Layouts

The issue of laying out web pages is a thorny issue. Tried and tested is fine. Implementing interesting solutions is sometimes hard – not aided by browser inconsistencies.

But what works in practice? It’s not the final word, but it seems Google have mapped successful AdSense hits – which must have side-effects in where you put the important items on the screen.

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Being involved

Those that can, do. Those that can’t, teach.

So said someone, I though it was GB Shaw but WikiQuote doesn’t know about it, so it can’t be true.

There’s an addendum to that cliché.

Those that can’t teach, administrate.

Which is rubbish. When I give up competing, I plan to avoid coaching (although will probably not manage that). I don’t want to leave the sport entirely so will officiate and organise. The satisfaction you get when organising rather than actually competing is surprisingly high.

When events go well – even if the weather tried its darnedest to intervene – it is fun and enjoyable to administrate.

Python (Monty)

Me, a little earlier to a colleague, “just because the document we’ve received from on high [from our new bosses in the takeover] is called Unit Test Plan and has the words Unit, Test and Plan in 32 point font on the first page, doesn’t actually make it a unit test plan.”

There are some who say that Scott Adams is the bellwether for the digital, cube-bound, open-plan generation – today’s offering is particularly apposite. There are others who claim that Blackadder has oneliners that will always fit.

I have been known to hold forth that Top Gun has a quote for all occasions.

This morning, though, as often the case, Monty Python was the nominee. In particular their cat licence skit. Some might quote William Shakespeare, a rose by any other name smelling as sweet, I prefer John Cleese:

“This is a dog license with the word ‘dog’ crossed out and ‘cat’ written in. In crayon.”