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CSS Superscript & Subscript

Some time back, I posted an article on basic maths (well, okay, arithmetic) symbols and the correct way to present them in web pages. In the course of it, I mentioned that the <sup> and <sub> tags are the wrong way to give that nice fraction-y look to fractions. By which I mean nicer-looking than "29⁄2", for example. The fraction-slash, being smaller than the forward-slash, gets sort of hidden in the crush between the digits. It's worse in some fonts than others, but not really very pretty in any. Anyway, I mentioned in passing that it is possible to create the same effect with CSS, which won't affect the way a screen reader will present it to the user. Then, somewhat to my shame, I basically said "but I can't be bothered right now."

To be fair to myself, it would have been something of a digression. To be honest with myself, it was bloody lazy. And I'm the bleedin' king, or at least in direct line to the throne, of digressionism; that really shouldn't have been an issue.

So I'll make up for it now, by beginning the piece-proper with… a digression! Yay!

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Beer

Friday night. Time to kick back and open a beer, Gentle Reader. Tonight I are drinkin' Theakston's Old Peculiar Peculier. A bit of an odd drink, it looks and smells darker than it tastes…

Oh, shut up, Daz, and put some bloody music on!

Theakston's Old Peculier

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Dear, Oh Dear, Oh Dear, Oh…

Yes this video really does appear to be real. I had to check the site linked from the description, to be honest; the acting is so OTT cheesy I suspected it might be a Poe. Nope. Real. Sickeningly, cheesily, false-equivalence-ily. Real.

Because behaviour which harms real people is exactly like behaviour which offends the non-existent sensibilities of mythological invisible beings in the sky. And don't you forget it!
Daz

H/T: Preliator pro Causa


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*That* Question

The pastor's working up a theme of sex—red-faced, and so devout—
Pounding pulpit, brimstone, fiery Hell, "Resist such Earthly needs!"
And I wonder—cynic that I am—how long 'til headlines shout:
"PASTOR'S DOUGHNUT-LADEN DONGER—HOOKER TAKES A FEED!"

The priest around the corner—just as pious, though with less hellfire—
Is declaiming on Teh Gheys and how they're bound for doom.
Start the countdown now, to his eventual outing as a liar!
Found with rent boy and a gimp-mask in a dingy motel room.

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Morals For Dummies Revisited

A few days back, I produced a little post entitled Morals For Dummies. It's not very long, so I'll quote the whole thing in its rather angry entirety, rather than link to it.

If you need to look up what's bad about rape and abuse;
If the mutilation of children's genitalia requires your use
Of a book of instructions from God on high
Before you'll condemn it, then my, oh my—

You're a contemptible little shite.
Please stop wasting my oxygen.

(No, I wasn't aiming for subtlty.)
Daz

The sentiment wasn't, though it may have seemed so, borne of any one particular incident, though the Freethinker comment board's latest religious gadfly, Ken, did provide a good example the other week. I can't be arsed to look for it, but basically it amounted to a statement that rape is wrong because God says extramarital sex is wrong, or summat along those lines. I've seen such argumentation from religious people before (not all religious people, I hasten to add), both when trying to tell me—a non believer—that their holy book of choice is still somehow relevant and in discussion amongst themselves; not just about rape, but about many moral and ethical situations and decisions.

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Good Rockin’ Tonight

It's about time I did another music post, methinks.

After my little bash at writing a fifties-style R 'n' B song, t'other day, how's about a post consisting of examples of the genuine article? Here's five of my favourites.
Daz


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If you need to look up what's bad about rape and abuse;
If the mutilation of children's genitalia requires your use
Of a book of instructions from God on high
Before you'll condemn it, then my, oh my—

You're a contemptible little shite.
Please stop wasting my oxygen.

(No, I wasn't aiming for subtlty.)
Daz


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