Archive for March, 2006

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March 5, 2006

It’s March! It’s Early March!! Why are they predicting -17°C for Wednesday night?? Of course it’s an uncertain prediction, all weather predictions are if they are that far ahead. But still. Minus 17! Not to mention the fact that we would need to shovel the driveway twice a day if we wanted to keep it reasonably clear.

March! Get real, Thor.

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March 4, 2006

Right, so this is a) only funny if you know Swedish and b) rather rude. It will help having some knowledge of the Värmland dialect as well (more specifically, in the ways that it is lexically similar to Norwegian).

This was published in Expressen a few days ago. My colleague Kicki (who does have some knowledge of the Värmland dialect) showed it to me, and we wondered together if that was the same edition of the rag in question that was published in Karlstad? Yes, knowing a bit about language is important…

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March 4, 2006

I finished my Master of Arts degree in December, 1998, by submitting and getting a Passing grade for my paper in library and information science. Today I picked up the degree certificate. I am the queen of procrastination! Given that it won’t be that many years (I hope) before I get a much prettier diploma saying I’m a PhD*, it might seem a little unnecessary. But the department secretary has asked for us all to show our degree papers, which meant I kind of needed a paper to show. The funny thing is that here, at this job, my degree doesn’t make any difference to my pay, it’s just a matter of what letters they put in the university phone book; whereas at my former job it was a substantial difference in pay — but there they didn’t ask to see the diploma, they took my word for it.

It’s a rather nice-looking piece of paper though, with my full name, an embossed seal** and a water-mark and everything. If I remember it, I might scan it on Monday when I bring it in to work, and post a picture.

*Wood duly touched.
**Not that kind of seal. Stop barking.

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March 2, 2006

Today I’ve learnt about the attribute “a:hover”. It works the same as “alink”, that is, it changes the way a link looks when you move your mouse over it. a:hover is a CSS feature while alink is a html tag, and I’m not sure why whoever created this template thought it necessary to include both. But since I don’t know CSS, I guess there might be very good reasons to do so.

In any case, links should no longer go invisible when you point at them.

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March 1, 2006

Content is about 100% more important than form, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m a bit excited about the new look. Which might not be final — I have a couple of ideas which I may or may not implement later. And of course it will be a little while before I’m sure I’m happy with the look.

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March 1, 2006

Notice anything different???