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I love CSS! [Nov. 21st, 2008|08:41 pm]
Marnen Laibow-Koser
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[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

From a Web application I'm developing:

BeforeAfter
[Before][After]

And most of the changes were just style attributes. Did I mention I love CSS?

EDIT: I neglected to mention that the icons are from the excellent (and free) Silk set, by Mark James. Thanks for making such great icons, Mark!

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Rails IDE: jEdit wins? [Aug. 5th, 2008|05:02 pm]
Marnen Laibow-Koser
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[Current Location |Princeton, IL]
[Current Mood |surprisedsurprised]

I just switched in the last couple of days from Eclipse to jEdit for Rails development, following the tips here. I knew jEdit was a nice editor on Linux (about on par with TextWrangler on Mac OS), but never seriously considered putting it on my Mac -- or considering it an IDE -- till I read that article.

As much as I like Eclipse for other languages, I am coming to the conclusion that it's overkill for Ruby, and that the Aptana team has not really followed through on RadRails' early promise. jEdit has Ruby code completion and Haml syntax coloring modules that work now, not whenever the bugs get around to getting fixed. jEdit's UI isn't quite as nice as Eclipse's, but it's a lot less bloated and more responsive.

(And before you ask, I really don't understand all the fuss among Rails developers about TextMate at €39, when TextWrangler is free and seems to be no worse, and jEdit and -- yes -- Eclipse are free and apparently better. Would someone care to enlighten me on why it's worth the €39?)

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More recruiter cluelessness [Aug. 4th, 2008|12:38 pm]
Marnen Laibow-Koser
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[Current Location |Princeton, IL]
[Current Mood |frustratedfrustrated]

More stupid recruiter tricks today. This one comes from Working with Rails, which has a job board that's generally excellent, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't have its share of silly posts. If you have a Working with Rails account, you can see the post at the link above. If not, here's the whole thing, complete with spelling and markup errors.

RUBY ON RAILS DEVELOPERS

Type: Permanent

Resource Management Solutions (RMS) are, in short an IT recruitment company; specialising in niche technology areas such as SAP, Oracle, CRM, Remedy, BMC.

But we also maintain a focus around specific Industry’s within IT, for instance Telecommunications, New Media and Web Development/Design (Front and Back end) and then we focus in on specific technologies within these areas; such as Ruby on Rails, Flash, Java, C#, XHTML, Web 3.0, PHP, CSS, Drupal and MySql etc..

Our main aim is to be specific and to maintain a niche, by concentrating our focus around these Technologies.
I have chosen to focus my core business around the New Media, Marketing and Web Development space.
As you are obviously aware this is a cutting edge market, with new, exciting and emerging technologies.

I am currently working with a hand-full of Web Development companies who are looking for Ruby on Rails developers on a permanent basis, some are in the City, others outside.

I would like RUBY ON RAILS developers of all levels to contact me, from junior to senior in experience, but recent experience must be Ruby focused. Solid undesrstanding on my SQL and standards based JavaScript & CSS.

I would like to expose your CV to these Companies by placing your CV in an Online portal; a Talent Bank which only the recruitment manager and myself have access to.

As you will be area this market is very tight and this is a way of companies being aware of who is on the market; it saves them having to trawl through numerous job boards and gives you the best shot of having your CV seen by the right people.

The idea is that we have an Online database where we submit CV’s for them to browse and as and when they need anyone they would contact us.

Please email me with an up to date copy of your CV. I will then be in contact with you.

cwinn-morgan AT rmsportal DOT com
01256 885986

My translation: I work for an IT recruiting firm. I barely have any idea of what I'm doing, but I thought it would be cool to focus on new media and Web 3.0 [sic!] because it's full of buzzwords. We're trying to get some Web development companies to actually return our phone calls. We'd like to put your résumé in a private database that no one is ever going to look at, unless lightning strikes and one of those Web shops calls us back and wants to do business with us and pays us a fee for our private job board instead of using their existing Monster account and actually takes the time to browse our database (because we're certainly not going to go out of our way to tell them about any great people we have available) and isn't turned off by my inability to spell or carry a clue in a bucket.

Did I miss anything? Would people like to see a line-by-line exegesis of where I got that interpretation? Am I totally off base here?

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Yum, bibimbab [Jun. 4th, 2008|12:34 am]
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[Current Mood |pleasedpleased]

I (well, collwen and I) made bibimbab tonight, partly to use up some of the kimchi that's been sitting unopened in the fridge for several weeks. I used this recipe, slightly tweaked into a vegetarian form; it came out beautifully, and I highly recommend it (I can still smell a nice scent from the kitchen as I write this in the bedroom a few hours later). Some notes:

  • Apparently there's some sort of weird food shortage going on due to weather in the south and west. So neither the supermarket nor the co-op had beansprouts, and I couldn't get the mint that collwen had asked me to pick up. Rats. On the plus side, however, that meant that a big helping of kimchi took the place of the beansprouts on the rice -- not a bad thing.
  • I found presliced baby bella mushrooms at the supermarket, and used them in place of beef, without modifying the marinade at all (except that we didn't have quite enough scallions). Then I accidentally dumped the marinade into the skillet when stir-frying the mushrooms, rather than taking them out of the marinade. I'm glad I did: the marinade turned into a delicious sauce, surprisingly teriyaki-like. Yum.
  • Bibimbab is traditionally served with a spicy sauce involving kochu chang (spicy soybean paste). I'm sure the Korean grocery has it, but that was out of the way for me, and none of the other stores had it (no real surprise). So I improvised. I picked up some very dark miso (brown rice miso, specifically), and -- not really expecting it to taste quite "right" -- mixed it with sriracha, a little sugar, and enough water to thin it to the proper consistency. Wow! If I hadn't known it wasn't the proper kochu chang sauce, I would not have guessed: it tasted just like the real thing. And given the small amount used, it's surprisingly essential to the overall flavor of the dish. I'm glad I didn't just leave it out.
  • The recipe doesn't say this anywhere, but kim is simply the Korean term for nori. If you're like me, you probably have some in the house.
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Pictures taken last night in my Scion [Jun. 3rd, 2008|03:22 pm]
Marnen Laibow-Koser
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Here are a couple of pictures taken last night (well, OK, early this morning) in my 2006 Scion xB:

[odometer reading 99999]
[odometer reading 100000]

I bought the car new on 12 September 2005. You do the math. :)

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A tip for Rails and RSpec [Mar. 28th, 2008|02:26 pm]
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This probably won't be of interest to anyone who isn't a Ruby on Rails developer, but since it seems that the thing to do in the Rails community is share tips in blog posts, I thought I might as well jump on the bandwagon.

content_for is a great method to use in Rails views, but I found it hard to test in RSpec -- I couldn't mock the right object to test for the method call, and I couldn't figure out how to get the content variable out of the response. Then I stumbled on RSpec patch 12701, which was incorporated into RSpec releases some time ago (it's in 1.1.3, certainly, and I don't know how far back it goes). It seems that while response can be tested for the main body of the response, anything defined with content_for is available as if it were a hash element. So if your view looks like:

<% content_for :sidebar do %>
  <p>Here's my sidebar text.</p>
<% end %>

<p>And here's my main content.</p>
then you can write a spec that looks something like
describe "my view" do
  before(:each) do
    render 'myview'
  end

  it "should populate the body content" do
    response.should have_tag("p", /main content/)
  end

  it "should populate the sidebar" do
    response[:sidebar].should have_tag("p", /sidebar/)
  end
end
I just went through an hour or two of pain before stumbling on this, so I thought I'd save everyone else some trouble.

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Shameless link-whoring [Jan. 24th, 2008|08:46 pm]
Marnen Laibow-Koser
[Current Mood |sillysilly]

And now for the latest stupid Web trick -- MyMiniCity. Kind of like SimCity, as far as I can tell, but with two key differences:

  • It runs in your Web browser
  • Your population grows depending on the number of people who visit your city on the Web

I've created a city called Ookamizaki (狼崎, Wolf's Point) in the virtual country of Japan. Check it out at http://ookamizaki.myminicity.com and increase my population!

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Studio Car Crash [Jan. 23rd, 2008|12:17 am]
Marnen Laibow-Koser
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Many of you may know about this, but I just found out about the Chicago ABC-TV studio car crash. Go watch the video and laugh yourselves silly.
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I'm a d10 [Jan. 6th, 2008|09:57 pm]
Marnen Laibow-Koser
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[Current Mood |amusedamused]

Thanks to zimarra...

I am a d10

Take the quiz at dicepool.com

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(no subject) [Dec. 4th, 2007|08:20 pm]
Marnen Laibow-Koser
NameLee's Market
Address1170 Central Avenue, Albany, NY
Minimum purchase posted$10
Reported toMasterCard
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