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June 30, 2004

New Masters of Flash coming in August

Friends of Ed really knows how to make a good looking book! New Masters of Flash: Volume 3 comes out in August, but the mini-site they've set up to promote the book is already up. Yep, that's yours truly :-) I'm not particularly photogenic, but I sometimes take a decent photo if I'm behind the camera. Check out the wallpaper; it's one of my jellyfish photos.

June 24, 2004

International Mathematica Symposium 2004

International Mathematica Symposium - Banff, Alberta, Canada ... Aug. 1-6, 2004

So close but yet so far! I didn't get the Wolfram email until after their June 15 early registration deadline, but I can't afford the registration fee either way!

Student $300, now $500 (CAD)
Regular $500, now $800
Tutorials $200, now $300 each

If anyone needs representation at the symposium and wants to SAVE THE AIRFARE TO CALGARY, I just happen to be in the neighborhood, and I'm a student ... call me! :)

June 17, 2004

E-mail Etiquette: Don't Dress Like Spam

A lot of time and energy goes into avoiding spam. In fact, it's gone beyond mere annoyance. Personally, it costs me a significant amount of time to deal with sorting for real email among the spam. I can create new filters until nothing comes through at all, but what good will that do?

Wouldn't it be great if the people sending us email (that we want) would make them easier to spot? Personally, I prefer inclusive and positive policies over exclusive alternatives. This article has some good suggestions, while discussing simple etiquette for email:

TechSoup - Articles: Using the Internet - Essential E-Mail Etiquette

I can think of some other tips to share:

  • Don't include my name in the subject line
  • Be sure to include a subject line. If there is no subject, I delete.
  • Use more than one word in the subject
  • hmmm...can you tell I do a lot of quick sorting by subject?

June 10, 2004

GalaxyGoo Going CSS

After five years as a table-based website, GalaxyGoo will be converting to CSS for layout. The conversion is quite a bit of work, I'll tell you. But it will be worth it once it's done. Already, it's getting easier.

Why did we wait so long? I was concerned about older browsers being able to use our site. Believe it or not, Arpanet shows up in our logs. But the simplicity and separation of content from presentation was too much for me to resist.

June 02, 2004

Updated Neuro Simulation

I've been doing some work on our Neuromuscular Junction Simulation lately. What motivated me to finally get back to this project? Well, in March I was asked to write a chapter about it for the upcoming edition of New Masters of Flash. Wow, I have all new respect for folks who write tutorials. It's one thing to build a project and another altogether to explain how to build it.

More recently, with Phyllis's help on the neuroscience, I've also added some of the different "treatments" to the simulation. So, now the student (end-user) can run simulations of various conditions as well as a normal stimulus and response at the neuromuscular junction (where a nerve ending connects with a muscle and transmits a signal).

By the way, if you'd like to support GalaxyGoo and you plan on purchasing a copy of New Masters of Flash: Volume Three anyway, we hope you'll consider ordering through our affiliate link to Stacey's bookstore.