Adiós ie6

Sorry ie6, your names not down your not coming in.

ie6 is ancient, crap and quite frankly I can’t be bothered, not when it’s my own site. I deal too much with that in my day job to be arsing about with rendering bugs and bad programming in my own time.

So for ie6 users I have applied “Aggressive Graceful Degradation” via Andy Clarke and his Universal Internet Explorer 6 CSS.

The site is still very accessible via IE6, but just no visual goodies. There have been too many advances in css for me to stick with 6 year old knowledge, to allow me to grow professionally I need to be able to play with the new toys. I mean it’s not too much to ask for li:last-child or input[type=”button”] is it?

So if you are an ie6 user, just think of it as a realllly minimalist version of the design, or if you want to see websites not framed via technology from the last century upgrade now.

For those not using satan’s own browser, screengrab below:

ie6

clear:both

I’ve abandoned this blog for too long, my excuse being twitter took over my general communications attention and I have built more blogs in the last year and a half that the rest of my online career put together (about 250 odd blogs in just over a year).

The main driver for this was leaving publishing after eight long and enjoyable years in publishing to join Headshift Ltd. a social business consultancy (thus the multitude of blogs). I’m loving it, but haven’t felt the desire to blog much, I guess a coals to Newcastle type issue.

Yet it’s time to return to blogging, both as twitter, although an excellent tool is just that, a tool among many others that each have their own benefits and disadvantages. So as it’s a new chapter in this blog, it felt necessary to refresh the focus and design. Which has culminated in a more tumbler-esque feel (yeah, a bit obvious I know) in the sense that there are different types of blog entry; video, image, post and code (and maybe others in the future). That last category is because I want to speak more about code and my professional practice more, specifically css/xhtml/jquery as well as other concerns such as ux, interaction design, development (front-end + back-end) and all the bits inbetween (i.e. the issues with how those practices interact).

So I have categorised this post somewhat incorrectly as ‘code’ just because I can, to justify it, some css I use far too often, it’s generally non-semantic, there are other probably better methods (overflow:hidden on container for self clearing) but sometimes there is nothing more satisfying that popping this into a container after floated elements and see that bad boy get into line.

/* -------------------- */
/* =Clearing */
/* ------------------ */
.clear {clear:both; line-height:0; font-size:0; height:0;
padding:0; margin:0; border:none;}

Oh and btw, haven’t tested this in the IEs yet – not sure if I will (i will but I just want to be mean). Although they will be getting graceful degradation for the nicer more advanced bits on this design; you can’t make black&white tv’s show in colour so why try.

Right, hopefully it won’t be 6 months before I post again.

NO IFS NO BUTS

Had to be done, seen a few others do this via the medium of drawing, but felt some photoshopping was in order.

Benefit fraud
Benefit fraud
Benefit fraud

Generally I have been pretty disgusted at not just the greed of certain MPs but their attitude, first as they tried to stop the same kind of transparency (via laws created by themselves) most members of the public have to abide by (be it tax returns, benefits, crime, work, foi). This alone seemed to smack of one rule for them another for us, acting as if we are their servants, not the other way round. Then actually trying to justify claiming huge amounts of our cash in a time when most people are extremely worried about money made people rightly mad as hell just seemed quite amazing. Just becuase it’s the rules doesn’t mean it’s right (e.g. Iraq abided by their own rules – didn’t really help them did it?)

However in many ways all this was coming, greed, selfishness, protectionism of old ways regardless of their moral and ethical realities had reached fever pitch, be it the bankers greed, media, entertainment & publishing’s contempt for customers needs, police tactics towards peacful process, and now politics. All share a similar theme, the incumbants got greedy and took and took and felt an entitlement to the status-quo regardless of wether this was the right thing to do, or was fair. They deflected change or regulation as it was insinuated we don’t understand, we’re jealous. That’s not to say many ‘normal’ people were not also greedy and reckless in the past but in comparison it seems small change, also we weren’t in control.

It’s a time of change and we now have to tools available to us to (help) inflict that change (teh interwebs). It is no longer about a select group of people controlling from the top (and setting the rules accordingly) and benefiting from that control in pretty disgusting, unfair and arrogant ways. It’s about all of us joining in the conversation, all contributing our thoughts – it’s difficult to be unfair when everyone get’s the opportunity to voice their concerns.

Viva la revolution.

Right….

It’s about time I started drawing again. Been a long time. Recently realised that drawing and sketching can be massively useful for fast-prototyping ideas (obvious when I think about it but think I went a bit too digital or nothing in my approach over the past few years).

Went to Atlantis Art shop today and got me some sweet pencils and stuff (Caran d’Ache – Swiss made FTW)

Wierd looking back on old drawings and wondering if I can still wield the pencil, it’s now ten years since I finished my fine-art degree.

Chickens in pencil

If I feel brave enough might post some stuff here.

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