Everyman Links for October 9, 2009

Big on buttons. Buttons are the Rodney Dangerfield of Web Design to most people, but not to me.  If you feel buttons are important like I do you’ll enjoy “23 excellent CSS Button Styling Tutorials.”

The Thick Gravy of Marketing. I’ll never forget a Mike Wallace 60 Minutes interview from at least 15 years ago when Mike said to some corrupt South Carolina politician, “So when you boil it down to the thick gravy…[what you’re saying is BS].” In honor of Mike Wallace, when you boil online marketing down to the thick gravy you’ve got Content, SEO and Social Media.

Social Media Guru in black-n-white. Fun video of a self-proclaimed Social Media Guru putting the hard-press on a potential client. (some language) “Make your check out for $5000 or I’ll write mean things about you online and your life will be a car crash, and people on the internet will retweet me copiously, and they will laugh at you on my command.”

CSS Find of the Week. Have you ever had a parent element that did not fully wrap around its [floating] child element(s)?  You set “margin-bottom: 40px;” and nothing happens?  Solution: Add “overflow:hidden;” to the parent element.  More in this Smashing Magazine post.

It’s about the landing page, stupid. Conjuring the spirit of Carville, Landing Pages are important. 

Top 10 Signs You’re a Twitter Addict. Very funny stuff here. “You think your URL Shrinker is better than someone else’s.” “You Actually Hate Someone On Twitter That You Haven’t Met.” “You Judge People On Their Following/Follower Count.”

Why I tweeted this week, part one. This beautiful front porch photo of my friend @JohnCVermont’s bottle of Ayinger beer.

Why I tweeted this week, part two. All true Browncoats follow Nathan Fillion, the former Captain of the spaceship Serenity. He tweeted a few days ago, “Johnathan Frakes is directing. Yesterday, he called me Number One. My heart made a noise that sounded like awesome.”

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.