Jesse Collins, and then some.

A blog dedicated to those who would rather be at the cottage.

Archive for January, 2007


Friday, January 26th, 2007

Zeldman started it.
Jan 26 temp in celcius for Bracebridge

A Long Overdue Realign

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Well, I can hardly call this a realign as I’ve begun a complete overhaul of the site.

As usual, what began as a chance to test some code based on Andy Clarke’s seminal Transcending CSS for a client’s Shopping Cart site turned into a complete overhaul of the blog.

So for those of you so inclined, it is now using xhtml strict, CSS positioning for layout (oy, that was fun – but I think I’ve got it down…) and a bunch of unfinished styling and pages.

For those of you not in the new media trade: it’s nothing more than a tip of the hat to the outboard motor ads in the old National Geographics that lie in cardboard boxes in the basement.

A trip to the boat show got me thinking about how the blog might be a way to make even this mild winter pass a little more quickly – and the cottage dreamer was born.

An Article That Still Resonates

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

In April 2002, after we lost four young soldiers overseas, a writer for the Sunday Telegraph wrote this article, a piece of which is quoted below.

It seems that Canada’s historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored. Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.

Sadly, it is still true today.

Sunday Telegraph Article 2002 – (380k PDF)

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