Media players

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  1. Ah yes Windows Media Player. The space bar toggles whether the window chrome vanishes or not, which I’d imagine is why that particular problem manifested. Intuitive, no? It’s an immensely frustrating application, it doesn’t get any better when you have to code for it.
    BSG’s feels like it’s been treading water over the last few episodes (not nearly as much as Lost though), but this week’s effort marked a definite improvement. With only three more episodes left this season I’m hopeful that they can maintain the momentum.
    But never mind all that. Put the television torrents away and get back to your ninja css. Some of us are desperately curious to find out what you’re working on, you know…

  2. Windows Media Player is one of those immensely frustrating Microsoft applications. Not because it’s terrible, but because it’s almost reasonable. And yet, the ways it screws up are so innovatively brain-dead, one has no real alternative but to abandon hope. The space-bar-toggling-chrome-hiding thing just makes my blood boil, because it’s wrong on so many levels. Including, but by no means limited to, the tooltip for the button that performs the same action not listing the shortcut, when other tooltips in the same application do. Arrrggh!
    My theory about BSG, meanwhile, is that they’re having real trouble getting the storylines to fit the episode length. It’s all either rushed or overly-languid. It’s not the writing that’s bad – it’s the script editing. Unusual.
    Lost I gave up on after two episodes, when it became apparent that not only was there going to be a second series (which rather undermines the whole point, surely?), but it’s not at all obvious that the showrunners know what the end point is either. The only way they can get out of this is by pulling a Prisoner on us, only that’s already been done; anything less will be wussing out, and hence a betrayal of their audience. Trust me, it can only end it tears – get out now.
    As for ninja CSS: I’m hacking up a new How2 site in WordPress, fiddling with what I might do here and how much I can be bothered, and looking ahead to what would be lashed-together-but-technically-interesting MT install for the mooted NESTA project. The last is the interesting one, in part because it only has to work – looking good would be a plus, but it’s only a functional prototype/proof of concept, so is entirely optional.
    And my ninja is only a yellow belt anyway.

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