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TorgoX
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Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Sunday November 30, 2003
10:31 AM

Shocking Bad Hat

[ #16083 ]
Dear Log,

So I got Zeldman's book, Designing With Web Standards, a.k.a. the Shocking Bad Hat book. It's full of really great content; but the tone of the prose makes me want to go lick electrical cables. Grah.

Okay, okay, this is my impression of Jeffrey Zeldman looking at his morning cup of coffee: "This bold coffee consumable offers just the kind of compelling flavor taste that today's New Media designers demand."

And this is my impression of me looking at my morning (2pm) cup of tea: "Vergangenheitsbewältigung! Vergangenheitsbewältigung! Vergangenheitsbewältigung! YOW!!!"

Luckily, I can recover from the Shocking Bad Hat's prose book by reading the other thing the postie brought me from Amazon today: A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Reexamined As a Grotesque, Crippling Disease and Other Cultural Revelations by Cintra Wilson.

I'm merrily unpacking things, and thus getting over the move from Juneau to Ketchikan as if it were all a bad flu. The other important part of this move-recovery process is figuring out the quirks of the appliances that came with the place. Gotta slam the dishwasher door or it won't click shut; and its timer is broken so it'll sit in rinse cycle forever until you nudge it into the drying cycle. Therein is a metaphor for, oh, whatever.

I should release these modules I've been hacking at lately. I repeat: Grah.

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  • So I got Zeldman's book, Designing With Web Standards, a.k.a. the Shocking Bad Hat book. It's full of really great content; but the tone of the prose makes me want to go lick electrical cables.
    I agree. Great content, but after about a third of the book I felt that I had got the message: Standards good, old style bad, and hoped that finally he would get to the meat of it and "show some code". That never really happened, so I handed the book to out local design people, hoping that they would get something o
    • so I handed the book to out local design people, hoping that they would get something out of it.

      Yeah, I've had the thing barely three days now and I'm already thinking about donating it to one of the local public/university libraries. I have some designer friends who might like it, but now that I think of it, they've been using semantic markup for years before this Fear Of A Black Hat book came out.