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Comments w/URLs to Links

When you leave a comment which contains a fully qualified URL - that URL will now be auto-converted to a standard link. This makes it easier for comment readers to follow your link. FYI - I decided against recursion here - so I am only enabling one URL to be a link (e.g. others will just display as is). I don't think this is unreasonable for "comments". If you think it is - leave a comment describing why...

I debated using something like "TinyURL", but in the end... I decided to just reduce long URLs to a length that would display, while leaving the actual URL available for Google to index.

While making this change, I also set the comments to hide excessively long lines. These lines are a result of sentences (e.g. usually URLs) not having obvious white space available (e.g. punctuation, spaces, etc) that enables the browser to break/wrap a line. Websites that do not handle this condition end up displaying text that goes outside of its bounds and usually overwrites borders or content to its right. Essentially it's a boo-boo - a very visible boo-boo.

OK - off to next "thing"

Kalamazoo X Conference - Save the Date!

Kalamazoo X Conference logo

April 25th, 2009 - Mark your calendar

Designers & Developers will be heading to Southwest Michigan this April for a new kind of conference. Stay tuned for details.

A little snow blowin' we will go

picture of John snow blowing off north driveway

Saturday's storm didn't turn out as bad as predicted for my locale. Places west of here got more... but as the pic shows we got a fairly consistent 7 inches, with some drifts to 10" of snow.

My 'machine' is 8 years old now - bought it after big storm in '00 (e.g. gifted us with > 2 feet, after 20 straight days of couple inches a day). I shoveled for the first 5 years here (I was younger then... hee hee). At the time of the picture it was 19 degrees (F scale, for those outside U.S.), but no wind, so fairly nice.

This snow is great for the winter tourist industry. Hope the economy keeps them afloat.

Milestone Reached: Comments

By popular demand (e.g. thanks for the NUDGE @glo) I have finished the comment form (yeah right, as if coding is ever finished).

Click on the comments link below each posting to view Marsh Chatter - one at a time, or to use the Comment Form (to the right on wide screens). If the comment form has "floated down" on your narrow screen - use Control - (dash) to scale down the site. If too small to read... then scroll down.

Keep your comments on topic - e.g. related to the displayed Chatter. I have enabled comments on several old posts - so if you want to go back and drop me a note - great - but please don't catch up by posting a comment to a current Chatter that belongs elsewhere.

FYI - I would prefer that you seek to use the Non-Moderated Comments - by filling in the form and getting approved. It's simple and will enable your future comments to be immediately visible to other Marsh visitors. Of course, junk postings will be... well "junked".

Thanks for participating and your efforts to increase the value of the Marsh

Is this where we are? Death for $$

I read about the Walmart employee trampled to death on Friday. I was astounded by the actions of the people in line.

Really now! This guy comes to work that day, probably saying - wow, a really busy day ahead - figured he would do his 8, 10, or 12 hours and then go home to his family. Maybe eat a bit more turkey.

NOPE... it was his turn to die by crowd...

This happened a long time ago. Some of you may have remembered it. Some may have been there. Cincinnati. The WHO Concert. Yes, that's right. General admission seating results in crowd pushing/trampling/killing people just so they could get closer to the show.

The Marsh info describes: Humans claim to be the smartest inhabitants of the planet. The actions by people such as these, prove once more - WE aren't!

Every day you go away from your family... it could be your last! The people at the front of the line or you there... number 10, 15, or 20 back... IT'S ON YOU DUDE or DUDET. Everyone in line pushing those ahead of them - thinking it will really help get you that one step closer to that glorious purchase - you are JUST PLAIN WRONG!

It's not just in line at WalMart folks! It's every day on the expressway, pushing just one, five, or ten MPH more over the speed limit. Rush up to the red lights ahead... Do you think it is going to really help - with all the traffic ahead? NO... you just increase the chance of crashes (not accidents, CRASHES caused by you).

Jeezzz folks. Come on! Death by Crowd... really now! Everyone at that store that day ought to show up at his funeral and say a prayer. Then say your sorry to the family. Then look at your own family and promise to them that you will NEVER let this happen again!