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I spend a lot of time on the 'web. It's my day job, and I'm happy to do it. Besides building websites, I think about the web and where it's going. Occasionally I have something to say about it. This is where I keep these thoughts.

My opinions are not noted for tact and diplomacy. That's okay, they are my opinions and it's my site.
This area is not for the sensitive, the politically correct, or the "kittens-butterflies-rainbow" crowd!
The youngin's probably shouldn't be exposed either!

Current Opinion

Hiding Content [Posted] 12/11/02

One of the re-occurring themes that appear on design lists is 'hiding content', or making one's code invisible. Most of the solutions just don't work. The internet is not about hiding stuff. But in the interest of fairness I can offer a proven method of hiding content.



It's Time to stop the Music [Posted] 08/30/02

I want you to stop buying Commercial Music and going to Movies for six months.
Because if You do not cut off their money they will cut off your Internet access. They have already killed Internet Radio.This is not about the short term pain of your favorite musician, they have already been screwed so royally that it is amazing that you can even recognize them.


Shelley Powers wants to be Center of the Universe [Posted] 05/24/2002

This is a multi part opinion.
The First part is about Shelly Powers the Blogger and a recent posting she made. Those that like or respect Shelley Powers will want to skip the first section.

The Second part is a critique of her greeting if she were ever invited to speak at a conference having anything to do with Technology or the Internet.

The Third part is a series of reasons why realtime blogging is not going to go away but will only increase in velocity, utility and ubiquity.


No RAND for Me [Posted] 10/03/2001

The web works because HTML is an open system.

The majority of what you see on your screen is written in Hyper Text Markup Language. This language has been carefully created to extend the capabilities of what can be communicated from one computer to another. The source for this is the W3C World Wide Web Consortium.

The W3C holds a special position in our little world. We in concert, without clubs, memberships, secret handshakes, or free mouse pads, have decided to agree on the W3C Recommendations as the stone tablets of our universe of the web. We are here as these 'standards' are non-proprietary, open source, and do not 'belong' to anybody. This means that we have a baseline to begin our exploration and experimentation with what we can get to show up in a browser.


Terrorism and Responsibility [Posted] 09/14/2001

We have spent over 200 years building a country whose guiding principles are the pursuit of Individual Liberty and Freedom. It is has worked very well. We have become the most powerful nation in the world. We got here by having open borders and welcoming people from other lands come here and become Americans. We got here by being Americans who believe in these principles.


I am a Source Code Thief 09/1/01

My name is the head lemur and I am a recovering Source Code Thief!

I started in 1994 with my first internet connection. Netscape and Internet Explorer gave me the ability to peek behind the scenes. I thought that View Source would take me to the First Page of the Internet. It didn't.


An Open Letter to ICANN At Large Study Group 08/12/01

From: Alan Herrell (aka the head lemur) Ex-Candidate for North America
To: ICANN At Large Study Committee
Subject: At Large Representation

I would like to preface my remarks by acknowledging the work that ICANN has done to this point, offer some observations and perhaps point towards a direction in keeping with the nature of what it really is that you are attempting to do.


The great stock hunt - 08/01/01

As a result of the arrest of Dmitry Sklyarov instigated by Adobe Systems Incorporated, I vowed to purchase a share of stock, simply to be eligible to attend shareholders meetings to let them know in person how I felt.


A Open Letter to Adobe Systems Incorporated - 07/21/01

Your prosecution of Dmitry Sklyarov under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, is the most ill advised misstep you could have possibly made as a company who plans to profit from software products used by people on the Internet.

Smart Tags - Dumb Idea 06/17/01

There is a new technology that threatens the web. Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6.0 Smart Tags
The quest for control of presentation by designers has taken many turns. From the first graphic browsers in 1994 to the sophisticated tools for creating webpages and managing content available today , designers have used the web to display the fruits of their labors.
Over the next few years the web developed and more websites arrived, from individuals, business and governments, browsers became more complex and began the bloody trail of tears known as the Browser Wars.

The Microsoft Internet - The Next Episode - 06/12/01

Let me preface this opinion by introducing the Highlight . If you mouse over the yellow bit, using CSS a title box will appear allowing you to enhance your sites with bits that may require additional information or pithy comments.
The latest episode of Microsoft Knows Best is being previewed across the web. In yet another effort to turn the Internet into a commercial wasteland, Microsoft introduces a new "Feature", Smart Tags!!.

An Open Letter to the Congress Of the United States - 05/30/01

I am posting this on the internet in hopes that you actually use what you are hoping to legislate. To simplify this for you, I am hoping that you are actually reading this. According to this Report [1], most of you folks don't even read your email.

Faith and Lemonade - 05/21/01

Faith is that area of human experience that allows us to believe. In a higher power, in our fellow humans, in the triumph of good over evil. An act of faith requires that you suspend your rational abilities and believe something that you cannot demonstrate or repeat like a scientific experiment.

Closed Source - Open Source - 05/09/01

"Computers add and subtract. Once you get away from the bells and whistles, and cut to the core, computers add and subtract. Everything you see on the screen, whether you watch or produce, is a result of adding and subtracting. Computer Programs are lines of code that add and subtract. Source Code is what runs computer programs. There are two kinds. Closed Source and Open Source. "

Web Design & Digital Art Schools - 04/11/01

"The most amazing about the web is the almost entirely self taught nature of what you see. The majority of sites are created by folks who say to themselves, "hey, I can do that", and proceed to do it."

Teresa Earnhart Speaks - 03/04/01

"This is a press release from Teresa Earnhart, the widow of Dale Earnhart, reacting to the media's request to make Dale Earnhart's autopsy photographs news."

The Scout Report - 02/03/01

"I have written about the Scout Report before. They need help.
If you haven't been there, go now, we'll be here when you get back. I am re-printing their letter. "

An Open Letter to Orange Digital Media - 01/15/01

"This morning, surfing over to Zeldman's Daily Report, I saw this posted"
"15 January, 2001 [7:30 am] Orange Digital Media has swiped one of our Adobe articles without credit, attribution, or a request for permission. Adobe owns this copyrighted material. Not smart, fellas. And not very nice, either. "

The Tyranny of Standards - 01/02/01

"A recent article over at oreilly.com written by Shelley Powers, author of Developing ASP Components and other proprietary crimes was writing on how Standards and the Web Standards Project was in effect throttling the development of the Internet."


Why are you doing this?

The short snappy answer is because I can.

The long answer is:
The internet is empowering individuals, businesses, schools, artists, and governments the ability to present information, entertainment and opinions in a common format. That's why I do it. Your comprehension may vary.

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