Footer does not extend all the way to the bottom?

June 12, 2012, by A. U. Crawford

In a recent project this common problem with the footer came up. The one where the footer won’t stay at the bottom of the browser window. If you position it absolutely then the content will overlap it when it’s taller than the browser. If you don’t then on short pages then you get a gap at the bottom; most noticeable on tall screens.
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February 29, 2012, by A. U. Crawford

alfred korzbski, creator of e-primeAlfred Korzybski was a Polish-American philosopher and scientist from whose ideas and theories about language, inspired the creation of E-Prime, by D. David Bourland, Jr.. E-Prime simplifies English by removing all forms of the verb ‘to be’ (is, was, were, etc). This has the effect of clarifying a message such to convey experience and not judgement. Then it becomes harder for the writer or reader to confuse opinion with fact.

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Simlish – Language of the Sims

February 13, 2012, by A. U. Crawford

the SimsWhen you think of languages, they tend to fall into various categories. One class that I often wonder about is Gibberish. The language of the Sim’s, or Simlish, is a Gibberish (nonsense language) created by The Sims development team at EA Games for the Sims series of games.

It’s meant to sound like a real language while not actually being one. Here’s an example of some Simlish:

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HTML5 Video – What’s the deal?

December 28, 2011, by A. U. Crawford

If you want to add video to your site, the easy way is to upload it to YouTube or a similar service. CMS systems like WordPress have JavaScript solutions to make it all compatible. But what if you don’t want to use YouTube? If you’re making your own CMS or web application, you can try HTML5 Video.

The above video was thrown-together for this post, so please forgive the shabby graphics.

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Google Web Fonts and Dyslexia

December 20, 2011, by A. U. Crawford

The text on this site has a specific font. It’s called Andika, and I found it on Google Web Fonts. You don’t know what that is? Most web browsers only understand a handful of fonts like Times or Arial. In the past, if you wanted cool fonts, you had to use an image.

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How To Listen

September 2, 2011, by A. U. Crawford

When I was in Mid-School, I was a member of a club called Peer Counselors. This club was made up of a group of kids who were taught how to listen. A box was set up on the school grounds where students could write requests to speek with one of the Peer Counselors, in private, about whatever they wanted with the understanding that what they said would never be repeated.

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