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Memorial Day Weekend

This past weekend was great. I went to two events and met some new people. First was Prairie Home Companion at Wolf Trap. Second was the National Memorial Day Concert.

PHC at WT was odd in the sense that i bought 6 tickets right off the bat, knowing they'd eventually find holders. I invited friends immediately and Mark said he'd go. Then i found that Meet In DC were going. I sat with each group for half the show.

My favorite part of the show was a poem by Russell Ringsak, A Little Bit Over 29 Ton, where he describes hauling the show in his truck. The show also featured Odetta, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Mari and HÃ¥kon Samuelsen. Quicksilver is a great bluegrass band, producing strong harmonies in "Heartbreak #9".

The Memorial Day Concert was also good. We got there late so seating was... well non-existent. We stood. To open the concert a military band of trumpeters blasted us away; loved it. There were singers and speeches. The 60th anniversary of Iwo Jima was featured.

This concert is a tribute to Americans who have served this country. For some reason my friends found it best to honor them by leaving early. This, i didn't understand so i stayed. The show continued with the Salute to the Services.

Eli was visiting Celeste and it was nice to finally meet him. We've been chatting on IRC for a while now.

Regarding Color of Links and Accessibiltiy

Seele makes a good point about the color of links or color in general on websites.

First of all i'm not sure i really want links to stand out. I'd prefer that people read my articles in entirely before being distracted by foreign sites. I'll have to think about this more.

Currently, links are dark blue, providing little difference compared to normal text. They become underlined when you put the mouse cursor over them. I like Eli's idea of underlining when the mouse enters the "article" space. He says this is broken in Internet Explorer (IE). Personally i don't give a rat's ass about IE. I think submitting to broken browsers won't improve information technology. While no browser is perfect -- i've found 2 deficiencies in Firefox -- IE is terrible.

I do care about accessibiltiy. Seele refers to a great site that displays your site as a color blind person would see it. It's called Vischeck.

I'm not sure why my site gives Seele a headache when it's only slightly different from Eli's in this respect. Despite this TrickleUp is written entirely from scratch (over 100 php classes), needs improvement, and gets it when i have spare time. I think i will assume that people use a mouse or some sort of 2D cursor. Thus i can use CSS's hover pseudo-class. I will pick up Eli's trick to underline when the mouse enters the article. I will also change the background-color when the mouse is over the link, as i do in the left menu for list items. We'll see how that looks.