Friday, February 27, 2009

For a little color...

I can't recommend this site highly enough for the monthly collections of desktop backgrounds. They usually post these on one of the last days of the month and the collection for March 2009 is outstanding as far as I'm concerned.

March backgrounds from Smashing Magazine

The site also has excellent articles on web design as well.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


I'm not sure how I like the winter season here in Indiana.  When I lived in Michigan, especially in the UP, there was a definite start and stop to winter.  Once winter started, you knew it was there to stay.  Here in Indiana, the average daily temperature for January is 34 degrees.  That means it can be winter during the week and spring on the weekend.  I don't mind the part where I don't have to shovel the driveway much, but it can screw with your brain if you're not used to it.

But spring is on the way and that means bike riding.  The DINO Series gets started earlier this year with the Tuneup on the second weekend of April instead of the last.  And I can't wait.

Have you seen the cover of the March 2009 Bicycling magazine?  I think I may have found my new road bike.  I haven't really thought about much about getting a Giant but this one looks quite nice.  I haven't ridden one since I had my brothers old steel Rincon.  I rode that around Marquette quite a bit along Lakeshore Blvd.

Other things I've been thinking about are getting some new bike shorts and possibly a new jersey.  All my stuff is as old as my bike is and it sure would be nice to get something more in fashion.  I really like the Mountain Tee (long or short sleeve) from Performance.  What I'm trying to figure out though is, would that jersey still go with regular bike shorts?  Or would I need to get something like their Mesa short.  I'll have to think about that.

Tomcat Tip: Tabs in TLD files

When you're writing your own JSP EL functions and putting the function signature in the TLD file, make sure it does not include tabs.  Tomcat doesn't like it.