Ethan Marcotte now blogs at Unstoppable Robot Ninja.

Weblog entry:

All a-freakin’ out.

Well. What with warnings of a global pandemic and war coming up some time after lunch today, I’m not stressed out at all about travelling next week. Not in the least.

Rationally, I know that I’ll have a kickass time next week, enjoying nine days of Bass and backpacking, and pretty much not wanting to come back home (hell, not sure I want to be here now…). Rationally, I know that I’m a little too freaked out by things happening at a scale much larger than my own, and I just need to breathe.

Rational thought just doesn’t seem to be en vogue lately. Honestly, I’d like to leave the office right now, heading back to my apartment, and hiding in a fort made out of my couch cushions until the world starts to make a bit more sense. I’ll let you know how it goes.

<deep breath>


Elsewhere: Tim Bray has some excellent, if surprising, comments about his ambivalence toward XML — I say surprising, since he’s one of the language’s co-creators. While my PERL chops are pretty much nonexistent, Bray’s got some interesting concerns.

Dithered has returned, and bears gifts for the good little coder girls and boys.

I’ve been told by a few of you kind enough to review new site design that Windows IE 5.5 misaligns the background graphics oh-so-slightly. I’d love to get my hands on a copy of that browser, but Microsoft seems to have removed that release from their server — can’t find it anywhere. If anyone can point me to an available download, I’d very much appreciate it.

If memory serves, announcing the development of a new feature on this site pretty much guarantees that I’ll never build/deploy it. That said, I’m working on a comments section for the three of you to play around in…look for it either in the next week, or after I’m back from London.

<deep breath, take two>

Things are quiet in the office today; Kim and Catherine working along, each of us in headphones to drown in our music of choice. It’s a gorgeous day outside, with slate-gray skies and a slightly brisk wind. Seems quiet out there, too…guess everyone’s waiting to see what happens next.


Hooray, technical difficulties.

There’s a WordPress issue that’s currently preventing old comments from displaying correctly. Sorry for the inconvenience, but hopefully we’ll be back online soon.