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Ever since Dean flamed out at the casting of the first vote, I've had a general idea for a piece about why Mickey Kaus' "Feiler Faster Thesis" is bunk. But that piece still sits incomplete in my head, for I am lazy and a terrible blargher. (In fact, if you're reading this because you think it's a good blargh, I'm sorry. I've been polluting your view of them. Go pick a link on the sidebar. Go to here. Read professionals like Josh Marshall or Glenn "Didn't he use to teach a class here on campus?" Reynolds.) Now, the big story is how John Kerry has proven his electibility by winning Virginia and Tennessee. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like that from here. Kerry, like Dean before him, hasn't been battle tested by our any-scandal-for-a-story political press corps or by Karl "Dirty Tricks" Rove. Kerry won Virginia and Tennessee and all the primaries and caususes except Iowa by virtue of looking "electable". Electable as in does he look like someone that someone else would vote for. That is the kind of thinking that was prevalant with stocks at the end of the 90s boom. That didn't work out well in the case of the boom.

Thus my wish that Edwards and/or Clark had done better Tuesday night. Kerry seems to be a bubble. A Pets.com with a glass jaw. The war hero with no clothes. I hope we don't suffer buyer's remorse come nomination day.

And fortunately, I'm out of links. I've run out of metaphors.

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mannyvision
Feb. 11th, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC)
Apropos of nothing, whilst your journal looks fine on my friends page it think it's way, way too skinny on your page. Particularly if you intend to write longer pieces. I like the overall design OK, but I'd suggest widening the text box by at least a third or so.
sterlingnorth
Feb. 11th, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC)
Designing Sterling
Are you reading this on IE or a Mozilla-based browser (or something else entirely)?

In IE, this page looks fine. In Mozilla (which I use, however) the entries get squashed to my left... it's because I type long titles and they don't wrap when they appear in the sidebar.

Oh, this is probably closer to theft than journalism...

I have two options... Change to a different layout style, or figure out how to edit this layout in S2.

I'm too lazy for either, but this will annoy me enough to force me to do something, someday.
mannyvision
Feb. 11th, 2004 02:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Designing Sterling
I'm using IE5, in Win2000, on a 17 inch monitor at 1024X727. The response page looks OK, but the "main" reading page looks like so: There's three inches of border on each side, in the tan color. The gray profile/navigation/links bar is another two inches, and your userpic takes up a little over an inch. Add in measurement errors and the actual text of your posts appears to be a little under three inches wide to me. So this entry appears to take up a screen and a third, and the entry prior to it just over two full screens.
mannyvision
Feb. 11th, 2004 03:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Designing Sterling
OK, did you just now change it, or am I going nuts? (I realize that "yes" may apply to both of those questions).
sterlingnorth
Feb. 11th, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Designing Sterling
Yes, you're nuts...yes, I've also changed the journal. I've been playing around with it all afternoon. Actually, it took that long because LJ was ...um... sluggish again.
sterlingnorth
Feb. 11th, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Designing Sterling
That I can actually fix on your system...I can just alter one of the variables so that the content of the journal takes up 90% of the screen. That should make it easier for you to read. For me, it's another matter. There's a "nowrap" tag somewhere in the CSS for the sidebar to my left. IE seems to ignore it, but Mozilla doesn't. That means the sidebar is the length of my longest title. And I do type long titles. Of course, I can get rid of the posting summary in the sidebar, but that's exactly why I chose this style to begin with. Otherwise, I'd be using "Component" or the old "Punquin" with the flag. Someday soon, I'm going to have to learn how to futz around with this system.
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