Archives for December 2005
I originally posted this on December 20, 2004, but I think it would be nice to bring to the forefront once more…
Back in September (2004), Neil Gaiman posted an entry on his site that mentioned the definition of the word ‘Xmas’. Like many, if not most Americans (and perhaps other English speakers), I assumed it was a shortened and/or slang version of the word Christmas. Apparently this is not the case. According to the American Heritage Dictionary (via Dictionary.com), Xmas is a valid word, with a long history within Religious writing:
> Xmas has been used for hundreds of years in religious writing, where the X represents a Greek chi, the first letter of, “Christ”.In this use it is parallel to other forms like Xtian, “Christian”. But people unaware of the Greek origin of this X often mistakenly interpret Xmas as an informal shortening pronounced (ksms). Many therefore frown upon the term Xmas because it seems to them a commercial convenience that omits Christ from Christmas.
Some handy Google Tips for your enjoyment.
Apparently, back in the mid 1920s, Josef Stalin “ordered the creation of Planet of the Apes-style warriors by crossing humans with apes”.
History kicks ass…
This recipe for Mulled Cider (Spiced Apple Cider) sounds delicious!
How to enable the OS X Character Palette
Stuart Robertson of Design Meme has posted a concise write up of his Top 5 Firefox Extensions for Web Designers. I wasn’t aware of Aardvark, but it looks to be quite useful. The other two extensions that aren’t on my list of Firefox Extensions, are ones that I continue to monitor. Hell, the geek in me has happy little daydreams about each of ’em.
GreaseMonkey has grown in popularity in a very short time, and while I like the idea of having the ability to script other sites, I just haven’t taken the time to install and play with it. I think it will be very addictive for someone like me…
I haven’t used del.icio.us for a couple of reasons. The first is the fact that I don’t like the idea of relying on an external entity to host my bookmarks. I need to spend some time researching the ability to sync my local bookmarks with del.icio.us. For now I keep my bookmarks synchronized using my own server. The second, reason is the same as the one I noted for GreaseMonkey. I think I would spend a lot of time tagging and tinkering.
Perhaps I will add these to my list o’ things to do on my holiday time off…
LukeW: Blog Interface Design 2.0 – Good article, though it is yet another example of someone tacking on “2.0” when there is no reason for it. Sigh.
Xeni Jardin, over at BoingBoing posted an interesting note about a National Geographic article: Oldest Known Maya Mural, Tomb Reveal Story of Ancient King. The article explains that the mural, depicting a “stunning story of creation”, dates to 100 B.C., which utterly changes archaeologists’ understanding of the Maya, “proving that these stories of creation and kings—and the use of elaborate art and writing to tell them—were well established more than 2,000 years ago ago, centuries earlier than previously believed.”
I won’t rewrite the article here, but take a few minutes to check it out – it is a fascinating read, especially the description of the story told by the mural, which “traces the maize god’s birth, death, and resurrection, which brings sustenance to the world.”
Additional information and photos are available from the Peabody Museum.
SitePoint Blogs – Adobe CS2 and the Case of the Disappearing Thumbnails! – I had actually noticed the lack of PSD, EPS, AI and PDF thumbnails as well, but hadn’t bothered to dig into it. Glad to see a proposed solution. Hopefully Adobe will fix this in a future release.
Kevin Davis has redesigned his site, Alazanto. I highly recommend you give it a gander when you have a chance. You will see a shining example of the beauty that can be expressed on the Web.
I recommend you use Firefox as there are some nice touches that IE doesn’t implement. But that’s not too surprising now is it?
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”
George Bernard Shaw