Collecting the Internet So You Don't Have To

We work on the Internet. As such, we are constantly consuming information. Believe me, there is a lot of it out there. Sometimes we even forget things unless we write them down. Our blog covers everything from web standards to the muppets, php to comic books, music and everything else that we find interesting. Leave us a note when you drop by.

Sherlock Holmes

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Plot Summary: In a dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous characters, "Sherlock Holmes" sends Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country. 

St. Patrick's Day

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Saint Patrick’s Day (17 March) is a Roman Catholic feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (386-493), the patron saint of Ireland. It is a national holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the overseas territory of Montserrat and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide by Irish people and increasingly by many of non-Irish descent. The oldest and largest parade in the world is held in New York City. Parades also take place in Dublin and in most other Irish towns and villages. Other large parades include those in Savannah, Georgia, Manchester, New Orleans, Montreal, and Boston. Large parades also take place in other places, including London, Paris, Rome, Munich, Moscow, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Copenhagen, and throughout the Americas.

As well as being a celebration of Irish culture, Saint Patrick’s Day is a Christian festival celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland (among other churches in the Anglican Communion) and some other denominations. The day always falls in the season of Lent and sometimes during Holy Week. In church calendars (though rarely in secular ones) Saint Patrick’s Day is moved to the following Monday when it falls on a Sunday. If it falls in Holy Week, it is moved to the second Monday after Easter. It is traditional for those observing a lenten fast to break it for the duration of Saint Patrick’s Day.[1]

In many parts of the U.S., Britain, and Australia, expatriate Irish, those of Irish descent, and ever-growing crowds of people with no Irish connections but who may proclaim themselves "Irish for a day" also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, usually by drinking alcoholic beverages (lager dyed green, Irish beer such as Murphys, Smithwicks, Harp or Guinness, or Irish whiskey, Irish Coffee or Baileys Irish Cream) and by wearing at least one article of green-colored clothing. Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch once proclaimed himself "Ed O’Koch" for the day and is one of the most famous people of non-Irish descent to publicly revel on the holiday.

[Source: Wikipedia]

Nicole at Guppy Design

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Nicole from Guppy design, one of the cooperative graphic design houses we work with, is celebrating her Birthday on St. Patrick’s Day. I have been informed that the priority of this day is all wrong.

The date of Ms. Nicole’s birth will of course take priority over the day assigned to one of the most well known Saints in the Christian religions. The reason to drink and carry on like drunken Irishmen is because a woman named Nicole was born on this day. Everything else is just coincidence.

We now remember this particular date because of her from year to year.

Astro Boy

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Release Date: October 23, 2009
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Director: David Bowers
Screenwriter: Timothy Harris
Starring: Freddie HighmoreNicolas CageKristen BellNathan LaneBill NighyEugene LevyMatt LucusDonald Sutherland
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Official Website: AstroBoy-themovie.com
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Plot Summary: A thrilling tale of a true hero, "Astro Boy" is an all-new, feature film full of action, adventure, humor and heart. It will be brought to life on the big screen in breathtaking CGI animation on October 23rd, 2009.

Set in futuristic Metro City, "Astro Boy" is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist named Tenma (Nicolas Cage). Powered by positive "blue" energy, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly.

Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance, Astro Boy encounters many other colorful characters along the way. Through his adventures, he learns the joys and emotions of being human, and gains the strength to embrace his destiny. Ultimately learning his friends and family are in danger, Astro Boy marshals his awesome super powers and returns to Metro City in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about and to understand what it takes to be a hero.

Boondock Saints II, All Saints Day

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"The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day" is the highly-anticipated sequel to indie cult classic, "The Boondock Saints." The film is the continuation of writer & director Troy Duffy’s tough, stylized cutting edge saga of fraternal twins, the MacManus brothers (Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery). The two have been in deep hiding in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former lives or modern technologies. When word comes that a priest has been killed by sinister forces in the tough underworld of Boston, they return to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those who must now suffer the consequences, with a new partner in crime (Clifton Collins) and a sexy FBI operative (Julie Benz) hot on their trail!

Final Fantasy XIII

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In FINAL FANTASY XIII, you will embark on a journey through the cityworld of Cocoon and the outerworld of Pulse. Along the way, you will encounter diverse allies who will fight alongside you. Execute powerful attacks with weapons and magic, and summon the enigmatic Eidolons with an evolved Active Time Battle system. Experience seamless transitions between real time gameplay and in-game cinematics. Do you have the courage to face your destiny?

Planetary, Vol 4

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PLANETARY VOL. 4 HC
Written by Warren Ellis
Art and cover by John Cassaday
This is it – the final, spectacular hardcover collection of Warren Ellis and John Cassaday’s PLANETARY. Collecting issues #19-27 of this unique series, Volume 4 features the final battles waged by Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner and The Drummer against the mysterious Four along with the surprise return of a key player no one could have foreseen! It’s been over a decade in the making – don’t miss this unforgettable conclusion to one of WildStorm’s most acclaimed series.
Advance-solicited; on sale March 3 • 224 pg, FC, $24.99 US

Phasing Out Development Support for Internet Explorer 6

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Julian Moffatt
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Over the past 9 years (yes, it has been 9! years since IE 6 was released) we here at Visual Lizard have battled on a near daily basis with all the quirks, the botched rendering, the double margin bugs, and other little things that make IE 6 one of the most horrible web browsers we have ever had the displeasure of working in. It is with great pleasure that we are announcing that we plan to phase out support for IE6 in our normal development flow.

Why?

Several reasons actually:

  • IE6 is a security threat on many systems
  • IE6 has a terrible rendering engine for CSS2
  • IE6 fails badly when trying to render anything from CSS3
  • IE6 handles most modern JavaScript just badly enough to cause us dozens of hours of extra work
  • when IE6 handles JavaScript really poorly it crashes
  • IE6 does not see HTML5 elements (largely because the HTML5 spec wasn’t even a draft when IE6 was released in 2001) which means we cannot style them or rely on them for your website
  • IE6 is 9 years old. That is a lifetime and then some in terms of the internet.

However, the real reason for dropping support for IE6 is so that we can continue to advance the practice of web development and apply it to our craft on a daily basis. We want to build nice things for you. It pains us to have to smash those nice things into pieces in order to allow Inernet Explorer 6 to play with them as well.

What Makes You Guys So Special?

Good question. We are special for a number of reasons, like our attention to detail in the work we produce, the joy we take home with us after a hard day’s work programming and the fact we know more about the internet than most humans but that is not what you meant. We have been following this issue for awhile now and we are not the only ones. Google Enterprise has announced that IE6 support will be retired in March. Microsoft has had Internet Explorer 8 out for public consumption since early 2009 and they even redirect people to download Internet Explorer 8 when you visit their site looking for IE6. Facebook.com, Youtube.com, Digg.com, Gmail.com, and many other big sites are starting to exclude IE6 from their list of supported browsers.

There are also dozens of web developer driven sites that are pushing for the demise of Internet Explorer 6, of which you can add visuallizard.com to the list.

Wait! You Can’t Do That! People Still Use IE6

Cross section of 20 of our projects over the last 30 days and the percentage of IE6 visits.

Correct. There are people that still use IE6. We know this. In looking at a random sampling of statistics from 20 of our projects in the last 30 days, we can see that only 7 of 20 sites get 10% or more of their visits from Internet Explorer 6. The one project on the list above with a 48.3% IE6 usage number is a local government organization that cannot update their web browsers in office until they update some software they use on a daily basis.

However, the primary reason for this shift in our development practice is so that we can reduce our initial estimates for client work. Lately we have been inundated with requests for cheaper costs on our development time, due to the recession. While we cannot reduce our hourly rate on projects if we hope to stay in business and provide the level of service our clients expect from us, we can remove one major element of our time consumption. In looking over our process, we cannot drop support for web standards. Morally we cannot allow ourselves to cut corners on programming a project. We certainly cannot stop returning your phone calls and emails. Therefore Internet Explorer 6 hacking can leave quietly and show up in the if needed line items.

Additionally, most of our clients want interactive elements such as sliding images, appearing text, form labels that provide more descriptive text on mouse touch, photo galleries with some animation(s), and occasionally AJAX data calls. Phasing out support for IE6 allows us to reduce our estimates by anywhere from 15-30%. Possibly even more in some cases.

But Our Organization Still Has To Use IE6

Yeah. We feel your pain. If this is the case, we can still help you. The options at that point are serving up less complicated style sheets for IE6 or spend some time hacking away until IE6 can handle the site. Either way, it will still work in IE6 if it has to work in IE6. There will just be an itemized line for Internet Explorer 6 Hacks on the invoice.

What Happens to My Current Site?

Nothing. It will still work in IE6. We are not flipping some switch to turn off IE6 support in all our past projects. We actually don’t even have that switch to flip! Current projects in development are not affected by this process change. We are strictly speaking about work that we develop in the future.

Even after 10 years of pain with IE6, we still feel a little odd writing up this post. IE6 has been part of our work process for so long. However it does feel very liberating to finally be able to firmly state that IE6 support is now an option and not a requirement. The sooner we all move to put IE6 into it’s grave, the better the web will be for everyone.

Ponyo

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From the Academy Award®-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki comes "Ponyo," a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale "The Little Mermaid." Already a box-office success in Japan, the story of a young and overeager goldfish named Ponyo (voiced by Noah Cyrus) and her quest to become human features an outstanding roster of voice talent, including Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Betty White and Frankie Jonas as Sosuke, a young boy who befriends Ponyo.

2012

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Release Date: November 13, 2009
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Roland Emmerich
Screenwriter: Roland EmmerichHarald Kloser
Starring: John CusackChiwetel EjioforAmanda PeetOliver PlattThandie Newton,Danny GloverWoody Harrelson
Genre: Action
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Official Website: WhoWillSurvive2012.com
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Plot Summary: Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. "2012" is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.

Canada 3 USA 2

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Canada 3 USA 2

The best newspaper cover in Canada this morning. Translated - King of the Games. What a great hockey game.