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Venting in HTML
does anyone else do this?
too much information

 7:02 pm on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I catch myself doing this more and more...

For example, an e-mail comes to me with some irritating content, and I start working on my reply. Being honest, yet sarcastic.

Then realizing that I will probably be "working from home" if I accidently hit 'reply' I copy and paste the reply into my text editor so I can continue because it is now a therapeutic thing.

So this is where the 'mental condition' part probably starts to creap in. I start reading this reply as I work on it and I start thinking how much better it could look if it wasn't plain text. And... I start adding HTML formatting to it, and previewing it in my browser.

I'm guessing I'm not the only one doing this, but I'm going to be worried if I am. ;o)



 8:16 pm on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Seek help.


 8:26 pm on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

You are now 1 out of 3. One the plus side, you could also hone your CSS skills at the same time, making every word a different color, perhaps?

too much information

 8:41 pm on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

lol, I was working on one this morning and didn't like how the table formatting worked... and switched to CSS.



 9:26 pm on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Make that one out of four. You may be the only one...

...OTOH, as grandpa pointed out, it is a great opportunity to practise your coding skills. Perhaps when you master CSS you can progress to writing PHP scripts that write the email rants for you in standards-compliant xhtml/css.


 9:59 pm on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

One out of five. ;)

A more socially beneficial version of your disorder would be to do this when telemarketers call your house.

Them: How would you like to double your home's value? It only takes seven seconds and doesn't cost you a thing!

You: Open bracket div id equals content close bracket open bracket p close bracket That sounds open bracket span class equals red italics bold close bracket really open bracket forward-slash span close bracket great tell me more open bracket forward-slash p close bracket carriage return open bracket forward-slash div close bracket.

Them: You could have just hung up on me, dude.



 11:00 pm on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

One out of six....


 11:04 pm on Feb 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

making every word a different color, perhaps?

Man there's a script begging to be written...


 12:52 am on Feb 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

I once got a domain and hosting for the express purpose of making a two page rant against a local politician...

By the time I was done, I kept the template... it was georgeously formatted.

Not sure if that counts.

Man there's a script begging to be written...

please don't. Write it, and it WILL be used.


 1:02 am on Feb 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

Man there's a script begging to be written...

please don't. Write it, and it WILL be used.

Already been done. It's a common thing in MUSHes; it's coded to run on most flavors of *nix.... Oh - you ought to see the one that does every LETTER in a different color, and then rotates them through a cycle, causing a flashing blinking "wave" sort of idiocy....


 1:27 am on Feb 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm getting a headache just thinking about how annoying that would look.

too much information

 5:44 am on Feb 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm currently learning PHP, but since I never vented in ASP I would assume that I will be ok with PHP as well.

You know, If I can turn this into something useful...

All I have to do is teach the boss to get me ticked off about the opposite of what needs to be done. I'll get fired up and hack out some fantastic code... I feel better, boss is happy, new content looks great.

Naaa... It would never work. I only get fired up about stupid things.

Telemarketers... I once told one of them that his was the worst approach I had ever heard and that he would probably make a better living working as a dishwasher at McDonald's, then hung up on him. ... He called back and cussed out my answering machine. ;o)


 7:20 am on Feb 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

Plain text, stopped using html emails last year, never ever, don't see them, don't send them. As for the rest of the obsessive redoing, guilty.


 4:21 am on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

One out of seven. ;)

But one of my odd quirks is that I quite frequently think in code - for instance, I arrange my plate at dinner time (mentally of course) with CSS-P. Very sad. And then there was the time my brother, sitting at a computer next to me, made a humorous quip at my expense, and I tried to swat him on the shoulder, but did it with my mouse cursor instead of my hand . . .


 5:46 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

I arrange my plate at dinner time (mentally of course) with CSS-P

That puts you in the same help-seeking class as too much information, I suspect >;->

Meanwhile, I've found that magazines in Dentist waiting rooms are generally rubbish, but you can always pick up a pen and start writing mark up tags around the headlines, paragraphs, tables, images etc.


 6:41 am on Feb 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

Or if you really want to be left alone at your local coffee bar, pull out a stack of code print-outs, and start doodling random characters throughout. Great way to meditate on whatever you want to think about (the NHL strike, who's coming out of the closet on the Simpsons, and other matters of great import) and be absolutely CERTAIN that anyone who walks by with the intent of striking up a conversation will take one look at the code and leave you alone.

Linux manuals seem to have about the same effect.


 5:58 pm on Feb 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

Seek help.

LMAO....and I agree


 2:33 am on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

get with the times! rant in XML. You can be more <useless>creative</useless> with your <jerk type='client'>tags</jerk>.


 5:36 am on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)


I think I've found the right forum.

(stagedives into unsuspecting crowd)


 5:50 am on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Heh - welcome, Ptiza!


 6:03 am on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have to agree, seek help :P

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