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.

Cars 2

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Pixar is back with Owen Wilson and Michael Caine in this John Lasseter directed sequel. Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater get wrapped up in a classic fish-out-of-water international espionage adventure. I have loved every single Pixar film. I have no doubt I'll love this one too. :)

Background Image Bug in Internet Explorer 8

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I am working on specific styling for a site in Internet Explorer 7 and 8. Our designer has provided a list of styling adjustments that need to be addressed specifically for these browsers. One of the issues we ran across is that the background image tile for the body was glitchy rendering where the background for the body would only appear if we were to resize the window or if we were to hover on the odd item.

I went looking to see if there was a bug or issue specifically for IE8, and sure enough I found several examples described throughout my search. The following CSS code works in WebKit browsers, Mozilla browsers, and Internet Explorer 7:

body {
    background: #b7b3a4 url("../../img/bg_generic.png") repeat-y center top;
}

Sadly, IE8 has a bug that requires the parent element be specific to HTML and not the BODY of the document. Normally we keep to a general rule that the HTML element does not contain any styling. We usually consider it just the container for the rest of the document.

However, in this particular case the fix for the disappearing background tile on the body is to apply that background to the HTML element instead.

html {
    background: #b7b3a4 url("../../img/bg_generic.png") repeat-y center top;
}

It's not a nice fix as the browser should be able to handle this css. However, we apply this particular fix into an ie8hacks stylesheet so that it only applies when the HTML code recognizes the browser. Just a friendly little reminder that you still have to hack a bit for Internet Explorer. 

Green Lantern

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Marvel Comics have done a fantastic job of bringing their characters to the big screen. Warner Bros and DC Comics has not, outside Superman and Batman... and even those two franchises have been rebooted due to mediocre adaptations.  Now director Martin Campbell and actor Ryan Reynolds are going to try to bring us the Green Lantern as a summer blockbuster.

There has always been a lot of potential in a Green Lantern film. Let's face it, it's the ultimate story of wish fulfilment, a magic ring that can make anything you can think of. But it also had a lot of potential for being incredibly terrible, such as a rumour that it was going to be made as a comedic vehicle for Jack Black.

The first trailer came out at the tail end of 2010 and it did not impress. At best it looked like an average attempt to spin a DC franchise into the douchebag-to-hero character arc that worked well in Iron Man. Six months later, they released new, much better footage, this time focusing on the big set pieces, out space scenes, alien police corps, and general ring slinging... now I'm definately looking forward to it :)

Duke Nukem Forever

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Finally! This game was first announced way back in April 1997... fourteen years! I recommend you take a read over the disaster that was it's long-running development before Gearbox Software came along and tied it off at last.

A Book Apart: Responsive Web Design

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The fourth release from a terrific series of easy-to-digest books. This one is written by Ethan Marcotte and explores CSS techniques and design principles, including fluid grids, flexible images, and media queries, demonstrating how you can deliver a quality experience to your users no matter how large (or small) their display. This one sounds like a must-buy!

X-Men First Class

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It's a prequel to the other three movies and none of the original actors in it. I've never been a big fan of prequels as it usually comes off as an overly-clever way to try to come up with backstory where backstory wasn't required. On top of this, the marketing on this flick started out terribly, with bad leaks and poor PR.

However, I do like the sixties-seventies time period it is set in, it does have some great actors in it, and I loved director Matthew Vaughn's previous work. So I'll give it a chance... though maybe on a Tuesday cheap-seat night :)