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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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I recall, some time back, watching one of those TV debates (The Jeremy Kyle show or summat like that) about faith-schools and related subjects. I don't remember much about the debate itself, though it probably ended up being as conclusive as such events generally are, given that the case from the religious side is always "because God says so," but they never actually want to come out and admit that they think summat's a good idea merely because a big beardy man in the sky told them it was; and so they prevaricate and muddy the waters. But, anyway, that's not the subject of this post.

There was a remark made by someone on the show to the effect that having to say the Lord's Prayer every day in school-assembly is pretty innocuous, and can hardly be classed as persecution. And, for some reason, the remark stuck in the back of my mind. On the one hand; yes I completely agree that being made to say a prayer is hardly equivalent to being burned at the stake. But there's that phrase "being made to." However we look at it, we end up with the fact that kids in this country are forced to pay lip-service to a god of the state's or school's choosing, unless their parents specifically request that they be excused from such nonsense. Persecution it may not be. Indoctrination it most certainly is.

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Generic Rhythm ‘n’ Blues

Some chappy on Yahoo Games (pool) reckoned I couldn't write a generic 50s-style R 'n' B song in under five minutes. I said okay, gimme a generic lyric and he chose the old "don't like my apples, don't shake my tree," line. And I wrote a song. So here it is. It's in the style of artists like Joe Turner and Wynonie Harris, and is as damned-well generic as I could make it. And I'll shut up now, 'cause I've got about 30 seconds left to post it…

If you didn't like my peaches, why did you shake my tree?
If you didn't like my peaches, why did you shake my tree?
My fruit was on show for all the world to see.

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With apologies to Sam Cooke, Lou Adler and Herb Alpert.

Don't know squat about history.
Don't know any biology.
Don't remember any science I took.
In fact I only ever need one Book.

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