'm re-posting it here for all to see.
Today, Louisa Wall's Marriage Equality bill will face its first vote in parliament. A vote that is expected to pass. But there is still a lot of opposition. These opponents, in an attempt to not be perceived as bigoted, claim that they are not against gay marriage but are instead against the redefinition of marriage.
When I was 15, I worked the Christmas rush at my Uncle's seafood factory and earned enough money to buy my first mobile phone. This purchase started a relationship with Vodafone which has now spanned almost half of my life. Recently I've begun to examine my relationship with Vodafone and in general, the relationship between brands and loyal customers.
If you follow me on twitter you'll probably know I'm very opinionated and more than happy to discuss (some would say argue or troll) my opinions. I indent with spaces, Lea Verou indents with tabs. Lea has blogged about her reasons why she thinks that tabs are superior. I'm going to provide my opposing opinion and then tell you why neither of our opinions should really matter anyway.
We have only two days to wait until New Zealand's 50th Parliament passes Louisa Wall's Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill into law. Those opposing the bill know the likely outcome of the third reading and are getting increasingly desperate to stop the bill. Family First have tried to play the "think of the children" card, however, the reality is that their stance puts children at risk.
Since I joined Vend a little over two years ago our team has grown from a few desks in a corner to four offices across the globe. Over that time the industry has exploded, bringing lots of competition (and a few clones) but also validating Vend's existence. I have loved working at Vend, but sadly my time to move on has arrived.
It's been ten months since the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill became law in New Zealand. Bob McCoskrie, still outraged at the idea of loving couples being joined in marriage, has resigned as a marriage celebrant in protest. So I've decided to fill his spot.
In a couple of months this blog will have been running for a decade. The website started as just a mechanism to throw my thoughts into the ether. Over the years however, as I've pushed myself as a web developer, it's become a more of a sandbox for experimentation.