“(Here are) the raw material of facts and thoughts, wood, as it were, so called from the multiplicity and variety of the matter contained therein.”
From Ben Jonson’s Commonplace Book

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Getting Line Count (and Length) with JavaScript

JavaScript provides fantastic tools for dealing with HTML element positions, but when it comes to text nodes there are very few options. While determining the length of an individual line of text isn't a herculean task, it does require a little leg work. Because browsers parse the text children of HTML tags as a single text node, in order to calculate positioning within that text we need to split it up.


The hits keep on coming

If you're interested in picking up some selections from a Grammy-winning recording artist after last night's awards ceremony, you're in luck. Not only is there a substantial library of these recordings available online, but there's new material being released just about every week.


Raising money online – it’s a paradigm change, happening

In the February 2006 issue of Wired magazine on page 54, “Click Here to Donate,” a  graphic illustrates the results of recent disaste


Families USA: Talking about technology

Mike and I had the pleasure recently of speaking on a panel at the Health Action 2006 Conference, sponsored by Families USA and moderated by Luis Hestres.



It's true what they say — how your life can change in an instant. It was just three weeks ago that I learned my father has a brain tumor. Sinc


Little Things that Caught My Attention

I've recently seen some news that caught my attention. I like to keep my posts short and sweet, so here is a Hershey's kiss:


Texas-sized smarts

Politics and Technology, the blog from our friends over at Mandate Media, posted yesterday about a campaign blog that is "doing it


Progressive Gaming Possibilities

Over the holiday I indulged in a neglected favorite pastime: computer gaming.


How Online Organizing Made a Novelist of Me

always been a writer. I haven't always been confident about calling myself a
writer. I guess it's because I discovered long ago that telling people
you're a writer almost always meant their next question would be "What


When Wiki Writers Attack

I have to be honest. Despite my line of work, I still haven't entirely quaffed the wiki kool-aid. Blogging is one thing, but something about a reference source that's editable by anybody makes me a little wary.


Shout-out to

I just wanted to say thank you to, which has unobtrusively become the best first-stop travel site on the web.

I see you like to read printed material. You should check out Nicco's book The End of Big: