Category Archives: General

Today my name is Unicode

To celebrate International Unicode Screen Name Day, I have changed my IM screen names for the day. International Unicode Screen Name Day was dreamed up by Justin and Robert and it falls on every Friday the 13th, (not just April the 13th).

To find out more information on International Unicode Screen Name Day, or how you can create your own unicode screen name, visit one of their blogs.

CSS Naked Day

If you’re looking at my blog right now (and if the date is still April 5 when you read this), you may be wondering where my design has gone. It’s CSS Naked Day 2007! There’s not a whole lot to explain, other than I’ve disabled my styles for one day, April 5, to show how awesome well-designed web sites can be. The only change that I’ve made to my blog is to add an HTML comment around my style tag. Everything else has remained exactly the same.

I actually like to remove the CSS from my sites as I design them as well. By removing styles, you get to see how visitors would view your site using a browser that does not support CSS. Many cell phones and portable devices would see web sites like this every day. I believe CSS Naked Day is a great way to promote good markup and style design.

If you’d like to find out more information on CSS Naked Day, visit the CSS Naked Day official web site.

5 things you didn’t know about me

While I was rebuilding my blog, I was memetagged by Robert. So here’s 5 things you never knew about me:

  1. When I was about 10, I borrowed my older brother’s bicycle that was much too big for me. I was driving down the walkway of a strip-mall when I lost control of the bike and drove it through the glass door of variety store. The glass shattered all over the place. Lucky for me, I wasn’t hurt and the store clerk saw that it was an accident, so she let me go. I just wish someone had got it on tape.
  2. I had a brief life as a TV star and made appearances on both Romper Room and Brownstone Kids when I was younger.
  3. I was suspended for half a day of highschool for performing a headspin in the middle of my school hallway. I had been warned two or three times prior to this incident. It was the most perfect headspin ever.
  4. In grade 8, I spent weeks designing and sewing together a Sub Zero costume which I wore on Halloween. I think I have pictures somewhere.
  5. In both grade 10 and grade 11, I was failing Math after midterms but managed to pull my marks up by the time the semesters were over, just enough to pass. I now have a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. I have never failed a course in my life.

The hardest part of this task is coming up with five people that I can tag as well. Here’s what I came up with:

  • Heather – Love you babe.
  • Darryl – It’s been almost a year since you posted something lazybones
  • Geoff – I’ll wait till you have your blog done before posting your link
  • Jesse – Maybe you could use something to write about
  • Zeldman – This is just wishful thinking, hehe.

Update your bookmarks

Just a quick post to let you know that with the launch of the new blog, I’ve updated the blog paths, and if you have any bookmarks or RSS feeds, please update them appropriately.

Main blog URL:
RSS Feed:

Update April 12, 2013: You no longer need to worry about this page. The blog has been updated several times and the 301’s will redirect you if needed.

George Street Naturopathic Medicine

I don’t always post when I launch a new site, however I decided that perhaps I would start posting links to new sites when I launch them. I appreciate feedback on the design and coding of the site.

The site was designed for my good friend Joanna Thiessen. George Street Naturopathic Medicine is a naturopathic health centre in Waterloo, Ontario.

I was asked to create a design using the idea of an old house and something traditional rather than flashy and modern. Greens and browns were requested for the main colours of the site.

After coming up with a mock-up design in Photoshop, I sliced it up and created the HTML and CSS. You may want to have a look at the source of this site. A couple things that I’m somewhat proud of:

  • As on most of my sites, I’ve replaced the h1 title with an image, yet ensured that it’s still readable by search engines and screen readers.
  • The pageTop1 div is what I use to display the photo in the top right corner. I’ve designed it this way so that this image is easily substituted, or dropped completely, without any effect on the rest of the design.
  • I used an address tag to display the address under the logo at the top. As more devices are able to browse the web, and with more software like Google Maps I’m sure that address tags will provide more useful information than a p tag or regular div.

I appreciate any comments or suggestions you may have for me regarding this site.

What’s Up

Hi. Sorry that I haven’t been posting lately. Here’s what’s up with me:

I’ve started taking Wushu . Actually I’ve been taking Wushu for two and a half months now. Last night I tore my hamstring pretty bad, so I will probably be off for a couple weeks.

My brother Alex had Flesh-Eating Disease and has been in the hospital for the last two months as well. He gets out today though, so he’s going to be alright. A huge section of skin on his leg had to be removed.

Also, I’ve been trying to think of a feasible way of changing my email address. I don’t know how I’m going to give up my current address without informing everyone that I’ve ever given my email address to. There is just so much spam coming in lately. Don’t know what I’m going to do.

New Tea Pot

Shop at Asian supermarkets. Period. I just bought a new teapot at lunch. It’s rad to the bone. Fancy paited tea pot with the little screen that filters out your tea leaves. $12.99. You just can’t find deals like that anywhere else.