I guess

I’ll blog about July 4th’s happenings. It was funs-a-plenty, come to think. And overall, it was a realy contrast to last year. Last year, if no one remembers, July 4th started the events that led a lot of my friends into fights and a whole lot of drama. Last night’s events definitely weren’t that extreme, but they were fun nonetheless.

At the beginning of the day, I had nothing to do, so I tagged along with James to Pier 39, Riptide Arcade, where Jeremy, bless his face, had free DDR. I spent a very, very small amount of money in the arcade, and that made me happy-chappy. List of people that were there can be found in Paolo’s blog. I’m too lazy to copy and paste.

After a trip to In ‘N Out and a whole lot of yelling at random people about interracial relationships ([email protected]$!), we um… headed back to RTA, where um, we played MORE DDR and beatmania III.

So soon enough we all headed to Ghirardelli square to seat ourselves in a big ol’ crowded grassy area to get a good view of the fireworks over the bay, but um, it was already so foggy and smokey from others’ fireworks that we couldn’t really see the sub-par fireworks show… and then people in front of us slowly started standing up, so sooner or later we could see nothing but ass fireworks.

So we decided to head BACK to RTA and just watch the fireworks on the way back… but I don’t know. Screw the fireworks. No one cares. It’s a bunch of flashy boom lights. Ok!

We made the mistake of hanging out at the arcade for too long. I did a 5-song TaQ run on the DDR machine with Sean, much to his dismay, and later discovered that the DDR Extreme pad at RTA totally SUCKS while playing with Grace. It was all great fun, but soon the arcade closed and we found ourselves with no way back to Marin. Um, in fact, we didn’t really have a method of returning in the first place.

So we followed Grace on a MUNI to Park Presidio and then took a cab, which was pleasantly, um… not over $50. Yeah.

But I don’t know, I think it was worth paying that… James and I split it, and waiting for a bus to head back to Marin at 1:00 in the morning would have been a pretty horrible experience. I didn’t have a car in SF, which would have cost a whole lot to park. And now James and I can go to the fair or something! If we’re up for walking. James, Grace, and I walked from Pier 39 to downtown. Was sorta pleasant, but not for everyone’s legs. Definitely the most exercise I had gotten in a while… which is sad.

So yes! A happy, non-dramatic, and ALL-AMERICAN 4th of July. I was enjoy.

Additionally…

It’s a Saturday and there was supposed to be like 100 things happening today but no one’s talking to me and what is going on I will do anything today boy do I sound like a total LJ whore right about now look I just posted a quiz and I think I’ll LJ-cut it because I am so ashamed~!!!

TRIBUTE TO PIZZA

OKAY SO YOU HAVE A BIG FLAT CIRCLE OF BREAD WITH LOTS OF OIL ON IT

AND THEN YOU PUT A LOT OF TOMATO SAUCE ON IT

AND MELT SOME CHEESE ONTO IT

THEN SLICE YOUR CHOICE OF MEAT ON TOP OF IT

AND THEN YOU CUT IT INTO SLICES AND YOU HAVE THE FUCKING BEST THING YOU’VE EVER EATEN IN YOUR LIFE

AND THEN MAYBE YOU SPEND A FEW HOURS ON THE CAN BUT YOU KNOW YOU’VE DONE THE RIGHT THING IN THE NAME OF EATING

Oh

I forgot to blog about the remainder of my trip to NY.

Well uh we hung out with the entire family and saw Terminal and went to eastern Long Island and saw Fahrenheit 9/11 and that’s about it.

Okay!

So Bob asks me for a site design for his new LJ username and guess what happens:

Site design COMPLETE!

And I’m damn proud of it, too. It relies heavily on PNG transparency. What’s that you say? IE doesn’t support PNG transparency? Well let me tell you a little something something, mister! [warning nerd speak ahead]

Okay so yeah, IE is a retard and doesn’t have native support for PNGs with alpha transparency. Me ‘n the gang at #4toontellers, though, were brainstorming a few ways of overcoming this.

First of all, there was some god-awfully long and complicated PHP extraction process, but that wouldn’t work since LiveJournal pages cannot be PHP.

Then, we came across a JavaScript technique that seemed slightly simpler, and I tried implementing it, and… okay, LiveJournal doesn’t allow JavaScript code

So third, we come across this freaky easy CSS approach that takes nothing to implement. Woo! So there you have the giant corner images that just blend into the grid background.

The only problem is, this works for images that use the IMG tag, but not PNGs that are used as background images in tables. So the blog tables in the site design will appear slightly different in IE (read: opaque). Firefox (to which I’ve decided to switch over) and other non-stupid (read: IE) browsers will display the tables in a really awesome semi-transparent fading doohickey awesome.

Oh and it took a really long time to get rid of unnecessary scrollbars and to keep some elements static while others scroll. Woo! But it was a great exercise in CSS and it taught me a lot. Good and fun times.