I bought a 1971 MGB GT

Last Thursday, I bought a 1971 MGB GT, British racing green with overdrive and Rostyle steel wheels.


I drove the MGB GT from the seller's house to my house, then my wife Jane drove it back. She told me that I'd like driving her Taurus to work. It was strange driving back home in my Toyota Solara as the only thing we could hear were the tires. There seems to be a lot of mechanical noise produced by the MGB GT. On Saturday, we took a nice drive to Oxnard, then down Highway 1. We ate at a nice little place called the Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market and Patio Cafe. The prices are good and the fish is fresh and the ocean was a deeper blue than usual.

The car does need some work but it has been fun for my wife and I these last few days. Chuck said that I'd get to be very close with All Car Parts Ltd in Canoga Park, CA and I'm already getting to know them. The MG mechanic Darrin that I'd like to bring the car to was on vacation but will be back Monday. Since the car sat for a long time, I think it should get a major maintenance. We did discover that the floorboard can get very warm after driving a while. I may buy a MGB heat shield which is supposed to lower the temperature of the floorboard by about 30°F, making the car more comfortable to drive.

When a co-worker asked why I'd buy a car that leaks oil, with lights that only work in daylight and windshield wipers that don't work when it rains, I told her, “It's my mid-life crisis”, which seemed to satisfy her curiosity. I'm not sure why that explained it just as when people ask me about my name and I tell them that my mom is an artist. They go okay, and don't ask for more information, it just seems to explain it.

I took the 2008 Web Design survey, have you?

A List Apart is taking another survey.

Calling all designers, developers, information architects, project managers, writers, editors, marketers, and everyone else who makes websites. It is time once again to pool our information so as to begin sketching a true picture of the way our profession is practiced worldwide.


Take a few minutes and take the survey.

I Finally Took a Vacation in 2008

Last month my family and I took a vacation. We visited my wife's sister and brother in law. My son picked us up from the Atlanta airport and with my Garmin GPS for directions, we drove to our sister and brother in law's new house in Alabama. As we came up the driveway we glimpsed their new home.


The house is big, much bigger than they thought it would be from looking at the plans. It is a beautiful home and they are gracious hosts. They live on a small hill right next to the lake.

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JSMin and JavaScript Conditional Comments

In Robert Nyman's post Conditional Compilation in JavaScript he noted that “Unfortunately, JSMin removes conditional compilation comments, but I believe this is due to not having been updated in a while, and not up to speed with modern web development practices”. So I took that on as a project. I took Franck Marcia's javascript implementation of JS Minifier and modified the javascript code to not take out Microsoft javascript conditional comments.

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Domino Directory Type Ahead

Update: 2009 Jan 22 - Added link to dirlookup.css.

Around December 2006 I read a tip on Julian Robichaux's site about Google Suggest-type Lookups In Notes code he had written. I downloaded the code and thought that I could make a few improvements. I changed the code to:

  • Use Object Literal Notation.
  • Added highlighting/auto complete support.
  • Changed to code to dynamically create script elements for data instead of using the XML HTTP request object. Using script files gets rid of cross domain scripting security issues.
  • Supports multiple input fields instead of one field.
  • Supports the ($VIMPeopleAndGroups), ($VIMGroups) and ("Servers") views in addition to the ($VIMPeople) view.


I'm sorry it's taken a year and a half to publish.

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