Surprises/No Surprises

Back from vacation and the first day back at the office, here are a few quick reviews and observations:

Surprises

  • Casino Royale: Best Bond ever? Maybe. Certainly a re-invention of the formula, with actual character development and relationships. Frankly, it was awesome. I was marking out the whole time. “OMG he ordered the drink for the first time.” And there was poker — a bit of a modernization from the old Baccarat days, but I’m sure it got the attention of casual ESPN2 viewers such as myself.
  • Firebug: If you’re making any sort of attempt at all to learn anything about CSS and designing/developing pages for the Web, this is the Firefox extension for you. Stop acting like you don’t think you need it and download the thing now.

No Surprises

  • Transcending CSS: Because I have yet to meet a CSS book that I don’t like, it was no surprise to find Andy Clarke’s book a useful and attractive tool and point of reference. He explains how to do a bunch of simple stuff that I figured could be done, plus provides essential bits of workflow organization for those of us new to the business of design, but not necessarily the act of designing.
  • Star-Tribune sold: Knight Ridder was a big whale to swallow, so it’s no shocker to see McClatchy selling off some pieces of their kingdom for cold hard cash. Good luck, Minneapolis.

A few notes on web design

I’ve been carving up some code lately working on a couple projects, and I’ve realized that I just have no idea how to hack things correctly for IE. In fact, I noticed yesterday that my blog header is broken in IE, and I’m retracing my steps to try and figure out what it was I changed that broke it.

Time to buy a CSS book.

I’m leaning toward picking up a copy of Andy Budd’s CSS Mastery.

Anyone have any better ideas?