January 28th, 2004

Andrei in the office

GAH: Writer's Block

This is more code relevant that actual art. Granted, to me... code is art. I am about to transition from the basement level of my creation to the next level up. Unfortunately, I have managed to create a basement level that has left me utterly confused on how to design the next level.

I keep hoping to catch one of those passing flashes of genius and it's just not coming yet. Happily I have many art folk in my life and on LJ. There is some comprehension of my sticking point. If anyone is curious I will try to explain my situation in their terms in the hopes that one of us can find the missing next step.

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Andrei in the office

Gripe moan vent...

When did "No Cheese" become the international neon sign that reads, "Please, F*&#-UP my order and by the way.. make sure there is cheese on it?"
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Andrei in the office

DTD inquiry

This is cross-posted all over the place in the vain hope that someone might have an answer:


<!ELEMENT foo (bar)> means that a </font>foo</font> element can have only one </font>bar</font> sub-element.

<!ELEMENT foo (bar+)> means that a </font>foo</font> element must have at least one </font>bar</font> sub-element, it can have more.

<!ELEMENT foo (bar*)> means that a </font>foo</font> element may have at least one </font>bar</font> sub-element, it can have more, it can have none.

<!ELEMENT foo (bar, gub)> means that a </font>foo</font> element must have only one </font>bar</font> sub-element that must be followed by a </font>gub</font> sub-element.

<!ELEMENT foo (bar | gub)> means that a </font>foo</font> element must have <strong></font>either</strong></font> one </font>bar</font> sub-element or one </font>gub</font> sub-element.


if my </font>foo</font> element has 3 sub elements. Call them '</font>bar</font>, </font>gub</font>, and </font>kli</font>'. My constraints are. The sub elements must appear and must only appear once, but they can appear in any order.

You'd think:
<!ELEMENT foo (bar | gub | kli)+>
But that means: </font>foo</font> will have at least one sub element that could be any of the 3 choices.

I'd thought maybe:
<!ELEMENT foo ((bar) | (gub) | (kli))+>
But that seems to suffer from the previous problem.

Any takers?
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Andrei in the office

Memetime: Where in the USA is Carmen Andreiago?

From a post by sk4p (*stopwatch*)
When you crib it, credit!

And yet, I seem to see a pattern emerging here.

It's ironic that I can fully comprehend when I went through areas of the country. It's also amusing that the large hole in the middle represents several of the states that I just plain don't believe in.

I refuse to believe in Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota, and Vermont.

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Andrei in the office

From the "Weird sh*t of the day" department.

We are constantly battling what influences our children. Are reality shows like fear-factor and that "bain dramage" (sic) show on MTV inspiring our kids to do stupid things?

Probably. I think it's more or less the parent's duty to help filter and explain. But, just when you think we've got it bad and irresponsible in the US of A. Even Japan, proves that it can one up us in putting the most screwed up ideas into kids in the name of fun and toys.

From a reference from my coworker Michael (who came to my New Year's Eve bash and chatted about "Fight Club" with me yesterday). Michael found this on an RSS feed called MetaFilter, which I now need to read.

Italics mine
KabaKick is russian roulette for kids. The player points the pink, plastic toy gun at his or her own head and pulls the trigger. Instead of bullets, a pair of feet kick our of the barrel (which is shaped like a pink hippo which looks nothing like a hippo or feet). If the gun doesn't fire, the player earns points.

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