As per the request of one of the DanceNet readers, here are copies of the past ramblings of the DanceNet Webmaster.
It is *your* responsibility to make sure I get information for *your* events. Sometimes I accidentally get removed from your mailing lists so I might not hear about your events. It's your *job* to check these webpages to make sure your events are listed properly.
The best way to make sure I get your event notices is to send a *separate* mail directly to me, with my name in the messages, so that I know that I have to do something with it. Mailing lists aren't all that reliable since so many people get added and deleted so often that mistakes can happen. If I can make alot of typos while entering information on this website, I'm sure you're bound to make an occasional one on your mailing list.
And again, as a reminder, weekly newsletters are not an excuse for not sending me direct email. Newsletters tend to contain the same repeated information for several weeks at a time. In most cases, it's a *waste of my time* to have to read through all the prose for the one thing that *might* be different only to find out that I've already listed it on my calendars. After a few weeks of the same (looking) newsletter, I'll assume I already have that information on my website. *Don't* rely on your usual newsletter. Send only the useful information (edit out the propaganda) and that will improve the chances of your information getting into the calendars in a timely fashion.
I wish everyone would use FireFox as their default browser. Unfortunately, most people don't even know it exists.
I was just changing the layout of some of the pages on this website so the reader wouldn't have to scroll down too far (a webpage cardinal sin) in order to get the information they want. I wanted some special way make the text for each venue to be the same color, a slightly larger font, and of the same font. I thought it'd be nice if I could do this all in one HTML tag without affecting other standardized tags. I decided to play with the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) and create my own tag called <venue>, where I would set it to be a "sans-serif" font of size 11 points and color "003399" (the title of this page is in that color).
While it made sense to me (in an XML sort of way), I didn't know if it would work. Well, in Firefox, it worked exactly the way I had hoped. Before I went off to change all my webpages, I decided to check the Opera browser and Internet Explorer. Both Firefox 220.127.116.11 and Opera 9.01 worked as expected while Internet Explorer 6.0 did not recognize the new tag. This was somewhat frustrating because it would have allowed me to reduce the amount of HTML I used and speed up the viewing of these pages slightly. I'm still waiting for my Mac to arrive so I can test on Safari. (compare the Places to Dance in Connecticut page in both Firefox and Internet Explorer for an example of this HTML feature.)
I changed the layout of many of the New England pages. I finally got around to fixing a bunch of the HTML code that Internet Explorer chose to interpret differently from other web browsers. I'm still wondering why Internet Explorer choses to center the contents of each cell when the "center" command is *outside* the table.
a friend of mine who works on studying the effects of various situations on the brain was telling me about some study where they tested the reactions of people who were intoxicated (on alcohol, I presume) and people who were severely sleep-deprived.
When they subjected the intoxicated people to simulated driving conditions where sudden obstacles appeared (people crossing the road), these subjects did the expected where they tried to avoid hitting the pedestrians but their reactions were too slow to avoid hitting the people.
On the other hand, the sleep-deprived subjects didn't even *know* that they hit someone.
Scary, ain't it?